6 thoughts on “Mental Health Month Spotlight: Robert Downey, Jr.

  • April 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Hello, no where on your hyperlinked profile of Downey Jr having bipolar disorder is the mental disorder even mentioned in the biography, i was wandering if you knew where to cite that information as it would be great to reference this information. Thank you!

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  • April 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

    @ G – Thanks for the heads up! I went through the biography.com article and you’re right. It seems they’ve removed the information. So, I just linked it to the substance abuse information and found another source citing the bipolar disorder. Thanks again for letting me know.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    He is a success story of epic proportions. I have heard sadly that he wasn’t accurately until very late with mello-mania until 2003. All of his drug use was to self medicate his mood disorder, much like carrie fisher. When Sally Field, Carrie and RDJ were in Soapdish together none of them has any idea. Alot of people in business, politics and show-business have manic-depressed

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  • April 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    He is a success story of epic proportions. I have heard sadly that he wasn’t accurately diagnosed until very late with mello-mania until 2003. All of his drug use was to self medicate his mood disorder, much like Carrie Fisher. When Sally Field, Carrie and RDJ were in Soapdish together none of them has any idea. Alot of people in business, politics and show-business have manic-depression.

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    • April 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Robert Downey Jr. is definitely an example of someone who never gave up on himself!

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  • February 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

    RDJ is so vapidly narcissistic and grandiose that it’s difficult to even tolerate watching him on a talk show. It was a struggle just to observe Kimmel trying to cope with his grandiosity the last time I saw RDJ promote one of his IronMan movies (as if he is the reason it’s successful…any Hollywood leading man could’ve played that role and the movie would’ve been a success, as comic book fans are fiercely loyal).

    Note: I’m not contesting RDJs range and acting ability. He’s done really great work. I wouldn’t include Ironman among his better acting performances, even if the movies themselves aren’t pretty extraordinary just due to the special effects.

    I’ve noticed that psychiatrists in the film and television industry often toss around the diagnosis of bipolar disorder rather than give a celeb with an uber fragile ego the more accurate diagnosis of borderline personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder. What I don’t know is why. Is it to preserve the narcissist’s uber-fragile and constantly faltering sense of self and easily offended ego? Is it because said psychiatrist lacks many decades of experience in the differential diagnosis of personality disorders and, more specifically, the Cluster B disorders?

    If you’ve interacted with RDJ at various points over his lifetime you’ve personally encountered his almost childlike vulnerability…at times…and are more than aware that he can go from the vulnerable worthlessness that is inherent at the core of every pathologically narcissistic individual and…later…the almost delusional grandiosity that successful exhibitionist narcissists often display (as they’re trying to counteract those feelings of worthlessness). What they project to the public largely depends on how much admiration they’ve recently obtained. Narcissists NEED constant public admiration.

    Also, it’s very sad that American society tends to define “success” as someone who has a successful career in the film/tv/social media industry. Certainly, there are some decent human beings with empathy for others in that industry, but it’s also a wasteland of vapid admiration-seeking narcissists, emotionally unstable borderlines that can mirror anyone, and even histrionic’s seeking any kind of attention (positive or negative) that they can get. #RealityTVPersonas

    Just because someone is “sober” does NOT mean they are successful in being a decent human being with a conscience and a full complement of both emotional and cognitive empathy for others. It only means they’re not…currently…using drugs or alcohol as a crutch to boost their constantly flailing self-esteem or to numb-out their difficult emotions.

    Sobriety does NOT cure or fix or repair the underlying Cluster B disorder that often lands them in legal and/or professional trouble in the first place.

    Sobriety does NOT give them a conscience.

    Sobriety does NOT calibrate their moral compass so that it’s suddenly law-abiding.

    Sobriety most definitely does NOT mean that the Narcissists, Borderlines, Histrionics, Sociopaths or Psychopaths suddenly believe that the rules and laws of society and the social contract apply to them, because every single person who suffers from one of those disorders actually BELIEVE the opposite. They truly believe they are ABOVE the law and that laws and promises and the social contract applies to everyone else BUT them. Yes, seriously.

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