Dr. Drew says Charlie Sheen will soon become violent

Dr. Drew Pinsky, a medical doctor and addiction medicine specialist who produces and stars in Celebrity Rehab and several other reality TV shows, spoke to TV host Joy Behar about Charlie Sheen‘s condition. He explained that Sheen is in a hypomanic state due to a psychiatric condition known as hypomania that can be induced by drugs and alcohol. He explains that hypomania means “under mania,” and when a patient reaches “mania,” they completely lose touch with reality. People with hypomania display aggression, a belief that they have special powers, and always refuse treatment. When they become aggressive, violent, erratic and unpredictable, it’s usually family or friends who bring them in for treatment. He said it’s disturbing that the sycophants who surround Sheen are egging him on instead of containing him and getting him to proper care, and says they should be held accountable when things go bad, because “it’s not going to go well. He looks like he’s headed towards mania right now and if he does, you’ll hear about the police coming out frequently, you’ll hear about violent behaviors, you’re going to hear about drug arrest, that’s just where this kind of goes. It doesn’t tend to get better by itself.”

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  1. Andrea • March 10, 2011 @ 12:43 AM

    Sounds like a smart man, he’s hit the nail on the head with Charlie’s symptoms. And he’s right, those creatures who surround Charlie right now are just enabling him. If they left him alone and didn’t help him in his quest to be the biggest joke of all time, maybe he’d clue in to the fact that he needs help. Or maybe his family would be able to step in and demand that he get help but as it stands, everyone is just waiting for him to go over the edge and hurt someone else or himself so this media circus can end.

  2. rRita • March 10, 2011 @ 9:47 AM

    It doesnt tend to get better by itself

    I’ve heard of people get better without anyone’s help! They may be far and few between, but it does happen! I also know one person; a very addictive person who stopped by himself.

    All it takes is different things, family/friends and for the person to get back in control, back in touch with his inner controlled Being again.

    Another thing 1 news source and 1 Reviewer on tribute.ca, has said that Mr. Sheen has So Much $$$ FROM US, that leads to over grandiose thoughts of himself! Which may lead him to think he’s got abusive ‘power’ over any1 he chooses??

    I & another Reviewer said the celebrities shouldn’t make such a humungus amount, and I Agree! I agree that they Should be paid More than most people, but 10-20 MILLION is Way Too Much!! If you really want 2 help curb that kind of behavior, like another Reviewer said, try and not go to the movies very much, if at all.

    The last few yrs. it would have been easy to do becoz of mostly poor movies. But this year the Producers R making them mostly the way I really like them!!

  3. angie • March 10, 2011 @ 9:58 AM

    It is all about the media. They have the power to stop the insanity.

  4. Colin • March 10, 2011 @ 10:11 AM

    I feel bad for those children that are in his care… they are the ones suffering the most through all this.

  5. Andrea • March 10, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

    I don’t think there are any children in his care right now, Colin. Neither of the mothers will let him see them.

  6. David • March 10, 2011 @ 10:36 AM

    He is a perfect reason why I don’t want to become immensely wealthy. The guy has everything and has done everything to the point where he doesn’t know what to do with himself. Obviously he has an addictive personality – maybe he can become addicted to philanthropy! At least his money would be put to good use.

  7. Billy Stewart • March 10, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

    I wish Charlie Sheen would just go away.
    What a spoiled, grossly overpaid, self-absorbed twit.

  8. L1feless • March 10, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

    Honestly I think he has just gotten himself into a horrible cycle. I challenge any of you to attempt a normal life with media, fans and friends hounding you all the time. Pile on top of that long hours on sets trying to get different takes done and I can certainly see how some of these people turn to drugs or alcohol for a quick remedy for it all. It certainly isn’t the right answer but it is an answer.

    Sheen just made some horrible choices in what he did, in particular his drug of choice, cocaine. A highly addictive drug one which is known to have people build a tolerance to the ‘High’. An average person could never afford to do that much Cocaine to end up where Charlie is right now but that is what having millions in disposable income can do.

    As much as it pains me to say it I think he needs to have a near death experience or a major event to snap himself out of it. Some sort of devastating car crash or burst of violence. If it is enough and I hope it is he will be able to see that what he is doing is killing him. Alternatively anything which involves an extended jail sentence would also do the trick. 2-3 weeks in solitary would be perfect. He’ll sober up completely and be forced into treatment.

