Borderline Personality Disorder,  Celebrities,  Impulsiveness,  Substance Abuse,  Suicide

Mindy McCready and BPD

Mindy McCready and BPDI’m not much of a country music fan, but I have stumbled upon Mindy McCready, who I suspect has BPD (again, I’m not a doctor or have I never met her so this is an arm-chair analysis). Here are some possible clues:

Suicidal Tendencies

In May 2005, McCready’s ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking McCready. The following July, McCready was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida after attempting suicide. She was hospitalized for a drug overdose after washing down a large amount of undisclosed drugs with alcohol. That September, McCready, who was then pregnant with McKnight’s child, attempted suicide for a second time by overdosing on antidepressants.

Substance Abuse

In August 2004, McCready was arrested in Tennessee for using a fake prescription to buy the painkiller OxyContin. Although she initially denied the charge, she pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000, sentenced to three years probation, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
In May 2005, she was stopped by Nashville police for speeding and then arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. A jury later found her not guilty on the charges of DUI, but guilty of driving with a suspended license. That July, she was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution.

Difficult Relationships

In May 2005, McCready’s ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking McCready.

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

In April 2008, the New York Daily News reported on a possible long-term relationship between McCready and baseball star Roger Clemens that began when she was 15 years old.

Clemens’ attorney Rusty Hardin denied the affair and also stated that Clemens would be bringing a defamation suit regarding this false allegation. Clemens’ attorney admitted that a relationship existed, but described McCready as a “close family friend”. He also stated that McCready had traveled on Clemens’ personal jet and that Clemens’ wife was aware of the relationship. However, McCready confirmed the relationship as being sexual in nature.

On November 17, 2008, McCready spoke in more detail to Inside Edition about her affair with Clemens. She stated that their relationship lasted for more than a decade, and that it ended when Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry McCready. However, she denied that she was fifteen years old when it began, saying that they met when she was sixteen and the affair only became sexual “several years later”.

UPDATE: See http://www.anythingtostopthepain.com/mindy-mccready-dies-in-apparent-suicide/ and http://www.anythingtostopthepain.com/mindy-mccready-bpd-meter/

6 Comments

  • BPD in OKC

    I have loved Mindy’s music for years, and I had heard about her personal struggles, but for some reason I never thought of her as BPD. I guess I had never really put much thought into it. I’m kind of shocked I hadn’t because I always look for borderline tendencies in celebrities.

    I do agree with you that she could be borderline…

  • BPD in OKC

    This just posted on the associated press wire…

    Police: Suicide try hospitalizes Mindy McCready

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police say country singer Mindy McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt.

    A police report says McCready’s brother discovered she had cut her wrists and taken several pills at her home Wednesday. Timothy McCready told police his sister had been “very intoxicated” after a night out.

    A hospital spokeswoman says the singer is in stable condition. McCready attorney Lee Ofman said he did not have details about the situation.

    In October, McCready was released after about 30 days in jail for violating probation on a 2004 drug charge.

    She has struggled with legal and personal problems that included previous suicide attempts.

  • Bon Dobbs

    BPD in OKC,

    I read that in the paper this morning and was going to post an update. You did it for me! Thanks! She’s a mess and need help. I looks like an impulsive attempt. If it were planned perhaps she’d have chosen a more effective method. I feel for her, I really do. Poor woman.

    Bon

  • Vanessa

    Thanks to the media, Mindy is now dead. It is appalling to me that there is still stigma and ignorance even when the media acts like they are being hipp on mental disorders concerning celebrities

  • Bon Dobbs

    Mindy is dead. It’s sad. I don’t think it’s “thanks to the media” though. When you’re a public figure, the media following your life, your problems, your issues and (unfortunately for Mindy) your pain, comes with the territory. If she did have BPD, I think it shows us that this disorder can be fatal. There’s so much pain involved in the disorder – pain that is squelched with drugs and alcohol. Anyone who attempts suicide several times is in pain. That’s why I called this blog “Anything to Stop the Pain”. A person in that much pain will do anything, including taking their own life, to stop it. It’s sad because there is treatment for BPD.

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