Is Jim Carrey On The Verge Of A Breakdown After Jenny Breakup? An Expert Weighs In!

Mon, April 12, 2010 8:26pm EDT by 16 Comments
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Ever since Jim announced his breakup with Jenny McCarthy April 6, he’s been on a Twitter binge – and been saying some pretty crazy things. But is he in his right mind? Psychotherapist Dr. Julie Armstrong breaks down what’s going on in Jim’s head.

Holy heck what’s happened to Jim Carrey? Ever since the 44-year-old comedian announced his breakup to girlfriend of four plus years, Jenny McCarthy, over Twitter April 6, everything seemed to be fine…until he started tweeting freaky, cryptic phrases, that is.

“I have freed Truman at long last! I am now free 2 be my whole self, which includes a somewhat contemplative nature, a yen 4 sociology,” Jim wrote on his Twitter page around 2 a.m. April 12. But the tweeting didn’t stop there… in fact it continued until 4 a..m!

“Some folks out there are worried that I stay up too late but their fundamental mistake is in assuming that I haven’t moved to Fiji! |^•snore,” Jim tweeted at 4 a.m.

Say what? Is he OK? We checked in with a few therapists just to make sure.

“Jim seems to be on a rant making terribly, insightful sayings about his life, himself, the world, and this is a condition called manic, which can be a part of manic depression ‘bipolar illness,’” clinical and forensic psychotherapist Dr. Julie Armstrong explains to HollywoodLife.com. “This condition alternates between deep dark depression and grandiose highs, which can be seen in his tweets.”

Interestingly, Jim tweeted about “freeing Truman”, a reference to his movie The Truman Show, in which his character lived in a fabricated world made for reality TV until he finally discovered he was living a lie.

Julie says that when Jim wrote this, he was implying that he was “not being true to himself, breaking up is breaking out of his bubble into reality, and this is Jim’s way of releasing himself from self-denial in their relationship.”

Agrees Beverly Hills, Calif. based psychologist Dr. Jenn Berman, “The behavior Jim is exhibiting is a bit manic, and it would imply that he is having a hard time with the break-up. It’s a tough time.”

Dr. Julie thinks that Jim’s state should not go untreated. “[Jim] has lost touch with reality and his reference to not sleeping is a huge indicator of bipolar disorder,” she says. “At its worst, bipolar disorder can lead to very bizarre behavior, psychosis, hallucinations and life-threatening behavior.”

While Dr. Julie thinks that Jim might have a serious problem, Dr. Jenn thinks he may have just had an off night. “He seemed a bit incoherent,” she tells us. “Possibly he had a few drinks. It’s hard to know if he was just being silly and sleepless or tipsy, or if this is a sign of something more serious.”

– Allison McNamara

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erika

Posted at 10:53 AM on January 23, 2012  

He had probably been drinking. No big deal. He’s a quirky person. Leave him alone.

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anon

Posted at 11:05 PM on November 10, 2011  

I’m sure Jim Carrey can care of his mental health by himself – both him and Jenny appeared on Larry King discussing the connection between autism/mental illness to nutrition..he’s a great role model for anyone struggling with mental illness!

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dave

Posted at 10:17 AM on August 24, 2011  

this is not an article.. this is trash talk. Get a job, lady.

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Lynda

Posted at 5:04 PM on August 22, 2010  

When I read this article I was astonished. He is not seeing anyone to treat this condition and is not on any medication. My nephew was bi-polar and went off his meds when his wife refused to reconcile with him. Henceforth, he took a gun and shot his brains out. Jim could go balistic at any given moment. He should consult a professional for help before it is too late

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Ally

Posted at 6:08 PM on April 13, 2010  

No – Jim has always had an oddball sense of humour and said some pretty out there things – he’s just a quirky guy. Well I certainly hope he is doing ok after his break up.

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anonymous

Posted at 5:51 PM on April 13, 2010  

i think dr. jenn and the people who voted above are way off. it is a known fact that jim carrey IS bipolar , and untreated. ask jenny mccarthy, she was with him, in relationship for 5 years, and couldnt take it. the ups and downs. he is crazy funny, up til 4am, manic, funny, crazy, full of energy, then staying in his house for days. the sick part is he doesnt get it. sicker is he tried prozac, quit, and hasnt dealt with his real problem, which is bipolar, and gotten diagnosed properly, and treated with bipolar meds, and stayed on the. ask other women jim carrey has been with. he will never ever have a longlasting relationship until he is treated with meds and stays on them.sorry, but this is truth. the first therapist above is one hundred percent right.

