- A psychiatrist hired by Amber Heard testified on behalf of Johnny Depp in the defamation trial.
- She said Heard had “severely exaggerated” his PTSD symptoms and downplayed Heard’s personal issues.
- The psychiatrist said Heard was suffering from disorders related to violence toward romantic partners.
A forensic clinical psychologist who evaluated Amber Heard testified in court on Tuesday that she had diagnosed the actor borderline personality disorder Histrionic personality disorder.
Shannon Curry, a psychologist, said that Heard’s scores on occupational psychological tests were related to people who were “anger-filled” and “socially sophisticated.”
“These people might just explode that kind of anger sometimes,” said Carey. “They tend to be very passive-aggressive. They may be self-absorbed and self-centered. They can use manipulative tactics to try to meet their needs. They have a strong need for attention, acceptance, and approval.”
Carrey is called to witness alongside Johnny Depp’s attorney, who is suing Heard. Heard allegedly tarnished his reputation When she described herself as a victim of domestic violence in 2018 – a description Depp denies. his claim too He claims Heard physically and verbally abused him throughout their relationship Until their 2016 divorce, Heard doubled down on her allegations with a counter-suit.
The clinical psychologist testified that she was hired by Heard’s attorney to assess whether Heard had PTSD following her relationship with Depp.
Carey evaluated Heard for 12 hours in December over two days and analyzed her previous treatment records, recordings and other documents provided by her attorneys, she said. Carey said Heard “did not have PTSD” and appeared to have “significantly exaggerated” symptoms.
“She initially said, ‘Yeah, I have 19 out of 20 shows.’ That’s not typical, even for someone with the most disabling form of PTSD,” Curry said at the stand in Fairfax, Virginia, where the trial is taking place. “When we finally did reduce it somewhat, there were three symptoms left.”
She diagnosed Heard with other psychiatric disorders.
“The results of Ms. Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses: borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder,” Carey said.
I heard you might be afraid of abandonment
Carey said the assessments included looking at Heard’s home life and her relationship with her family – Which Heard said was abusive School life, friendships, career history and other personal relationships. Among the tests I used was the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, otherwise known as the MMPI-2, which is used to diagnose personality disorders.
Carey said she prepared a 25-page explanation after the test. She concluded that Heard had “a very sophisticated way of minimizing any personal problems”, with “a lot of internal hostility” blaming the outside.
Curry said BPD is a disorder of “instability” in interpersonal relationships, emotions, and a person’s sense of self. The driving factor, she said, was the “underlying horror of abandonment”.
“When someone fears being abandoned by their partner or someone else in their environment, and has this disorder, they will make desperate attempts to prevent this from happening,” said Carey. These desperate attempts can be physical aggression.
She added that borderline personality disorder is “a predictive factor for women who engage in violence against their partner.”
“If their partner wanted to get space from all these intense emotions, they would often be abusive to their partners in these situations,” Carey said. “Sometimes, they physically stop them from leaving and they get infected that way.”
Carey said people with the disorder can express their “explosive anger” as a result of perceived abuse, in a way that can be “stressful for their partners.”
“A lot of times, their partners will try to make them happy at first and really allow themselves to be a punching bag, thinking that they can somehow solve this problem, and somehow they can improve it,” Curry said. “And in the end, it just confuses them.”
Carrie’s assessment is similar to that of Laurel Anderson, a therapist who oversaw marriage counseling sessions with Depp and Heard. Anderson said earlier in the trial that Heard had taken control of the conversations And they have poor listening skills.
Anderson said Depp’s relationship with Heard sparked “mutual abuse” between the couple. Anderson added that Heard told her she had “stepped up” arguments for violence if she was afraid Depp would leave her. Other witnesses said they sometimes saw Heard physically clinging to Depp as he tried to get away from the fight.
“You’re going to see a lot of this escalation of weird behavior,” Curry said on Tuesday. “They can react violently. They can react aggressively. And they often physically prevent their partner from trying to leave.”
“They may take on the role of the victim or the role of the princess, and even make up stories”
deep Tested earlier in the trial That he planned to leave Heard, after years of constant fighting, after his mother’s death. Heard preempted this by serving a restraining order that included pictures of her bruised face, in an incident she blamed on Depp but which Depp and his staff testified was fabricated.
According to Carey, people with BPD often make “threats to use the legal system” when they are threatened with abandonment.
“They might say they’re going to file a restraining order or claim abuse, or they might do these things, to try to keep their partner from leaving,” Carey said. “Right now, they’re not consciously thinking, ‘I’m going to stop my partner from leaving now.’ They’re just thinking, ‘I can’t stand this.’ I hate my partner.”
“They’ve gone from idealism to abruptly minimizing hurt,” Carey added.
The psychiatrist also said that Heard handled her evaluation in a way that downplayed her psychological problems.
“I handled it in a way that clearly minimized any psychological imbalance. Not only that, but she really presented herself as free of any issues,” said Carey. “And she did it in a very complex, and not so obvious, way, by answering questions that most people might not even notice as she was trying to figure it out.”
Carey said Heard’s MMPI test has produced a “type of symbol” associated with “cruelty,” as well as people who are “very attention-seeking” and “prone to outside blame, so much so that it’s unclear if they can even admit to themselves that they are responsible.”
Carey said the results showed Heard could see herself as an “injustice avenger” without her own faults.
“They have the ability to present some of their mistakes but only those that people think lightly of and can relate to all of them,” she said. “And so they can present very fairly and evenly, but in reality, they may actually be very judgmental of others and unaware of the problems in their behavior around their thinking.”
Before Depp finished his testimony on Monday, He said on stage that Heard was jealous of his friendship with Paul Bettany. Depp said the “WandaVision” actress was such a threat to Heard, that it brought Bettany’s 18-year-old son to tears in an argument.
Carey said that people with histrionic personality disorder often want to be the center of attention even when they have little to say. When they see the attention of the people around them dwindle, Curry said, they might make up stories.
“They might take on the role of the victim or the role of the princess, and even make up stories,” Carey said. “Sometimes, it’s to reinforce the role of the victim. Sometimes, these stories are just to make it seem more interesting or accomplished in their mind so they can get respect and attention that way.”