I recently stumbled over this quote about Angelina Jolie. I have written about Angelina twice concerning BPD: here and here. This quote is from a mental health professional that understood that Angelina was actually diagnosed with BPD in the 90s. I don’t know who actually posted this message, because the profile seems to be gone, but it backs up some things I said about Ms. Jolie:
It is my understanding, and I am a psychologist, that Angelina Jolie checked into (volunatarily not a forced commitment) to the Neuropsychiatric Institute in the late 1990′s due to self-reported suicidal and homicidal ideation, no intention or plan for carrying out was reported. She was diagnosed with presumptive Borderline Personality Disorder which in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness (DSM-IV) for is an Axis II Personality Disorder. Axis I diagnoses are mostly mood disorders and can be transient (i.e. major depressive disorder, adjustment disorder, etc). Axis II disorders are thought to be characterological disorders, more ingrained and ego-syntonic and therefore, more difficult to “change.” Since that time, I believe AJ has managed this much better and less self-destructively. There are a few people with BPD who do get better and stop doing crazy and self-destructive things. I think that motherhood was a big adaptive “glue” for her and she has pulled herself together since adopting Maddox. She seems to have found a “bigger purpose” and is not acting out with drugs, etc. Of course many of these patients are vulnerable to stress and loss. Grief or any loss tends to run a more complicated course with persons who have Borderline Personality Disorder. I have never met, evaluated, or treated Jolie, but one of my expertises is BPD. I go to tons of conferences on this and several presenters as well as I recall that she said in a legitimate news source that she was hospitalized by her choice at a particularly chaotic time in her life. That was almost ten yeas ago and I think with age and motherhood along with finding a purpose she found new and more adaptive ways to deal with old demons (and we all have those). That is probably all I will say as a professional because I am on this forum just to goof off but did what to add this given the previous posts.