Chris Brown suffering from PTSD and bipolar disorder

Feb 28, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. ET

After several years of aggressive and erratic behavior, new legal documents are providing insight into the life of Chris Brown, saying the singer suffers from PTSD and bipolar disorder.

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Multi-talented singer and dancer Chris Brown is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as well as bipolar disorder, according to documents obtained by E! News. The documents were written by officials at the rehab center where Brown has been seeking treatment. They provided insight into the young star's sordid past and what the future could hold for him.

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"Mr. Brown will also require close supervision by his treating physician in order to ensure his bipolar mental health condition remains stable," the letter states. "It is not uncommon for patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II to use substances to self-medicate their biomedical mood swings and trauma triggers. Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD."

All of this information was revealed during a court hearing today, in which Judge James R. Brandlin ordered Brown to stay in his residential rehab program despite a positive report from the probation department, according to E! News. "It is evident that (Brown) has responded well to the dual diagnosis treatment," the judge stated in the report.

Brown's dangerous and aggressive behavior first became public in early 2009, when he was involved in an incident with then-girlfriend Rihanna after a pre-Grammy party. Reports filed by the Los Angeles Police Department revealed that he had threatened to kill Rihanna and that Brown had choked Rihanna until she lost consciousness. Photos of the songstress surfaced in which she appeared to be beaten and bloodied, leading to public outcry.

After finding himself in hot water for a variety of instances ranging from a hit and run incident to a notorious bar brawl with Drake, Brown finally landed in jail after being arrested for felony assault. Charges were pressed in October 2013 when Brown punched another man in the face outside The W Hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer avoided doing hard time and was instead ordered an extended stay in rehab.

No details were given on the cause of Brown's alleged PTSD, but he has opened up about his abusive childhood in the past and claims he lost his virginity when he was just eight years old.

What do you think this dual diagnosis means? Is this the first step on Chris Brown's road to recovery?