9 thoughts on “Dr. Dobransky Thinks Joaquin Phoenix Could Be Schizophrenic

  • March 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I am so totally with you and Patricola on this one. I am concerned about Phoenix’s behavior, too, but it drives me absolutely crazy when doctors diagnose people they’ve never even been in the same room with. That is SO irresponsible.

  • March 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    There was a chance that Joaquin was joking around. If you watch the Letterman interview again it actually looks like he is acting. I was told Ben Affleck was backstage having a giggle, too. I read this on Fox News: “Joaquin wanted this, of course he knew (about the parodies) because it’s all part of a very strategic plan,” said our inside source. “He is selling it all as a documentary not about his musical career but the whole issue of public persona. It’s all a big joke and he’s not pursuing rapping seriously no matter what he says.”

    So, the doctor might be looking legitimately silly after all.

  • March 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Alguém avise a esse médico que o louco é ele!!Fala sério todo psiciatra e maluco mesmo!!Ah!!Deixa o joaquin ser feliz.

  • March 12, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Actor turned musician Joaquin Phoenix has apparently turned on an audience member who heckled his second outing as a rapper in a Miami Beach nightclub.

    He jumped off the stage to confront the man before guards stepped in.

    The episode was filmed by actor Casey Affleck. One fan at the gig speculated the entire thing was a stunt.

    Luis Gendron told Associated Press: “Affleck’s camera was filming the whole time, so it makes me think he has ulterior motives.”

  • March 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Well since all psychological diagnosis is based on guesswork and opinion and have no scientific basis whatsoever, what does it matter really? It is not like if a psychologist or psychiatrist spent 10 years with someone could make any more valid diagnosis. So, really, what’s the difference?

  • March 17, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    So, Jet…who are you, Tom Cruise in disguise? That’s quite a sweeping statement to make about something you don’t seem to actually know anything about. ALL medicine has a degree of educated guessing to it, but that doesn’t mean there’s no science to it.

  • March 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    @ Jet – “What does it matter?” It matters a lot to people who are dealing with mental health issues, not to mention their family members, friends, and other loved ones. If we were to assume your opinion is correct, and that mental health care is nothing but guesswork, then what should we expect you to say about the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes when we first started learning about them? Would you have said “What does it matter?” about those illnesses, too?

    And, I think a psychiatrist who spent “10 years” with someone (in this case, let’s say Phoenix) would have a much better chance at an accurate diagnosis than a psychiatrist who has merely observed the person’s behavior on TV and read about him in the papers.

  • March 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    When I think of all the people I know who are living stable, productive lives because of this kind of science, I am offended by remarks like this (Jet’s–not yours, Alicia!). Thank God some people are willing to go to school for God knows how many years to learn this science. No doctor can fix everything, but they do have help to offer, and that’s more than many people had before.

  • January 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

    So because Dr. Paul Dobransky is not a comedian or entertainer this makes his comment more serious and frowned upon that Ben Stiller’s infinitely more public impersonation? At least he sounds concerned.


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