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The Rush to Diagnose Charlie Sheen

Many articles and blog posts have speculated about Charlie Sheen's recent bizarre behavior, and various possible diagnoses have been mentioned. People want to understand him -- what's wrong with him, why he's behaving this way and what can be done to help him.

Although mental health clinicians might seem to be the perfect folks to opine on Sheen's behavior and its root cause, in fact it is unethical for clinicians to diagnose someone from afar, without actually evaluating the person.

So I won't attempt to put a diagnostic label on him. But I do think it's worth examining some of the larger issues that are at play as we all, yet again, witness a famous person apparently melting down.

Read the rest on AOL News. 

(FYI, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people; thanks, Gina, for helping Red Room authors in this way.)

Copyright 2011 by Robin S. Rosenberg. All rights reserved.
Robin S. Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist. Her website is DrRobinRosenberg.com 

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oh gosh

He openly spoke about smoking large rocks of crack cocaine in writing and on video, and now we hope he is sober one week from crack cocaine? oh dear. and this sad interview where he hired two porn stars who likely used together in front of the kids. It is not the mystery of the century or anything.