I have been finding it difficult to watch reports on Charlie Sheen or listen to his sound bites. The reason being is that his current situation concerns me professionally and personally.
Professionally speaking, I can't help but see the clinical symptoms Sheen demonstrates and conclude that he's in a very fragile place. I never find it easy to witness a person in the depths of a crisis, and wrangle with it even more when help is available, but the road is not taken. From my armchair analysis, all I can do is hope that family and friends will step in before Sheen becomes a tragic headline.
The timeline for Sheen's troubled past has been public knowledge since he was a teenager. Early takes on his exploits were labeled as bad-boy Hollywood behavior, but over the course of time, have dangerously escalated. Drugs, alcohol and money-spending binges overlap with domestic violence, hospitalizations, rehabilitation stints and legal scuffles. Though Sheen reports he's beaten his demons in a "nanosecond" and has provided recent urine and blood tests to prove his sobriety, I don't think he's able to see the issue that appears to be front and center in his life: Bipolar Disorder.
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