What Amber Heard’s alleged Borderline Persona Dysfunction means

A psychologist for Johnny Depp’s safety throughout high-profile defamation go well with in opposition to his former companion Amber Heard says that his ex partner suffers from borderline character dysfunction.

Dr. Shannon Curry, a licensed — nevertheless not board licensed, Heard’s authorized skilled pointed-out — scientific psychologist, testified on Tuesday, that she believes Heard, “demonstrates psychological indicators of blended borderline character dysfunction (BPD) and histrionic character dysfunction.”

Curry, who sometimes works with film star purchasers, she well-known in her testimony, based her evaluation on case provides provided by Depp’s attorneys along with two organized interviews with Heard.

The skilled witness moreover concluded that the 36-year-old had “grossly exaggerated” indicators of post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) on account of her hostile relationship with Depp, who went from from being “idealized to the dumpster” by Heard, she talked about.

People with BPD are recognized to endure excessive mood swings on account of a neurological imbalance that impairs their functionality to rationally stability their emotions. Due to this, BPD victims are often additional impulsive, reckless, insecure and thus have subject sustaining shut relationships, in accordance to Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being.

They’re moreover every additional extra more likely to abuse medicine and alcohol, unleash indignant outbursts, work together in self-harm and threaten suicide. Relatedly, these with histrionic character dysfunction current a aptitude for dramatics, exhibiting attention-seeking conduct.


To not be confused with mood issues, which is characterised by a victims’ explicit particular person emotional patterns (i.e. Bipolar dysfunction or scientific melancholy), character issues describe people with a harmful and counterproductive relationship to society.

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As a result of the “Aquaman” actress’ attorneys continued to question Curry’s opinion of their shopper’s psychological nicely being standing, moreover they really useful that Depp, 58, had provoked Heard’s alleged violent reactions by “gaslighting,” a tactic of manipulation repeatedly employed by narcissists.

Dr. Shannon Curry

BPD and HPD are categorised collectively in a gaggle of character issues marked by a disregard for penalties, alongside delinquent character dysfunction and narcissistic character dysfunction — the latter of which surfaced in headlines earlier on Tuesday after shock jockey Howard Stern accused the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor of being a “massive narcissist” — any individual with an grossly inflated sense of self-worth — after watching the plaintiff’s “overacting” on the stand earlier this week.

Whereas Stern isn’t any psychologist, it doesn’t take a scientist to see the parallels between events of the embattled relationship — the arguments, accusations, addictions and alleged violence — and indicators of every BPD and narcissism. Moreover, these with the issues are susceptible to hurry into relationships out of deep want for admiration, and end them merely as quickly as rapidly as that shine fades, which makes the pairing a doubtlessly dangerous combo.

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

Though Curry’s analysis isn’t an official prognosis, Heard would possibly share that with SNL comic Pete Davidson, who opened up about his battle with borderline character dysfunction ultimate 12 months, and the discount of lastly naming the difficulty.

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