Phoenix Might Be Losing His Mind: Shrink

Whatever is happening 'isn't funny,' says doc
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2009 4:46 AM CST
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Joaquin Phoenix attend a special screening of 'Two Lovers' hosted by The Cinema Society at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – A Chicago psychiatrist has offered yet another theory for the recent odd behavior of actor Joaquin Phoenix: he might be losing his mind. While bloggers speculate that the zombie-like Phoenix is either hooked on drugs or spoofing his fans with a zoned-out tumble into a laughable rap music career, Dr. Paul Dobransky notes that Phoenix is exhibiting a lack of emotion and the vocal tics of schizophrenia, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"There is something wrong. And it's beyond drug abuse," said Dobransky. "Whatever is it, it's not funny."