The ongoing Amber Heard and Johnny Depp libel trial has already caused “untold damage” to numerous people suffering from personality disorders, as revealed by a health expert.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is actually a “controversial diagnosis!
Keir Harding, the founder of Beam Consultancy and personality disorder specialist, stated that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is actually a “controversial diagnosis,” largely administered to victims of abuse. This past week in court, Ms. Heard was revealed to have BPD in the context of the Aquaman actress showcasing various negative character traits, that also include “playing the victim”.
Harding, whose organization works seamlessly to prevent those with this diagnosis from finding themselves trapped in inadequate private hospitals, claiming to be “specialist,” revealed that accusing people with BPD of playing the victim is a vindictive comment given that around 80 percent have seemed to have survived, to some kind of abuse.
What is BPD?
He said: “What we have now is that every time someone finds out about this diagnosis they are thinking about the Amber Heard trial, manipulative people, and ‘playing the victim’. What a terrible thing to describe a group of people, most of whom have experienced abuse, in that way. Survivors of abuse should not be told that their personalities are messed up.”
Statistics reveal that BPD affects about 1 percent of the whole population with around three women diagnosed for every male. However, there are many who believe that women are disproportionately diagnosed, thanks to the misogynistic practices, and the label is used to disparage women as too emotional.
Last week, the US court was informed that Amber Heard suffered from “histrionic and borderline personality disorders” and “vastly exaggerated symptoms of PTSD,” as a clinical and forensic psychologist who had previously assessed her mental state post her arrest and her split from Depp.
Shannon Curry revealed to the court that she had originally been approached by her legal team of Depp to help know and determine if there was enough evidence around “intimate partner violence” within the relationship of the couple, but was later asked to complete “a psychological analysis” of Heard.
BPD was “a predictor of women engaging in partner violence”
Dr. Curry also revealed that borderline personality disorder was “a predictor of women engaging in partner violence,” adding that “one tactic is to physically assault and then hurt yourself…then use the legal system…for example, use a restraining order.” It is well-known that Heard had filed a temporary restraining order against Depp in 2016.
The BPD’s symptoms can be largely grouped into four areas: altered patterns of thought or perception, altered patterns of thought or perception, emotional instability, impulsive behavior, and intense but unstable relationships with others.
Mr. Harding has stated: “While there is a lot of stigma associated with BPD, it is recognized that negative attitudes exist more in healthcare professionals than in the general public. Maybe the Amber Heard case did something to undo that in a useless way, which is terrible given that May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.”