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anaid

Posted at 9:53 AM on April 14, 2010  

Usually, people have a longstanding relationship for many reasons, but this doesn’t mean that people must have a long-lasting relationship to be called unipolar. Jim is realistic and his choice in life is to be with someone as long as he feel that nothing is left for giving or taking back. Since you said that Jim is full of energy, let him to spend that energy as he wants and decides, and do not judge him for what he is. Jim is a great artist, who is giving a lot to people who adore him. He is not sick or manic, he is a very sensitive person since he loved and took care for his mother so much. And the God blessed him with a great talent. Let Jim to enjoy his life as he wants to! He was not born only for Jenny.

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Sam

Posted at 4:31 AM on June 25, 2010  

wow, you must be his close, personal friend to have all these “facts”. First off, in no official format has he ever been diagnose (you show me a CREDIBLE site that says otherwise and I will bow to your greatness). Secondly, unless you have a MD, PhD, or MS to show me your “opinion” about him being “obviously” bipolar is just that. Not all people who experience highs and lows are bipolar and not all people with bipolar disorder have the cliché highs and lows associated with manic depressive disorders (THAT is coming from a psych grad who is currently attending grad school). Stop talking like you’re some expert on either subject, and stop trying to classify someone with such a serious illness who has only ever said (and I quote), “I have issues with depression”. If he has been diagnosed and chooses to not publicize it you should respect that; if he has not been diagnosed and you suspect that he may need treatment then say as such rather than definitively labeling him something you have no expertise to base such accusations.

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anaid

Posted at 2:17 PM on April 13, 2010  

Since this writing shows us a wrong age of Jim (44), I do not see anything serious what is written about him on it. And I cannot say who is not touching the reality, Jim or the writer. Jim is very realistic in everything he says. We, people, don’t like the reality and go against it by trying to justify the truth if it is saying without parentheses.

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Mary Contrary

Posted at 9:44 PM on April 12, 2010  

You know, I figured he was, but to be fair, it seems like one or both of his parents also had issues. Another comment mentioned 2 failed marriages. Anyone else remember that Renee Z was around and then gone?
He might feel nothing medicated, but the highs and lows of this disease isn’t just a roller coaster to those around him but a hurricane and a tornado all at the same time. Releasing yourself from your meds isn’t the answer…

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anonymous

Posted at 9:06 PM on April 12, 2010  

jim carrey is seriously bipolar and untreated and in such serious denial it is really scary and kinda sickening. i would rather not hear anymore tabloid news about him, as i feel sickened. maybe someone should talk him into going into a psych unit. this guy doesnt have depression, he is bipolar, and prozac and or no treatment is the worst thing ever. jim carrey needs bipolar meds and therapy and to stay on them. the late night stuff is bipolar. the crazy stuff and the depression is bipolar. staying in his house and hiding is bipolar. jenny left, and he is in a breakDOWN, BIPOLAR SPINDOWN, AND OUT OF REALITY….

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mimi

Posted at 11:38 AM on April 13, 2010  

Bipolar? …is that what he has??….who told you so, anyway for me he is just crazy to look at, his face-movements makes me uncomfortable, never saw any of his films to the end, it is so overdone, thats my opinion…..

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anaid

Posted at 2:56 PM on April 13, 2010  

Jim Carrey is a great artist and a great person. He has a great mind, and great minds are always in movement, they never rest, but create. You do not need to hear anymore news about him, just watch his movies if you like them. But, as I see you are attracted to horror more than comedy.

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anonymous

Posted at 4:40 PM on September 17, 2011  

Sounds like you need to get on bipolar meds. If he is bipolar and he is not self destructing to himself, who is to judge? You have to respect someone for wanting to be drug free.

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Boo Hearne Carroll

Posted at 8:43 PM on April 12, 2010  

In the mid-90s Jim Carrey was all the rage. Everything he touched turned to gold. He was loved and adored. With two divorces behind him and a failed relationship on top of having his latest film delayed once again, it is enough to make anyone unsteady. Factor bipolar in and you have a perfect storm. He needs to sit down with some serious career leaders and re-invent himself. He’s way too old now for the Jim Carrey with the rubber face and silly persona. Do some international charity work, Jim. Go down to Haiti. Donate your time and money to kids in LA who need a mentor. Leave women out of the equation for a while. So many actors and actresses have found themselves in your shoes through the years. You’ll bounce back. Just change your life.

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Jessi

Posted at 12:29 AM on September 22, 2010  

Wow! I really like what you said! That;s good advice for anyone. :)

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