Charlie Sheen: ‘Substance Abuse Causes My Manic Behavior’
Actor Charlie Sheen’s crazed conduct in the past was induced by alcohol and drug abuse, according to the actor.
The 50-year-old star’s wild antics, party boy reputation and strange rants for years have often made him tabloid fodder, and during an upcoming interview on The Dr. Oz Show, he confessed this sort of “manic behavior” is down to “substance abuse and drinking.”
“It doesn’t really happen when I’m not doing that,” Sheen noted in the discussion with TV doctor Mehmet Oz, which airs on Monday. “It has never really reared its head.”
The former Two and a Half Men star believes he may have an underlying psychological disorder, which has prompted him to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, and Sheen is very open to researching if indeed he is a manic depressive.
“I’ve been described or diagnosed by enough people,” he shared. “I guess at some point you have to take a look at it if it keeps walking like a duck. And I’m not opposed to investigating that aspect of myself. It would be (good) to once and for all find out, and then I’d kind of say (to those people who told me I may be manic depressive in the past), ‘Thanks for being right,’ or, ‘Thanks for assessing me correctly.’ Or I can finally say, ‘You know… you’re wrong.’ At least I would have the data to go from.”
Sheen went public with his HIV diagnosis in November during a candid interview on the Today show, during which he confessed he had been secretly battling the virus for four years. After pursuing alternative treatments for the virus in Mexico, Sheen’s manager Mark Burg assured fans earlier this month he is now back on his normal medication.
“Charlie is back on his meds,” Burg told People. “He tried a cure from a doctor in Mexico but the minute the numbers (of HIV-infected cells) went up, he started taking his medicine.”