    Right now all Charlie sees is the walls of the tunnel. Here’s hoping he eventually sees the light.

  9. Doug • March 10, 2011 @ 12:58 PM

    The money!..is the root. Same with NHL hockey players, there’s so many millions at stake when they win that they’ve come to deliberately injuring other players so badly it puts them out of commission, thus a better chance to win their games.

  10. Duncan • March 10, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

    Were it not for Charlie Sheen being a celebrity, he would already be under psychiatric care. It is a sad situation that no one is getting him the help he needs and that others are preying off this unfortunate turn of events. Charlie Sheen is quite ill.

  11. Bob • March 10, 2011 @ 1:35 PM

    Will become violent? Last I checked, this guy has beaten two wives now…what a joke.

  12. Lisa • March 10, 2011 @ 1:55 PM

    Rita is absolutely out to lunch if she thinks that Sheen can beat this on his own. Very RARELY happens. I know because I have been around a family member with such troubles. When that person reaches a certain point sometimes help isn’t even enough. When a habitual abuser who has abused for many many years like Sheen reaches this point it is very dangerous actually. The humiliating public meltdowns, the violent behaviour such as spousal abuse and the destruction of hotel rooms, refusing to believe he has a problem and the greater than thou attitude and the invincibility complex means his family should intervene and court order extended rehab and psychotherapy. People who usually abuse for as many years as he has usually “use” to control a mental illness and/or condition. This paired with a job that exposes you to the public never having privacy and the romanticism that hovers over Hollywood straying people from a “normal life” coupled with every action under constant scrutiny is also a contributing factor. It is easy to point a finger and say hahahaha look at that loser when in truth he is not but a very sick puppy in a raging denial of a problem that will not go away. Like I said he should be intervened by his family and court ordered into extended rehab and psycho therapy. I know because “every family has one” and the person I know is going thru the very same thing. Often people with ADHD use to try to control the manic behaviour that goes with that condition as well as other mental disorders. This I have learned by talking to professionals and researching this subject of drug and alcohol abuse.

  13. Robert • March 10, 2011 @ 2:29 PM

    Hollywood creates these monsters, and the media capitalize on it. How about helping the poor man out instead of just sitting back and watching him burn. Everyone wants to ride his ass to make a quick buck, but when he’s in the gutter bleeding everyone who’s done so aren’t going to be there to pull him out.

    I’m not sure if avoiding movies will do much. You wouldn’t get enough people on board, and even if you didn’t you couldn’t keep enough people away long enough to make lasting change. There has got to be a better way.

    What really creates the monster is the Stardom. You want to stop that, well don’t hound stars for autographs… don’t buy them either. Stop watching TMZ and shows like it. Don’t buy tabloids. If you run into a celeb, treat them like the neighbour you see once a week. In other words don’t help the media create the monster.

  14. Sol • March 10, 2011 @ 2:54 PM

    I don’t get what everyone’s so concerned about. Everything I’ve seen from him lately leads me to believe he’s happier than ever (I’m high on “Sol” and I’m super happy but not a fraction as sucessful – if he’s high on “Charlie Sheen” he must be feeling absolutely fantastic). Dude’s partying with hookers and having a great time – let Charlie live for Charlie for once and not for some chubby little twerp who isn’t cute anymore and that washed-up closeted gay guy on 2.5 Men.

    I think it’s all these years as “Charlie Sheen” that’s driven him crazy – he’s finally getting to be the Carlos Estevez he was born to be and Carlos loves to party!!! Like it or lump it!

  15. "Dr." Drew • March 10, 2011 @ 3:59 PM

    Unless “Dr.” Drew has been asked to speak about Charlie Sheen’s condition by Charlie Sheen himself, he should really shut up. I have seen a few episodes of his Rehab show and it carries about as much weight as one of Dr. Phil’s shows. I think that once a psychiatrist begins diagnosing people / stars without meeting with them – all their credibility goes out the window. What self respecting, law abiding psychiatrist would even comment on someone’s condition publicly? Seems like a violation of an oath or something…

    I find it interesting that people are accosting Charlie Sheen for doing in public what Charlie Harper does every Monday night on Two and a Half Men. The very things that we all laugh about each week.

