What Amber Heard’s Alleged Borderline Personality Disorder Means

A psychologist for Johnny Depp’s defense during the high-profile defamation lawsuit against his former wife Amber Heard says his ex-wife suffers from borderline personality disorder.

dr Shannon Curry, a licensed – but not Board certified, pointed out Heard’s attorney — a clinical psychologist who testified Tuesday that she believes Heard “exhibits mental symptoms of combined borderline personality disorder (BPD) and histrionic personality disorder.”

Curry, who often works with celebrity clients, noted her in her testimony, basing her assessment on case materials provided by Depp’s attorneys and two arranged interviews with Heard.

The expert also concluded that the 36-year-old had “greatly exaggerated” symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she said, due to her hostile relationship with Depp, which Heard deferred from “idealizing to the dumpster.”

It is known that people with BPD suffer from severe mood swings due to a neurological imbalance that impairs their ability to rationally balance their emotions. Because of this, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, BPD sufferers tend to be more impulsive, reckless, and insecure, and therefore have trouble maintaining close relationships.

They are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, unleash tantrums, commit self-harm, and threaten suicide. Similarly, people with histrionic personality disorder show a flair for drama and display attention-seeking behavior.

dr  Shannon Curry

Not to be confused with mood disorders, which are characterized by a patient’s individual emotional patterns (e.g., bipolar disorder or clinical depression), personality disorders describe people with a harmful and counterproductive relationship with society.

As the Aquaman actress’s lawyers continued to question Curry’s opinion about her client’s mental health, they also suggested that 58-year-old Depp provoked Heard’s alleged violent reactions by “gaslighting,” a manipulative tactic commonly used by narcissists .

dr  Shannon Curry

BPD and HPD are grouped together in a group of personality disorders characterized by disregard for consequences, alongside antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder – the latter made headlines earlier Tuesday after shock jockey Howard Stern accused the “Pirates of the Caribbean” Actor dubbed a “major narcissist” – someone with severely inflated self-esteem – after observing the plaintiff’s “overacting” on the witness stand earlier this week.

Though Stern isn’t a psychologist, it doesn’t take a scientist to see the parallels between the events of the embattled relationship — the arguments, allegations, addictions, and alleged acts of violence — and signs of BPD and narcissism. Additionally, those with the disorders tend to rush into relationships out of a deep desire for admiration and end them just as quickly once that shine fades, making the pairing a potentially volatile combination.

Amber Heard in court in Fairfax, VA
Johnny Depp in court in Fairfax, VA

Though Curry’s assessment isn’t an official diagnosis, Heard may have shared it with SNL comic Pete Davidson, who opened up about his battle with borderline personality disorder last year and the relief at finally naming the problem.

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