Psychiatrist Analyzes Psychologist Testimonies in the Amber Heard vs J.Depp trial | Trauma Disorders

Posted on: June 27, 2022
Last Updated: November 25, 2023

Dr Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist analyzes the psychologist testimonies in the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp Trial.

The video covers the following:


  • The MMPI-2 is a 567 item, true/false self-report measure of a person’s psychological state. It has nine validity scales (or ‘lie’ scales), assessing for lying, defensiveness, faking good and faking bad and among others

Personality disorder definition

  • An enduring disturbance characterized by problems in the functioning of aspects of the self (e.g., identity, self-worth, the accuracy of self-view, self-direction), and/or interpersonal dysfunction (e.g., ability to develop and maintain close and mutually satisfying relationships, ability to understand others’ perspectives and to manage conflict in relationships).

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

1.Exposure to trauma

The person was exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury

• Direct exposure

• Witnessing the trauma

• Learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to a trauma

• Indirect exposure to aversive details of the trauma, usually in the course of professional duties (e.g., first responders, medics)

2.Intrusion and re-experiencing symptoms

3. Negative alterations in cognition and mood

4. Hyperarousal

5. Avoidance phenomenon

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – A Primer on Neurobiology and Management

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Diagnostic Interview

Complex PTSD

  • Complex PTSD occurs due to exposure to repeated or prolonged instances or multiple forms of interpersonal trauma, often occurring under circumstances where escape is not possible.
  • Complex PTSD consists of PTSD + Disturbances of self-organization (DSO). The domains of DSO defined in the ICD-11 include (Cloitre et al. 2018):
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Negative self-concept
  • Interpersonal difficulties

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD)- Impact of Childhood Trauma | Assessment and Management Principles

Trauma and BPD

  • Adults diagnosed with BPD have been shown to be three times more likely than adults with other psychiatric or personality disorders to have experienced childhood maltreatment.

Psychodynamic concepts

• Repetition compulsion

• Splitting

• Idealisation – denigration

• Parentification

• Unmet needs