    I think this show was hurting in ratings, the kid’s schtick isn’t working anymore and I think that CBS has embarassed Jon Cryer’s character all that it can so now they need someone to take the fall. This show has been hugely successful for the network. I recently heard this show being called a family show – Charlie Harper entertains hookers, drink like a fish…doesn’t sounds like a family show to me.

    Leave Sheen alone, it’s his life, he knows whats right and wrong…

  16. Val • March 10, 2011 @ 4:02 PM

    I think with everything that is going with Charlie.That he will be in the news again and again,and the he is going he will be the next celebrity to die.He is losing weight you can see it in his face.And the way he is talking etc..Just a matter of time before we hear that he was found dead.Like so many other clecbrities who died to early and other drugs etc.I hope he can get a grip before its too late.

  17. Wendy • March 10, 2011 @ 4:19 PM

    Only God himself can help Charlie now.

  18. Sol • March 10, 2011 @ 4:23 PM


    Now THAT’S funny. Isn’t everything Charlie’s doing part of God’s plan anyway?

    God: Worst planner EVER.

  19. iona • March 10, 2011 @ 4:35 PM

    when someone has this mental illness NO they can not do it by self, they are totally in another space and need to be TAKEN into hospital, it is serious and the person is not thinking or functioning right. People get educated about serious mental illness you can not do it on your own you need professionals…….

  20. Rita • March 10, 2011 @ 4:42 PM

    Charlie knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s telling us all what we want to hear. he really know how to play us, and he knows how those rehab doctors work. he is not on any drugs or alchohol. This is what Charlie must be really like. He’s had to play the other Charlie for so long he didn’t have any freedom to be himself. It seems like they all want to control him somehow…Charlie is winning….

  21. Deb • March 10, 2011 @ 4:44 PM

    To all the armchair psychologists:

    Charlie Sheen is a human being, demanding respect for his views, but he’s not whole and I would say that is very obvious. He lives to be different, but by doing so it makes him more the same. The Dr. is probably right, but would need to sit down and do a full evaluation one on one to be correct in his diagnosis. Isn’t it amazing how everyone has an opinion about this situation, and we probably only have a third of the facts and half of that is perception.

    Andrea, families cannot demand anything of a family member who is of consenting age; that is a form of manipulation and control. Tough love means to allow the person to figure it out for themselves and I think that is what he is saying. He uses anger, sarcasim and caustic banter to drive people away. He might in fact, be a very nice man, but its hard to tell by the way he is being portrayed. Shock factor seems to be another other of his tools, the more people he can offend the happier he appears to be, but I would believe at some deep level it would stop if we stopped paying attention. When you all get a degree in psychology, please let me know. From a marketing point of view, look at the attention he is getting, doesn’t that seem odd, when he’s telling everyone to go away, and yet by acting like this he is getting all kinds of press and attention. Think about it.

  22. Cynthia • March 10, 2011 @ 5:11 PM

    I agree with the doctor that Charlie is definitely displaying manic behavior. I have suffered from borderline manic depressive disorder which can also be caused from severe trauma and prolonged periods of stress and extreme duress. I managed to pull myself out of it but not everyone can, when you are riding that high feeling of seeming invinciblility, it is hard not to get carried away with it especially, if you have a bunch of sycophants feeding it more fuel ! He is in a highly volatile state and with the wrong influences this could lead to something very bad ! Somebody needs to be the voice of reason for him and get him to calm down etc…
    This whole thing reminds a bit of Jack Lord way back when ! Maybe somebody should point this out to Charlie ?

  23. Cynthia • March 10, 2011 @ 5:11 PM

    I agree with the doctor that Charlie is definitely displaying manic behavior. I have suffered from borderline manic depressive disorder which can also be caused from severe trauma and prolonged periods of stress and extreme duress. I managed to pull myself out of it but not everyone can, when you are riding that high feeling of seeming invinciblility, it is hard not to get carried away with it especially, if you have a bunch of sycophants feeding it more fuel ! He is in a highly volatile state and with the wrong influences this could lead to something very bad ! Somebody needs to be the voice of reason for him and get him to calm down etc…
    This whole thing reminds a bit of Jack Lord way back when ! Maybe somebody should point this out to Charlie ?

