Ever since Amanda Bynes’ downward spiral began, there has been a great deal of speculation about the reasoning behind her bizarre behavior. According to a Radar Online report dated Monday, September 30, Bynes has been officially diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder.
The diagnosis which her parents Rick and Lynn suspected was confirmed while Bynes was being treated at UCLA Medical Center, a source told Radar.
“Nevertheless, it was difficult to process for Amanda’s parents. The bright side is that Amanda can lead a long, normal life, as long as she takes her medication. Doctors at the treatment facility are still working to get Amanda therapeutic meds and she’s responding to the medications she is being given to treat her dual diagnosis. Currently, upon recommendation by the skilled healthcare professionals at UCLA Medical Center, Amanda is receiving specialized treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles. Amanda is making great strides towards recovery. The entire Bynes family would like to ask that they be given some measure of privacy so they can focus on Amanda’s health and well-being,” the statement read.
“The Bynes family would also like to thank all of Amanda’s supporters and well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the source added.
Bynes’ had been showing signs of a serious underlined condition for quite some time. In March 2012, Bynes’ legal troubles began, but they weren’t anything too out of the ordinary at the time. Then the hit and run incidents, the suspensions, and the probation followed. As Bynes’ problems continued to escalate and mount in the headlines, it was apparent that something more than simple rebellion was taking place.
She went on random rants on Twitter which didn’t make any sense, was seen mumbling to herself, and much of what she said and did was simply not something that someone in the right state of mind would do. She then began sporting different bright colored wigs and seriously altering her appearance to a point in which she was unrecognizable. Her Twitter was commonly the place she went to share the strange thoughts going through her head. She made her fascination with Drake well-known, and posted inappropriate tweets about him.
It was soon apparent that the star was deeply troubled and believed that everyone was “out to get her.”
After starting a small fire in a stranger’s driveway in a nearby neighborhood, her mother was granted a conservatorship.
With respect to the Bynes’ family, neither Radar nor would I reveal the name of facility where Bynes’ is currently being treated. However, we do know that there is hope for her and she is in good hands. They specialize in this dual diagnosis that Amanda is facing.
“Amanda is responding very well to her new doctors and treatment. It’s a much better fit for Amanda, and it doesn’t feel institutional, cold and stark,” the source revealed.
“UCLA just wasn’t the right fit for Amanda. She was turning into a zombie and was withdrawing into herself even more,” they continued.
According to Arminak, “The Bynes Probate conservatorship proceeding has been continued in part to December 17, 2013, for final determination and dismissal.”
In a once thriving acting career, Bynes was best known for being the host of ‘The Amanda Show,’ and her roles in various TV shows and movies, such as ‘What A Girl Wants.’ In what still seemed to be the peak of Bynes’ career, she announced that she was going to quit acting, because she no longer enjoyed it. After saying she was just taking time off, she went back to saying that she was retiring yet again. She then moved from LA to New York for a career in fashion. Sadly, Bynes’ mind was in turmoil, and the once respectable actress was constantly dominating the headlines for negative reasons.
Thankfully, Bynes’ has been officially diagnosed, and is being treated for it. Though it was difficult for her parents, friends and fans to come to terms with, it at least explains Bynes’ erratic behavior, and brings hope for her future.
Here’s to hoping that Amanda Bynes will not only be an overcomer, but that she will also one day be able to make a positive platform out of her struggles.