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Is Maia Campbell Struggling With Mental Illness?
On Thursday, Actress Maia Campbell became a top trending topic on Twitter after video of her cursing and ranting (almost incoherently) surfaced on the internet.
What few blogs talked about was that Maia is believed to be suffering from bipolar disorder and/or schizophrenia.
Dr. De, who has not treated Campbell, says that if Maia has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, her behavior on the video is consistent with that diagnosis, “During the video, Maia displayed symptoms of disorganized schizophrenia. The way she moved and spoke showed that she really didn’t seem to be in complete control of her faculties. She also made up words and had trouble organizing her thoughts to make logical connections. Many people associate those behaviors with drug abuse, but mental illness can also look similar.”
For that reason, Dr. De doesn’t rule out drug abuse as a possible cause, “People that use drugs can be mistaken for people with schizophrenia and people with schizophrenia can be mistaken for people who use drugs. This confusion occurs frequently.”
According to Dr. De, there is another connection between schizophrenia and illicit drug abuse, “Schizophrenics are more likely to use illegal drugs than not. Those schizophrenics who use illegal drugs often don’t follow their treatment plan which can make their symptoms worse.”
Maia isn’t the only celebrity whose unseemly behavior has brought speculation of drug abuse and mental illness. After Britney Spears displayed erratic and unpredictable behavior that landed her on the cover of tabloid magazines for months on end, many people surmised that she may have been suffering from an untreated mental illness like bipolar disorder. While no mental illness was ever confirmed publicly, ultimately, Britney’s father intervened and is given credit for helping to get the singer back on track.
If Maia is suffering from schizophrenia, Dr. De says it might be hard for her to seek out help, “Oftentimes, people with schizophrenia who are not taking their medication do not recognize that their behavior is problematic so they don’t feel the need to seek treatment.”
And what if they don’t get help? “If they don’t get help they continue to suffer. Some of them commit suicide because of their delusions and hallucinations. At the very least, it’s very difficult for them to maintain meaningful relationships and be fully functional in the world.”
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