Amid Continued Battle Against HIV, Charlie Sheen Thinks He Has Bipolar Disorder

Amid Continued Battle Against HIV, Charlie Sheen Thinks He Has Bipolar Disorder

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charlie-sheen-1024Appearing on Dr Oz last Monday, Anger Management star has admitted he might be bipolar disorder.

The famous actor said he thinks he might be suffering from regular maniac episodes, and further admitted that the diagnosis had been mentioned to him by medical experts in the last couple of years.

“I’ve been described or diagnosed by enough people that I guess at some point you have to take a look at it,” said Sheen.

The bipolar disorder is a condition which typically sees sufferers experience bouts of both depression and manic behaviour.

“I’ve been described or diagnosed by enough people that I guess at some point you have to take a look at it… Manic behaviour is usually in the throes of departing substance abuse and drinking. It doesn’t really happen when I’m not doing that,” he said. Sheen however, said he has never viewed his mood swings as a problem.

“They’ve always seemed normal to me. That’s as honest as I can be. I’ve just accepted it as part of my make-up. I don’t look at it as mania, I just look at it as the very… interesting universe.”

Despite being one of the most successful actors around, Sheen’s career has also been marred by all kinds of controversies; hitting the headlines on several occasions due to his bad behaviour.

The 50-year old actor admitted that this typically occurred during “maniac episodes.” He however, told Dr Oz last Monday that these were sparked by his highly publicized abuse of drugs and alcohol.

‘Manic behaviour is usually in the throes of departing substance abuse and drinking,’ explained Sheen. ‘It doesn’t really happen when I’m not doing that.’

Sheen said that even if he accepted a diagnosis of bipolar disorder – formerly known as manic depression – he wasn’t sure he would take medication to treat it.

‘What else is it going to “fix”?’ Sheen asked, he however added: “I would certainly consider it, sure.”

50-year old Sheen had gone public about his HIV status last November; and also admitted on Dr Oz’s show that he had been “risking his life” in stopping to take his medication. The actor stopped his treatment plan in order to try out alternative therapies, but returned to his medication after the viral count in his blood increased.

The star actor also used the Monday show with Dr Oz to encourage those who have been living with a positive diagnosis for upwards of 20 years; insisting that he liked the idea of being a spokesperson for the HIV positive community.

Sheen has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show on three different occasions this month to talk about his struggles with addiction and living with his HIV diagnosis.

The first step to recovering from this condition is admitting there is a problem, which the star actor seems to have done, and could now be on his way to recovery if all goes according to plan.

While the actor has not completely admitted being hit by the condition, nothing is ruled out at this stage.

 

 

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