Onlookers Guess About Amanda Bynes' Diagnosis
(April 18, 2014) Amanda Bynes is back in the headlines, or more specifically, statements by Amanda Bynes’ mother and her attorney are in the news.
"Amanda currently is on zero medication . . . . She's devoted to living her life as healthy as possible . . . . She's never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she's proud to say she's been marijuana-free for the past nine months . . . . Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it,” said her attorney Tamar Arminak (“Amanda Bynes doesn’t have schizophrenia, lawyer reveals,” April 9).
“Amanda has no mental illness whatsoever. She has never been diagnosed as schizophrenic or bipolar,” Bynes’ mother, Lynn, has also said. Instead, her mother attributes the unusual behavior that resulted in Bynes’ hospitalization to her daughter’s use of marijuana.
While mental health groups are all taking turns diagnosing Bynes or questioning whether the young star does in fact have a mental health diagnosis, we do know that Bynes has had several very public incidents involving unusual and sometimes dangerous behavior.
We know that Bynes has spent some time involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital. We know that Lynn Bynes petitioned for and was appointed as her daughter’s LPS Conservator, a mental health conservatorship.
We also know that the civil commitment laws in California allowed the Bynes family to help their daughter get the treatment that she needed, even if Amanda didn’t believe that she needed the help.
Even though we don’t know Amanda’s psychiatric diagnosis or her medication regime or lack thereof, we don’t need to know.
We respect Amanda Bynes’ privacy, and we support her and the Bynes’ family in her recovery.
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