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And no, I'm not talking about his recent antics, although they could easily be termed 'ridiculous', I'm talking about the media circus surrounding him and the perceived entertainment value of exploiting what is pretty clearly a mental health crisis.
I'm not going to join the flurry of psych-related bloggers attempting to diagnose him based on television interviews and calls into radio shows. I'm not qualified to make mental health diagnoses beyond those related to substance use problems, and even if I were, I certainly wouldn't be comfortable making them based on a few snippets of video or audio. Maybe he's bipolar, maybe he's not, but the level of grandiosity and narcissism he's displaying are clearly indicative of some level of pathology.
No, I don't think so.
I've never been a fan of Charlie Sheen. He reminds me all too much of someone who I won't go into detail about here, and I haven't much cared for the misogynist characters he tends to play. Still, it makes my blood boil to witness people pointing and laughing at someone having a public mental meltdown. It infuriates me that various 'entertainment' media outlets are profiting by exploiting someone in the midst of a mental health crisis, whether or not that person realizes it at the moment.
There is already so much stigma associated with mental health issues, and the media frenzy surrounding this situation does not help. Mental health issues are not a joke, nor a punchline, nor entertainment. They are serious matters requiring professional attention. If someone I loved were behaving in the manner Charlie Sheen has as of late, I wouldn't be pointing and laughing, I'd be doing everything in my power to encourage that person to seek the help he or she so desperately needed.
Mental Illness is no laughing matter, and it knows no boundaries of race, class, gender, or celebrity status.
What does this have to with my wee little mommy blog? I suppose it serves as a reminder of the importance of modeling compassion toward all human beings. Even human beings who are acting strangely. Even human beings who I don't particularly care for. Even celebrities with entitlement complexes. No one deserves to be mocked or exploited in the midst of a mental breakdown. No one.