Hollywood has long been a land full of blessings -- and curses.

You've heard of the 'Seinfeld' curse (on its popular stars, who struggled to find good roles after the huge hit ended), the 'Poltergeist' curse (on cast members who met with unexpected or violent deaths), and this spring's much-hyped Oscar curse (on Best Actress winners whose marriages crumble).

But recent headlines beg the question: Has a curse descended upon the reality-TV world? Seemingly fun-loving participants have made news for committing suicide, murdering their wives, murdering their wives and then committing suicide -- and a host of other problems from jail time to cash crises.

Julien Hug (pictured), a contestant on Jillian Harris' season of 'The Bachelorette,' horrified fans of the hit series when he shot himself in a California desert three weeks ago, leaving a note saying he'd been suffering severe depression: "If life's not enjoyable, why stick around?"

"In a reality show, it's a quick rise and fall," University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Dr. Christos Ballas tells PopEater. "You are hyper-inflated well outside of what you ever experienced before. If you take that away, you are in freefall. You go down, and you go down hard."

And a number of others involved with reality TV have shown just how far the fall is.