Charlie Sheen....You may have your opinions, you may have a name for him, A-hole, jerk, freak, ego maniac...
But, if a man were losing his leg to cancer would you call him those things and shun him? Then why are we ridiculing and laughing at a man losing his mind.
Bipolar disorder is a mental ILLNESS. Mr. Sheen is gravely ill and it will get worse acording to the progression of bipolar disorder. Symptoms of mania are increased self esteem, lack of sleep, increase in sex drive and behaviors, less need for sleep, rapid thoughts and pressured speech. the other side of mania is Depression, upon seeing the severity of Mr. Sheen's mania, it is highly probable that the comparable magnitude of the depression that may follow will be catastrophic, leading Mr. Sheen to a hellish, and I mean HELLISH depression, with possible psychotic features and with high suicidality risk.
bipolar patients are very difficult to treat especcially in the manic phase when they feel absolutely great, invincible, and iconic. As Mr Sheen describes his situation, he is classic in his deranged and hyper speech and ideations of delusional grandeur. He is exhibiting unsafe behavior, and his thoughts are hugely out of proportion and past reality. This man is clearly ill, and in grave danger someone has to step in and find a way to hold him for his own safety and survival, he is in severe danger of losing his life or can hurt another by his delusional thoughts, or psychotic behaviors.
Aside from all that, I find it difficult to see him exploited by sensationalizing his behaviors as a spoiled celebrity and not being treated as a mentaly ill patient who needs care and compassion and someone to step in and see what is happening and prevent him from ruining his life and way to make a living. He is not a sideshow or a baffoon as he is made out to be he is falling apart and losing his right mind right before our eyes. I hope that as a human race we begin to see what is true and not follow what is assumed, that this man is acting out, he is a man losing touch with reality and needs our compassion and help, not our ridicule.