Megan Fox’s self-diagnosed “mental problem” likely not schizophrenia – called too “high functioning” by head doctor

(Photo from Wonderland magazine)
Megan Fox, 23, plays a possessed cheerleader-turned-killer in her 2009 film Jennifer’s Body. In 2007 she co-starred with Shia LaBeouf in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen directed by Michael Bay.> Ms. Fox has said in recent interviews that she >has struggled with mental health problems since her youth but has not been “officially diagnosed.” In an interview published in Wonderland magazine, she says “I constantly struggle with the idea that…I’m a borderline personality, or that I have bouts of mild schizophrenia.”Based on “snippets in interviews,” one clinical psychiatrist is quoted as saying “…she definitely doesn’t have schizophrenia…she’s so highly functional that [this diagnosis] wouldn’t even enter my mind.”

There’s a rule in psychiatry known as the Goldwater Rule — based on a section of the The Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association (Section 7.3) that reads:

“On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.

It’s worth pointing out here that we at Celebrity Diagnosis agree with this ethical principle and would like to make it clear that in no cases have we examined celebrities and other public figures that we report on nor do we have access to their medical records. Based only on information reported from at least two media sources, we are sharing with our readers our expertise about medical and health issues in general for the purposes of increasing health awareness and medical knowledge among consumers. As it states at the bottom of all of our pages: This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own doctor. The information is not to be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. This being said, we believe that the best approach to health care is for consumers to be well-informed so that they can take joint responsibility for managing their health in partnership with their personal physician and other health care providers.
More information:

Borderline Personality Disorder
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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