  24. Little • March 10, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

    its me ahhaha

  25. Rita F. • March 10, 2011 @ 9:46 PM

    Bipolar disorder is a very ugly disease and Charlie Sheen is demonstrating the symptoms over media sites for everyone to see. Those who are unfamiliar with the disease think he’s funny, crazy, spoiled, etc. but those people that are very familiar with this terrible mental illness will easily identify the sypmtoms that Charlie Sheen is displaying and hope that he gets real help soon otherwise the ending to this story will be quite tragic. Mania leads to terrible consequences. Someone I used to be quite close to suffers from this illness and has only gotten worse over time. I learned from experience that these people need help sooner than later. Charlie, please listen to your family and check yourself into a mental hospital for treatment A.S.A.P.

  26. Don R • March 10, 2011 @ 11:29 PM

    Charlie You need help

  27. Asta • March 11, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

    As many of you know already, Manic-Depression is known as Bipolar Disorder today. I have the inherited disorder, Charlie Sheen may have the drug-induced one. Either way, the “down” swing is depression, but the “up” swing is mania (or hypo-mania when less severe).

    I truly believe this is what Charlie is experiencing and, yes, if left untreated, I believe it can become extreme dangerous, even fatal (or worse if violence is added to the mix). If there are no signs of Charlie slowing down from his (hypo) mania within the next day or so, he will need to be hospitalized and soon.

    And, yes, it is surprisingly easy to recognize a form of mania. The symptoms of it are very specific and consistent from one person to the next. Only direct experience and basic education about this disease is necessary to know what these symptoms are, and Charlie has been exhibiting almost all of these symptoms for many days now.

    It doesn’t mean that Charlie is a good man or a bad man. He just happens to be a very sick man: very entertaining it can be, but very dangerous. May Charlie be blessed with the care he needs.

  28. margaret levack • March 11, 2011 @ 12:07 PM

    Charlie Sheen is a lose bomb right now and if you wait too long you will be burying him. He doesn’t make sence when he talks and he is incapable of making decisions and still you allow him to walk around as though he is normal. You need to hospitalize him and do it now.
    What kind of air heads are those two females living with him and is it woeth it to lose his children?
    Move over Michael Jackson, Charlie Sheen is on his way.

  29. Wanda • March 12, 2011 @ 9:52 AM

    I wish Charlie Sheen all the best. He needs help and he needs it now. Why are people just standing around doing absolutely nothing to help this guy? He is sick, he needs someone with a clear mind to step in and get him out of this situation and to the help he needs now, before he gets any more violent by hurting someone he cares about or himself. We don’t want to see him spiral down like this. He has brought so many of us, great enjoyment over the years. Help him, please help him!

  30. Tigerblood • March 13, 2011 @ 5:57 AM

    Hmm, I wonder how much he was paid to say this. Coincidence that he has a TV show? Probably doing it for ratings. If you people believe this, then this planet is doomed with IQ’s lower than 20.

  31. Patrica • March 18, 2011 @ 3:02 AM

    Dr. Drew knows what he is talking about and I think anyone who has been watching this fiasco with Sheen knows it isn’t going to end well. I am so disgusted with the people has around enabling and yes sir and cheering on his behaviour. I have been watching his tv show from the beginning and this season I could see that something just wasn’t right there, his behaviour on the set seemed to be mirroring what was going on in his personal life. He always looked drunk and wild eyed high to me and I was getting to the point where it was no longer enjoyable or funny to watch, had the network not pulled the plug I was not going to watch any longer and I can’t even watch the reruns and the more he acts out in the press and internet the less I want to watch. Sadly he is going to have to really hit rock bottom before he can get straight. I just hope the bottom he hits doesn’t end in murder as it so often does, either his or someone elses. I thought that maybe his parents could have taken control of his affairs and had him committed and perhaps 6 mths ago it might have been able to happen but not so any longer. Martin commented in the press that his addiction was much like a cancer. Well at least with cancer he’d be doing everything he could to get well, not so with this addiction he doesn’t even see he is ill! I wish him well but I am so afraid that it’s not going to work out well for him.

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    Still you’ve got to feel sorry at him.

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