The Charlie Sheen Train Wreck

Charlie-sheen-ferris-bueller-1 Have I gotten tired of watching Charlie Sheen implode on national TV yet? No I have not.

Check out TMZ interview with him.

David Carr criticizes the networks for not taking Sheen off the air when he was battering women.

More here. Snicker. Damn I better go make dinner.

15 thoughts on “The Charlie Sheen Train Wreck

  1. I’d sneer at Sheen when he was that actor who was a real jerk, with substance abuse problems. After watching 3 or 4 minutes of that “interview,” if he wasn’t on drugs at that point, he either has damaged his brain by drug use, or he has a psychological illness. Untreated manic depression perhaps? In which case, the drug use could be self-medicating. At any rate, I feel pity, and I hope he doesn’t have unsupervised visitation with his children.

  2. I think I feel more pity for his publicist and for all the small players and behind the scenes people now out of a job.

  3. A friend’s daughter is bipolar. It is terrible to watch her destroy the lives of those around her. A bipolar person in denial can do unforgivable things.

  4. Probably wouldn’t help your friends, but coating the strippers in lithium might be the best way to reach Mr. Sheen.

  5. I also just feel sorry for him (and everyone around him).
    To broaden the comments, this does raise the legal problems that surround incompetent adults (and, we mean incompetent as in mentally, not as in the peter principle). The same issue came up in the NY times article about the beginning stages of dementia and financial incompetence.

  6. “The same issue came up in the NY times article about the beginning stages of dementia and financial incompetence.”
    I missed that one. Is it too late to discuss?
    MH probably knows more, but my feeling is that bipolar people do get worse as time goes on (look at Mel Gibson). As I’ve mentioned previously, a very cultured friend of ours is a bipolar guy in treatment and for a long time, he was in a long, slow downward spiral where he kept getting fired and started (very uncharacteristically) getting into fights (on the bus, in a bar, etc.). I don’t know how well is treatment plan is being followed because I’m not geographically close enough to know, but I get the feeling that meds don’t do quite as much as you might hope, or maybe they stop working. Our friend seemed to respond really well, and then he started getting into a trouble, a lot more actually than before he got his diagnosis and started treatment. MH?

  7. It’s ironic. One hint that a college student might be bipolar would be the conviction that he had starred in a major movie. At the same age, Charlie Sheen had starred in a major movie. How difficult is it to spot mental imbalances in people who have unusual childhoods?
    Amy P, according to my friend, it is possible to manage bipolar well with medication. The patient must actively monitor her blood levels, though, and his daughter does not like the way she feels on the medication. I gather that is fairly common.

  8. And it’s really really difficult to convince that adult, whomever he/she is, that they need treatment even if they agree with the bipolar diagnosis. The meds eliminate the lows but from their perspective, the highs are incredible. Throw in some not so great side effects to the meds and you have a tricky situation.

  9. I mostly looked at people with schizophrenia, where a marked lowering of the more vivid symptoms in late middle age is the most common pattern. Affective disorders are different. Still, I’d guess he’s high on a drug called Charlie Sheen if he calls cocaine Charlie Sheen.

  10. “I mostly looked at people with schizophrenia, where a marked lowering of the more vivid symptoms in late middle age is the most common pattern.”
    The two members of our circle (one relative, one friend) who are schizophrenic seem to be pretty stable in middle age, which sounds like what you’re talking about. Having always assumed that schizophrenia was more severe than bipolar, I’ve been surprised at how much more functional the schizophrenics we know are. I don’t know what the deal is with our friend the bipolar guy. Maybe he has been off his meds. On the other hand, those things may need to be tweaked a fair bit–at least in the world of autism, you can spend vast amounts of time trying different drug combinations and doses.
    I’ve recently started to think a lot about how certain conditions (like bipolar and ADHD) come with real gifts, like almost superhuman energy and productivity. I wonder how many tradesmen have ADHD, for instance. My grandparents recently had their 50-year-old kitchen beautifully redone by a guy who would punctuate spurts of work with elk hunting trips, deer hunting trips, salmon fishing, bear hunting, you name it. Attention issues may be at least part of the reason for the infamous rip-out-kitchen-and-leave syndrome so frequently found among contractors. Likewise, one of the academics I know (not my husband) says he has ADHD. I don’t know if that is technically the case (I don’t know if he has an actual diagnosis), but he has an amazing energy level, and amazing scholarly output. His secret is that he’s really fast and intense, so he starts a writing project and finishes it fast and then moves on quickly to the next thing.

  11. Cranberry- I don’t think you get people with Bipolar–It’s not their fault they have an illness–And it’s not them doing the destruction–It’s the illness. I’m tired of people stigmatizing others because they are mentally ill. I feel bad
    for that child whom you judged. People like you shouldn’t be allowed to speak freely.

  12. Cranberry-It’s not a matter of not liking how you feel on meds–Bipolars are not like that–Although it is common for Bipolars to change meds due to them not working after a while–or because they are so used to being unmedicated and crazy that when they are not ill it is boredom that they face. The illness is exciting-but also destructive. Feeling like you are on top of the world is great compared to the stable feeling-but no one likes the crash afterwards–and the crash is inevitable. I’m not going to tell you how come I know so much about Bipolar–because I can see that you are too quick to judge–
    And I wouldn’t ever want you to judge me if I were in need. There are plenty of Bipolars who take their meds because they know that eventually depression and suicide ideations follow the manic high and they don’t ever want to risk their health. Eventually that Child who is mentally ill will be tired of the train wrecks Bipolar can cause and will want
    help because she wants to stay healthy.
    I would appreciate it if you stopped judging and stigmatizing that child
    because she has a mental illness.

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