Last week, Charlie Sheen appeared on the Dr. Oz show, where he intimately discussed his HIV diagnosis. On Monday he appeared again, this time discussing his mental health by revealing he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
"At Some Point You Have To Take A Look At It"
Talking to Dr. Oz, Sheen said:
"I've been described or diagnosed by enough people that I guess at some point you have to take a look at it. Manic behavior is usually in the throes of departing substance abuse and drinking, It doesn't really happen when I'm not doing that."
Also known as manic-depression, bipolar disorder causes suffers to alternate between periods of mania and depression. During manic episodes, symptoms include an overly happy "high", irritability, and acting impulsively.
On the flip side, the depressive stage consists of feelings of sadness and hopelessness, a loss of interest in activity as well as suicidal thoughts.
When asked if he would consider taking medication to assist with treating the symptoms, Sheen responded:
"What else is it going to 'fix'? I would certainly consider [taking] it, sure."
Furthermore, when reflecting on his mood swings, Sheen admitted he has always felt it was a part of life, taking a philosophical view. He said:
"They've always seemed normal to me. That's as honest as I can be. I've just accepted it as part of my make-up.
"I don't look at it as mania, I just look at it as the very... interesting universe."
During a 2011 webcast, Sheen was asked if he was bipolar, to which he responded "I'm bi-winning". He was also later seen wearing a hat with the phrase "I'm not bipolar" written on it.
The Two And A Half Men star has made frequent appearances in news headlines, often for controversial reasons. Sheen believes the condition, and resulting substance abuse, has a role to play.
"Charlie Is Brave"
Regardless of Sheen's questionable past actions, the 50-year-old is worthy of praise for openly talking about the illness in public. Host of the show Dr. Mehmet Oz certainly agrees. He said:
"Charlie is brave and at a point where he is taking an honest look at his health and sharing it with the world.
"The message in Monday’s show is that there is hope and successful treatment for bipolar disorder but, if left untreated it will exacerbate other problems like substance abuse and compulsive gambling."
On top of his openness, Sheen has also discussed his HIV diagnosis candidly, explaining that he is personally determined to find a cure, and will "exhaust every resource available".