Eminem and BPD

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Eminem and Borderline Personality Disorder


Eminem and Borderline Personality Disorder

Diagnosis of Eminem with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Andie Romness

April 19, 2014

Psych 410

Professor Schiele

Everyday, millions of people dream about being a celebrity. The ideas of endless money, fame, parties and attention are some of the few reasons why the lifestyles of the rich and famous are so appealing. From the outside, their lives appear to be flawless, almost unreal. They have people for everything whether it be planning their schedules, driving their cars or styling their everyday looks; it seems so easy. So why is it that so many of these people, whose lives are made look so easy, seem to have the most psychological issues? The answer is simple; not everything is as it seems. What we do not take into account is the minimal amount of privacy these famous people have. Fame brings high expectations, responsibility, stress and getting every aspect of your life getting magnified on a daily basis.

Because of this, it is no wonder some celebrities end up with psychological disorders; more specifically, personality disorders.

A personality disorder is defined as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, is stable over time and leads to distress and impairment. The DSM-V divides personality disorders into three clusters. Cluster A, which is "odd or eccentric", Cluster B, which is "dramatic, emotional, or erratic" and Cluster C, which is "anxious or fearful." Each cluster contains a number of different personality disorders with specified characteristics and diagnostic features. This paper focuses on Borderline Personality Disorder of Cluster B and how this disorder's symptoms and etiology are present in world-renowned rapper, songwriter, actor and producer, Eminem, as well as...