Is Honey Boo Boo finding fame too much Psychiatrist claims that seven-year-old star is 'overwhelmed' by her celebrity status
21:03 GMT, 5 November 2012
Alana Thompson, who shot to fame in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, is apparently struggling to cope with the pressures of being a child star.
Last month, during a whirlwind media tour in Los Angeles the seven-year-old triggered concern, as she appeared on several TV shows unresponsive and fidgety. She even announced during a live episode of Dr Drew that she hates being on television because 'fans come up to me'.
Now several critics believe she is finding it difficult to come to terms with her new-found celebrity status, and psychiatrist, Dr Charles Sophy, warned InTouch magazine that she's 'clearly sending signals that she's overwhelmed'.
The perks and pitfalls of fame: Alana Thompson pictured at a pageant in January, before she was awarded her own spin-off show (left) and last month after appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show in Los Angeles (right)
Meanwhile Access Hollywood host, Billy Bush, said on Today, the day after Alana threw pillows at him on set, that 'this kid needs discipline in a major way'.
However her mother June Shannon, 33, claims
that if her daughter doesn't want to do television anymore, 'then we back
out and just continue our lives'.
Alana found fame in January as
an unlikely beauty pageant favourite in the TV show Toddlers and
Tiaras before landing her own spin-off series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo this summer.
Each episode of the TLC hit, follows Alana and her self-proclaimed redneck family in their hometown of McIntyre, Georgia.
No cause for concern: June Shannon claims that if her daughter doesn't want to do television anymore 'then we back out and just continue our lives'
Since premiering on August 8 this year, the show has attracted millions of viewers and its August 29 installment attracted nearly 3 million viewers, eclipsing every network's coverage of the Republican National Convention and Paul Ryan's speech.
But now commentators believe that the youngster is tired of living under the glare of the spotlight.
'Everywhere she goes, the attention she gets is crazy – it's more than an adult could handle'
A source revealed to InTouch: 'Last week I saw her come out of the front door, upset, with cameras following her.
'She was only in the garden for about two minutes, when her mom and crew member came out and she had her go back inside.'
While another, who attended a wrestling event in Milledgeville, Georgia on September 8, where Alana was seen wearing Daisy Duke shorts and heels, told the tabloid: 'A lot of parents feel sorry for her.
'Everywhere she goes, the attention she gets is crazy – it's more than an adult could handle.'
Speaking her mind: The feisty reality TV star said she hated being on TV on the Dr. Drew show last month
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's initial ten-episode season came to an end last week, however TLC recently announced additional episodes are to come.
Amy Winter, general manager of TLC, said in a statement. 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has become a pop culture phenomenon.
'What you see is what you get and we are excited to share even more of Alana and her family's unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers.'