Chris Brown to Remain in Anger Management Due to Untreated Mental Health Disorder
By Annie Reuter
At a hearing on Friday (Feb. 28), the singer’s probation officer reported Brown “continues to make great improvement” in dealing with anger, stress and drugs, but CNN reports the judge said Brown can’t go free just yet.
Officials from Brown’s rehab facility claim the singer is dealing with several serious issues including a mental health disorder and PTSD, among other issues.
“Our clinical team believes Mr Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to [an] untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and [post-traumatic stress disorder],” officials from Brown’s rehab facility wrote.
The Guardian reports that he is now learning “behavioral strategies” and “relaxation exercises” to help him manage his “impulsive behaviors.”
Before Brown is released from his anger management program, he has to be tried on a 2013 assault charge in Washington, which is what led him to enter rehab initially. After his trial, the judge will make a decision on whether Brown’s latest assault charge violated his probation in the 2009 assault of his then girlfriend, Rihanna.
In January, Brown rejected a plea offer related to the alleged altercation in Washington, D.C. where he was facing misdemeanor simple assault charges stemming from an incident where he and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were accused of beating up a male fan.
This is the same altercation that caused Brown’s probation to be revoked for the second time in 2013.