The behavioral problems that arise from medical disorders like bipolar syndrome and borderline personality disorder (BPD) can often lead to an individual being misunderstood by most of society. For the most part, people cannot understand why a person chooses to act out violently or dangerously, even if they know that one of these conditions exist in a person.

A recent announcement regarding a celebrity whose antics have been filling up the pages of national tabloids may go a long way in helping mainstream contemporary society understand more about these afflictions. As this article published by Rolling Stone reports, musician and songwriter Chris Brown has just been diagnosed with a couple of ailments that may explain his tendency towards poor behavior.

Brown’s problems have been well documented by the media in recent years. Currently, the singer/songwriter has another 750 hours of community service to fulfill as part of the latest judgment against him; he’s already finished about 250 hours to this point. Although his sixth album, entitled X, is set to be released this year, Brown has been handling legal issues stemming from an assault charge he earned last October in Washington, DC.

After spending time at a residential mental treatment facility after these latest charges, Brown had been diagnosed with both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as bipolar disorder, according to a recent probation officer’s report. Even given Brown’s high-profile dysfunctional behavior, he had been praised by treatment facility officials for his attitude and work ethic displayed in completing his community service. This characterization of Chris Brown certainly flies in the face of how the mainstream media has portrayed him, but it takes a professional mental health professional and a lot of patience to see these issues for what they are.

Here at the Meehl Foundation, we’re aware that mental health is a developing field about which people have plenty of questions. If you or a loved one is facing a difficult diagnosis, make sure you get effective answers to your questions that will leave you sleeping easy at night. We’ll show you how treatment can help any mental health patient enjoy their lives while keeping those around them safe.