A Psychotherapists' View of the Charlie Sheen Saga
If I could make a dime off every conversation that is occurring in the world right now about Charlie Sheen, I would be rich. I will put on my professional hat for this article since I feel the need to educate the public about mental health and addiction. Let me start out by saying, " let us not judge."
Charlie Sheen is a man in crisis, in need of treatment. I believe that he has a dual-diagnosis in that he displays symptoms of mental illness and addiction. I feel it is so unethical for those out there trying to make money at the sacrifice of this Hollywood stars' pain. I saw a video showing Charlie Sheen making millions because of tweets and videos he is putting out. It takes those with high integrity to say no to Charlie. He is in no condition to be involved in TV interviews, videos, public service announcements and the like. What has happened to our humanity? I am ashamed of the platform we have given this Hollywood star and human being in crisis. He is at the most critical and vulnerable point of his life and we need to see this for what it is.
I want to ask all of you reading this to think about how it would feel if our lives were out in the media for all to see. I know I would not want this attention in any way, shape or form. Charlie Sheen is not just human, but is a Hollywood star that lives in a fishbowl. I am asking all of us to stop the insanity and stand up for man kind. Lets stop watching the media blitzes on this vulnerable mans life as it unravels. Let us remind others that try to pull us into an unconscious conversation, to Just Say No. Lets move to a higher spiritual level and check our gossip at the door. Lets move to a new level that lets us see the real issue here. Lets band together and make this our cause. What can I do to help those in need ? Instead of making Charlie Sheen the butt of our jokes, let us come together in dialogue about how sad this really is. Lets educate ourselves in our communities on the issue of mental health and addiction.
Mental illness and addiction is no laughing matter. If you check out the research on mental illness in the USA and other countries, you notice that we all are touched by mental illness. Lets take this sad state of affairs that this man is suffering from and learn from it. Let us educate ourselves on mental illness and dual-diagnosis and see that we need to see this as a serious issue.
I challenge us to find the wisdom within our hearts and souls. Remember, there is no one without flaw.
" A loving heart is the truest wisdom." Charles Dickens
© Laura Rogers Arne