Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial has revealed crazy relationship details. There’s Depp’s alleged drug use, Aquaman’s “grumpy” on his bed, and his traumatic childhood. Fans “understood” Heard’s borderline and histrionic diagnoses. What does it mean?
Witness (Johnny Depp) Amber Heard BPD, HPD
Dr. Shannon Curry, a witness for Depp, testified that Heard’s diagnoses were based on psychological evaluations, a direct examination, and participation in an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) test. Curry explained that the diagnoses are “two different sides of the same coin.” The clinical and forensics psychologist gave the following description of histrionic personality disorder when speaking about it: “an overly dramatic presentation,” “drama and shallowness,” the need to “always be the center of attention,” and “quick shifts” in emotions.
Dr. Curry said Heard’s symptoms were “suddenly animated or sad.” “People with personality disorders display shallow emotions. Observers will think they’re acting. She never expressed a sense of vulnerability.” While assessing Heard, she noted his “very sophisticated way of minimizing any personal problems.”
Dr. Curry said people with the same diagnoses as the actress “externalize blame, have a lot of inner-hostility that is controlled, are self-righteous but deny it, and judge others critically against high moral standards”
Dr. Curry said Heard’s bipolar personality disorder involves “instability” in relationships, emotions, behavior, sense of self and identity, and “emotional reactivity,” all “driven by this underlying terror of abandonment.” People with this disorder “make desperate attempts” to keep people from leaving by using “extreme and concerning behaviors” The psychologist linked the disorder to “intensity”
“Then reality sets in. Even those we share a lot with aren’t perfect “Curry says. “Whereas most of us can accept someone as a whole, BPD is black and white. Splitting. That person goes to the dumpster, idealized… Over time, these relationships deteriorate because the person with the disorder feels remorse.”
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Dr. Curry found no PTSD symptoms in Heard’s evaluation. “Just because someone doesn’t have PTSD doesn’t mean they weren’t psychologically harmed by whatever is alleged — in this case, Ms. Heard alleges she was psychologically harmed and suffered PTSD because of Mr. Depp’s abuse,” she said. Dr. Dawn Hughes, the actress’s witness, diagnosed her with PTSD. Hughes said she “always” approaches evaluations with “healthy skepticism.”
Hughes blamed “Mr. Depp’s intimate partner violence.” “That’s what pushed the symptoms,” she said, and four tests confirmed the diagnosis. She disputed Curry’s personality assessments. Depp told the court he’d never hit Heard or any woman. His “goal is the truth” and to clear his name in court.
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Experts believe Heard overreacted during her testimony, diminishing her credibility. “Amber Heard has taken a chance. Extreme abuse claims. If the jury believes her, she should be rewarded and Depp punished “Insider’s Huntley Taylor. “Unless jurors believe her, she’ll be punished. Her credibility seems crucial to jurors’ decisions.”
Brett Ward, the co-chair of Blank Rome’s matrimonial and family law practice, agrees. “When she talks about actual violence, her comments go from victim to actress, and that’s a big problem for her,” he said, adding that her recollection sounded “like a soliloquy.”