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Chris Brown's bipolar disorder caused violent behavior, says doctor

Singer Chris Brown has been ordered to stay in rehab two more months after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), People reported Feb. 28.

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Chris Brown has bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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In a letter to the court, the rehab facility blamed Brown's violent past behavior on his previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder, but said the R&B star has been making great progress since getting treatment.

Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD. He continues to make great strides. [But he needs] intense individual, family and medical follow-up over the next year so he can sustain the changes."

Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, afflicts about six million Americans. It is marked by extremes in elevated or irritable moods with periods of severe depression,. Treatment for bipolar disorder usually involves a combination of drugs and talk therapy.

Chris' probation officer also ecommended that he remain on probation until November 2014. Brown was originally put on probation in 2009 after he allegedly attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna just hours before the Grammy Awards.

In November 2013, Brown was sentenced to in-patient rehab after getting involved in a fight outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. His daily routine in rehab includes drug therapy, waking up at 5 a.m. to do chores, attending six to eight therapy sessions a week, and doing 24 hours a week of community service.

Now that Chris has been getting treated for his bipolar disorder and PTSD, the rehab center said he has been a model citizen, but he needs to remain under the close supervision of his doctor to ensure his mental health condition remains stable.

Brown, 24, isn't the only celebrity who has gone public with bipolar disorder. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and singer Demi Lovato both recently spoke out about dealing with bipolar II disorder, which they treat with drugs and talk therapy.

Lovato discussed her recovery from drug addiction, anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder in her memoir, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year. Other celebrities who have bipolar disorder include actors Ben Stiller, Mel Gibson, Carrie Fisher, and the late Marilyn Monroe.

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