Is Charlie Sheen Bipolar?
We’ve certainly had our Charlie Sheen fix over the past few days. Some of us can’t get enough of his off-the-wall babble, while I’ve heard many others say “Enough already!” I’m a part of the “I can’t take my eyes off the train wreck” camp.
Sheen’s rants are disturbing and entertaining at the same time, leaving the experts (and non-experts) to diagnose him from afar. On Wednesday I interviewed one of those experts who offered his take on Sheen. And like many of the other experts’ remote diagnosis, Mike Brose, executive director of the Tulsa Mental Health Association, believes Sheen’s behavior is either caused by substance abuse or he’s bipolar. Here’s a portion of my interview:
Brose went over the symptoms of bipolar disorder, which include:
- Agitation or irritation
- Inflated self-esteem
- Little need for sleep
- Lack of self-control
- Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use
- Sexual promiscuity
Wow! That pretty well describes Sheen’s behavior, at least by my very unprofessional remote diagnosis. Here’s Brose’s take:
We ran out of time, but afterwards I asked Brose what we could expect next from Sheen, if he is indeed bipolar, and he goes untreated. Brose told me he’s worried he could hurt someone, or if his behavior heads the opposite way, he could fall into a deep depression, and could end up hurting himself.
Many of us watch Charlie Sheen for the pure entertainment value, wondering what will come out of his mouth next. Brose is a professional, an expert in the field of mental health. He told me Sheen is too painful for him to watch. For Brose, Sheen may be that train wreck he just can’t stomach to watch.