Minn. Doctor Weighs In On Charlie Sheen’s Behavior

By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota doctor says people shouldn’t be entertained by Charlie Sheen’s recent behavior, but rather concerned.

Dr. Joseph Lee is the Medical Director for the Hazelden Center for Youth and Family. He’s sees patients with serious addictions and has been observing Charlie Sheen on his recent television interviews.

WCCO’s John Williams Interviews Dr. Joseph Lee

WCCO’s John Williams Interviews Dr. Joseph Lee

Lee says after observing Sheen, he may be suffering from mania or hypomania, those are symptoms sometimes associated with a bi-polar disorder.

“He’s kind of ramped up with high energy,” said Lee.

He added that people need to learn from Sheen’s behavior instead of making it into a YouTube highlight reel.

Lee says the problem Sheen may be facing is that he’s surrounded by people who won’t call him out on his destructive behavior. If someone is in a position of power, sometimes the people around them won’t give them straight up advice.

“Imagine a lot of other celebrities in this context,” said Lee. “You have a bunch of people in your corner telling you you’re doing the right thing. And others are shaking their heads saying ‘no’.”

Lee says it’s possible that Sheen may also be addicted to all the attention he’s getting. He says it’s sometimes hard for celebrities to separate their lifestyle from all the publicity.

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