Nowdy without looking for specifics I know we were copied on some of the poison missives that Ashton sent that were cited in FBI agent’s Chris DiMenna’s affidavit. Besides not being a lawyer I am also not a shrink but Ashton’s last email reminded me of my buddy who finally flamed out after not sleeping for several days. This is symptomatic of mania that is associated with Bipolar disorder:
Mania is generally characterized by a distinct period of an elevated, expansive, or irritable mood state. People commonly experience an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep. A person’s speech may be pressured, with thoughts experienced as racing. Attention span is low and a person in a manic state may be easily distracted. Judgment may become impaired; sufferers may go on spending sprees or engage in behavior that is quite abnormal for them. They may indulge in substance abuse, particularly alcohol or other depressants, cocaine or other stimulants, or sleeping pills. Their behavior may become aggressive, intolerant or intrusive. People may feel out of control or unstoppable. People may feel they have been “chosen,” are “on a special mission,” or other grandiose or delusional ideas. Sexual drive may increase. At more extreme phases of bipolar I, a person in a manic state can begin to experience psychosis, or a break with reality, where thinking is affected along with mood. Many people in a manic state experience severe anxiety and are very irritable (to the point of rage), while others are euphoric and grandiose.
I’m not making excuses for Ashton nor am I casting stones at the judges as I know first hand exactly how difficult and unreasonable a person in a manic state can be. Those wanting to see some of the behind the scenes O’Dwyer missives to which we have been privy can click here to see the criminal complaint. It was the email that got him arrested that confirmed my long held suspicion that Ashton had problems with bipolar disorder:
Also convey to Judge Brown a reminder that I have been totally without money since the weekend of January 8, 9 and 10, and that I have been without my anti-depressant medication, for which I have sought leave to pay Walgreen’s from my most recent Social Security check, since last weekend. I could not sleep last night, which I attribute to the effects of abruptly stopping my medication on Sunday….
It continues to be our hope something positive emerges from this mess. While Ashton had a talent for giving people hell, I rather suspect his life has been a living hell.