The implications of Amber Heard’s suspected Borderline Personality Disorder


The implications of Amber Heard’s suspected Borderline Personality Disorder.

According to a psychologist hired by Johnny Depp’s defence team in his high-profile defamation claim against his ex-wife Amber Heard, the actress has borderline personality disorder.

Dr. Shannon Curry, a clinical psychologist who is licenced but not board certified, as Heard’s attorney pointed out, testified on Tuesday that she believes Heard “demonstrates psychological symptoms of combined borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder,” as evidenced by “an overly dramatic presentation” with “impressionistic speech” that “really lacks any substance,” Curry explained at one point.

Curry’s assessment was based on case files provided by Depp’s attorneys as well as two staged conversations with Heard, who emphasised in her testimony that she frequently deals with famous clients.

Due to her adversarial connection with Depp, who went from being “idealised to the dustbin” by Heard, the expert witness found that the “self-righteous” 36-year-old had “grossly inflated” symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. When LAPD Officer Melissa Saenz was summoned to the couple’s house in 2016, she “did not recognise her as a victim of domestic violence,” according to her statement, which led to later testimony that Heard had showed dubious symptoms of abuse.

People with borderline personality disorder have trouble balancing their emotions rationally. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, BPD sufferers are more impulsive, reckless, and insecure as a result, and hence have difficulties establishing close relationships.

Those who have been diagnosed with the disorder frequently suffer with substance misuse and are prone to rage outbursts, self-harm, and suicide threats. Those with histrionic personality disorder, on the other hand, have a flair for the dramatic while engaging in attention-seeking behaviour.

Personality disorders are distinct from mood disorders, which are defined by patients’ unique emotional patterns (e.g., bipolar disorder or clinical depression). Personality disorders describe people who have a negative and counterproductive relationship with society.

As the lawyers for the “Aquaman” star questioned Curry’s assessment of their client’s mental state, they also indicated that Depp, 58, had triggered Heard’s alleged violent reactions through “gaslighting,” a narcissistic manipulation technique.

Both BPD and HPD fall into a subcategory of personality disorders all characterized by a disregard for consequences. Also in this group: antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder — the latter of which surfaced in headlines earlier Tuesday after shock jockey Howard Stern accused Depp of being a “huge narcissist” after watching the plaintiff’s “overacting” on the stand earlier this week. Generally, a narcissist is defined as someone with a grossly inflated sense of self-worth.

While Stern is no psychologist, it doesn’t take a scientist to spot the parallels between events of the embattled relationship — the arguments, accusations, addictions and alleged violence — and key symptoms indicative of both BPD and narcissism. Moreover, those with either disorder are prone to rush into relationships out of their deep desire for a new partner’s admiration, and end them just as quickly, as soon as that initial shine fades — all of which makes the pairing a potentially volatile combo.

Though Curry’s assessment is not an official diagnosis, Heard may share that with SNL comic Pete Davidson, who has been open about his struggles with borderline personality disorder, and the relief he felt upon being diagnosed, finally able to name the problem.

The implications of Amber Heard’s suspected Borderline Personality Disorder.


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