Amy Winehouse is a Victim of an Undiagnosed Mental Illness

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM Celebrity Health News
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It appears from the account of a relative of Amy Winehouse that the celebrity is a victim of an undiagnosed mental illness.

The late soul singer could have been struck down by the little-known Borderline Personality Disorder.
 Amy Winehouse is a Victim of an Undiagnosed Mental Illness
Amy Winehouse is a Victim of an Undiagnosed Mental Illness

Sufferers have feelings of anger, emptiness, shame and guilt and become emotionally volatile.

It can also push them into substance abuse and eating disorders, both of which Winehouse succumbed to.

"It was never diagnosed, because unfortunately she would never agree to a proper diagnosis," the Daily Star quoted the relative as saying.

"I'm not an expert, but from what I've read on Borderline Personality Disorder it kind of fitted with her," the relative added.

Source: ANI

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BPD/Borderline Personality Disorder is not in the DMS-IV TR and is considered by many professionals to be a 'waste-paper basket diagnosis' - simply meaning they have no other diagnosis, so they lump them into this ill-conceived category with a very unhelpful name. Even if it was a real mental disorder which it is not, would it be helpful to tell someone who has "..feelings of anger, emptiness, shame and guilt and become emotionally volatile." that their personality is defective. There is another slightly kinder name for this called Complex PTSD - also not in the DSM-IV TR but I guess if you can diagnose enough patients, therapists can make more money. This is akin to calling people with Parkinson's disease "movement freaks". Time to stop living in the dark ages!

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