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Social Worker doubts Sandusky mental health defense will work

Jerry Sandusky. Photo courtesy of AP.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to defend himself in a child sex abuse trial by claiming he has histrionic personality disorder, but social worker Cindy Brumbaugh doubts that strategy will work.

“In my opinion, I don’t think it’s something that can be used as a mental health defense,” said Brumbaugh, MSW, LSW, who was interviewed in this article from CBS Pittsburgh.

A person with histrionic personality disorder is very emotional and attention seeking, Brumbaugh said. They believe the world revolves around them.

Brumbaugh works at Actions Counseling in Bellefonte, Pa., and has been counseling people with histrionic personality disorder for a decade.

Social workers play a key role in providing mental healthcare in the United States. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Mind and Spirit  website by clicking here.

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