Much love to Chris Brown. You may not like it but I've been a supporter of his from the beginning throughout all the drama and legalities. I had an inkling that he was troubled beyond just what was being seen.
According to many media outlets Chris Brown has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and PTSD. Which is a very a complex disorder to deal with and add to the fire the fact that he's famous and in the public eye it almost makes it impossible to manage or hide without treatment and extensive counseling.
This diagnosis explains his violent outbursts and strange behavior. It seemed like Chris Brown just changed over night from my perspective. He went from a lovable entertainer to one of the most hated men in Hollywood to date. The mere mention of his name sparks severe controversy.
Chris Brown was self medicating, he had severe sleep deprivation (from an extensive schedule), along with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), coupled along with his bipolar disorder. This dangerous cocktail of mental instability caused him to spin violently out of control.
With the help of a treatment physician and the anger management techniques provided by the rehab facility Chris Brown has learned how to manage his disorders successfully. According to CNN, Chris Brown completed his 3 month stay at the rehab, but recently the judge ordered him to return to the facility for 2 more months. Instead of getting angry Chris appeared to meditate and put himself at ease to accept the ruling of the judge. He seemed calm and exercised restraint in the court which is a great sign that his treatment is working. Hopefully Chris will learn to manage his anger better and make informed, well thought out decisions.
For those of you who are skeptical of his diagnosis let's look at the disorders he's been diagnosed with: PTSD and Bipolar disorder.
PTSD: Its normally mentioned in terms of soldiers who have been in the war and are having a difficult time adjusting to normal civilian life. But in actuality it occurs more often to civilians than you think. PTSD is an anxiety disorder. It occurs when a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events. Chris Brown by his mother and his own admission was exposed to violence as a child. His mother was physically abused and he witnessed it. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, approximately 25% of children exposed to family violence can experience PTSD in a study of 337 school age children. This could be the reason for his diagnosis of PTSD, coupled with a billion other things that have occurred in his life and career.
Now let's take look at the other disorder he's been diagnosed with: Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder: It is a mental condition in which a person is experiences emotions in the most extreme form. A person can experience depression, rage, sadness, or extreme happiness in waves. Bipolar disorder causes are unknown but it occurs often in relatives who have bipolar disorder (which means it MAY be hereditary). These waves or episodes of mania (the extreme form of emotions that can occur when a person suffers from bipolar disorder) can be triggered by anything, anything like sleep deprivation, medicine, childbirth, and recreational drug use.
With all the things that have contributed to this young mans mental instability its hard not to feel sorry for him. I still say that the guy needs to limit or completely cut off his use of social media. Its too much access to what people think and or say and it can be seriously detrimental to him. I just don't think it will do him any good to hear or read what people have been or will say about him and his diagnosis.
I hope and pray that he continues to get better. Congrats Chris Brown on your new found peace. Much Love!
Source: CNN and TIME