Mel Gibson: Is He Abusive Because He’s Bi-Polar, An Alcoholic Or Just A Jerk?

Wed, July 14, 2010 3:59pm EST by 9 Comments
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HollywoodLife.com spoke with top psychologists, psychiatrists and an anger management and addiction expert about Mel Gibson’s shocking rants — and learned what they reveal about his mental health!

Mel Gibson is a recovering alcoholic and an alleged manic depressive, but does that explain his horrific ranting at his now ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva?

In four recorded phone-wars that have now leaked on the Internet, the 54-year-old screams racial slurs, drops the C-word and threatens to kill the mother of his eight-month-old child, Lucia — all the while huffing and puffing like he’s having a panic attack.

Some are saying Mel’s abusive behavior can be partially blamed on his mental health. Nearly ten years ago Mel admitted in a documentary called Acting Class of 1977 (released in 2008) that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

“I had really good highs but some very low lows,” the Braveheart actor said. “I found out recently I’m manic depressive.”

HollywoodLife.com consulted with top doctors and therapists in the psychiatric field and the response was nearly unanimous. Despite his alleged diagnosis, Mel’s mental instability cannot be completely to blame for his abusive and offensive behavior.

Rage is not a symptom of bipolar disorder:

“I don’t know if it’s a panic attack or if it’s just more uncontrolled rage. Rage isn’t a symptom and doesn’t stem from bipolar disorder — but if you take into account his issues with his relationship with Oksana, on top of everything else, his mental health could be in part [to blame].” — Clinical psychologist and host of VH1’s Dad Camp Dr. Jeff Gardere

“If Mel has said that he has been diagnosed as a manic depressive with bipolar disorder, then yes, it might contribute, but it doesn’t exonerate him. There are a lot of people who have bipolar disorder and are not abusive like this. A manic depressive can have very intense feelings, but plenty of people who have been diagnosed and are NOT abusive. They don’t threaten to burn down the house or use racial slurs.” — Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman

“You cannot diagnose him as a manic depressive just from these tapes. He feels used and abandoned. Mel Gibson’s rage is pure sexual frustration. In the fourth tape where he talks about not getting sexually pleasured, it makes it even clearer that it’s just extreme sexual frustration … and that can push someone over the edge.” — Psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman

Mel Gibson exhibits signs of narcissism — which also isn’t a symptom of his alleged disorder:

“One of the things that you hear in all of the audio tapes is that everything is about HIM. He says she embarrasses him. HE wants sex. There’s nothing about her. He obviously has no ability to communicate. It’s all me, me, me.” — Dr. Berman

“Mel Gibson was narcissistically wounded and he was trying to wound her. He was trying to wound her with his words the same way she wounded him by abandoning him.” — Dr. Lieberman

Crazy or just angry, Mel Gibson needs help NOW:

“People who have any kind of disorder and go untreated tend to just get worse. First, he needs to get his mood and his mental state in a better place. He needs to be stabilized before he can even address where all this hate and rage is coming from. He definitely needs some kind of psychological intervention.” — Dr. Berman

“If Mel has a disorder, he needs to take his medicine and go to therapy. THEN he can follow up and figure out what’s causing this.” — Dr. Gardere

“I don’t care if he is manic. What I hear in those tapes is really rage. Mel is full of rage and anger. He’s controlling and he’s abusive. He needs help.” — Addiction expert and anger management specialist Marty Brenner

–Kirstin Benson

Get More on Mad-Man Mel Gibson!

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  2. EXPERTS SAY: Mel Gibson’s Threatening Rants To Ex-Lover Oksana Might Land Him 8+ Years In Jail
  3. Mel Gibson Offered Oksana Grigorieva $20 Million To Stay Quiet & Agree To Joint Custody Of Their Daughter!
  4. LISTEN NOW: Mel Gibson’s New Audio Tape: He Threatens To Kill Oksana TWICE & Admits To Hitting Her
  5. Oksana Can’t Touch Mel Gibson’s Fortune — She Signed Over All Her Rights When They Were Dating!
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Paul J Mishke

Posted at 12:16 PM on July 15, 2010  

Mel is just having a tough time staying away from the booze,but that alone doesn’t excuse his ranting and raving.He has a lot of demons locked away inside and needs a shrink to get them out.He seems to have a problem with black people,but I really think its just the liquor talking.

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Sue Angus

Posted at 4:54 PM on July 27, 2010  

Of course it’s the liquor talking! Everyone acts like this is the first drunk they’ve ever heard! When men are drunk, real drunk, they say things and act like demons! DUH! Everyone knows what a great guy Mel is when he’s sober and normal (which is MOST of the time!) These tapes (probably all taped in one day, OR spliced together, know that con artist, gold digger, commie woman who’s SO playing him!) were all done when he was DRUNK and ANGRY! WHO has not said outrageous things when they were mad, cut off from sex, used and abused, and then DRUNK on top of it? Everyone has!!!! Get real people!

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mimi tholsted

Posted at 12:03 PM on July 15, 2010  

There are many factors here involved like bipolar – alcohol, he has for sure got his way all his life screaming and yelling left and right….I wonder what the exwife went through all those years she was married to him, uf-uf!, stay away from him he is a maniac and he can snap any time….he should injoy his golden years with his children…instead of flipping out and give people the space they deserve…. god advice “stay away from him – far away” dont make him upset – he is a walking timebomb ready to explode!!!!

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Dee

Posted at 11:18 AM on July 15, 2010  

Just heard this morning on the news that the tapes were doctored. Seems it is a set-up. What some women won’t do for money. Sad, especially for the child. Mel isn’t completely exonerated. However, it may not be as badly as it seems.

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devoge

Posted at 11:11 AM on July 15, 2010  

He’s so gross. & She’s equally disgusting. They deserve each other. =P

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Tk

Posted at 2:49 AM on July 15, 2010  

I am bipolar and i have this “rage” the same as mel gibson. A sign of bipolar is irritablity. when you get irritate you become enraged. bipolar is all about extreme emotions. your thoughts are racing and things just dont move as fast as your thoughts. but on the other end of the scale when you are depressed you also become irritable. so this can increase anger. the drinking is another factor in it but normally you have an episode then the drinking starts. i am actually on a drug called quentiapine for my rage.

I dont think hes on meds but as Boo said were waiting on the otherside.

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Lori

Posted at 10:56 PM on July 14, 2010  

Is it possible he is not taking his meds for his bipolar depression and that has made him act out? Or maybe he is not even on any medication? Or possibly his drinking and bipolar disorder just don’t mix? I am not defending him in any way, I am just saying aside from being an asshole, there may be other contributing factors.

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Boo Hearne Carroll

Posted at 6:25 PM on July 14, 2010  

Yes, the tapes are all about him, but we haven’t heard both sides. She had to do something for him to be so insane. Instead of making a living from her vast education in music, she chose to live off famous male actors both here and in London. Photos of her with Timothy Dalton are a far cry from the ones we see today. She has had a lot of plastic surgery and enhancements over the years. Mel is not her last ‘conquest.’ There will be more men with more money and one of them will (foolishly) marry her. What is it she did to Mel Gibson that sent him completely over the edge to the point it has ruined his career and may cost him jail time? We haven’t heard both sides of this.

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LINDA F

Posted at 12:08 PM on July 16, 2010  

I agree with this email.I wonder what this woman did to get him so upset…I think the tapes were aultered.
I heard that Mels first wife said that he didnt have any anger issues with her. It is a shame that he left his first wife and 6 kids for this vandictive woman.
I hope he gets the help he needs. My heart goes out to him!

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