What is histrionic personality disorder? Amber Heard prone to 'violence' and 'externalising blame'

Dr Shannon Curry revealed that Heard could have a personality disorder


                            What is histrionic personality disorder? Amber Heard prone to 'violence' and 'externalising blame'
Amber Heard does not have PTSD (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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Johnny Depp's legal team on Tuesday, April 26, called a psychologist to stand in the courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia. She was of the opinion that Depp's ex-wife could be battling a personality disorder.

Dr Shannon Curry, a licensed clinical and forensic psychologic in California and Hawaii, was asked to tesify on her expert advise on any intimate partner violence Depp and Heard may be facing in the duration of their relationship. She used the available data and shared the details of her psychological evaluation under oath.

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Curry testified, "The results of Ms Heard's evaluation supported two diagnoses...borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder." On the basis of the results of the evaluation, Curry thinks Heard is a "3-6" code type. These numbers mean, as explained by the expert, that Heard is primarily concerned with image, she is prone to treating others with cruelty and externalizing blame, and is unable for take responsibilty for her wrongdoing. Individuals with a "3-6" score are more likely to be, "passive-aggressive, self-indulgent, self-centered, [and] needy for approval and attention."

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Curry is the director of the Curry Psychology Group. The website of this group claims that it is "a leading multi-specialty counseling center in Orange County, CA." Moreover, the director Curry has, "has 15 years of experience conducting research, therapy, and psychological evaluations pertaining to trauma, violence, and relationships." During her questioning, Curry did verify that she is not certified by the board. The board certification is not mandatory for doctors to practice in their field but this extra step may take them to an advanced position, professionally.

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As per the Cleveland Clinic, "dramatic personality disorders" sufferers have a dire need to demand attention and often retain a set of well-developed skills that help them manipulate others. The page says, "People with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions and distorted self-images. For people with histrionic personality disorder, their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and does not arise from a true feeling of self-worth. They have an overwhelming desire to be noticed, and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention."

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They also list the potential symptoms of histronic personality disorder that involve discomfort when one is not the centre of attention, acting rashly, not thinking before acting or speaking, being too focused on their physical appearance, difficulty in maintaining relationships, and worst of all- attempting suicide for attention. 

Depp is suing Heard for defamation in relation to an opinion piece she wrote that was published by the Washington Post in December 2018. In it, Heard seemed to indirectly accuse Depp of domestic abuse during their marriage, which lasted from 2015 to 2017. Depp is seeking $50 million in damages, claiming that the allegations are untrue and have had a negative impact on his Hollywood career and reputation. The actor has also claimed that Heard had been abusive toward him.

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