This week Amanda Bynes was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility after setting a fire in some random stranger's driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. Thank goodness she didn't manage to light herself, her dog, or anyone else on fire, but going around and starting fires is never a sign of good mental health, especially following so many months of bizarre, puzzling, and often downright bordering on dangerous behavior. Now Amanda's parents are seeking an involuntary conservatorship, which would put them in charge of her finances and mental health care. Some disturbing details have emerged from court documents about Amanda.
According to TMZ, who somehow got a hold of the conservatorship bid court records, Amanda's parents point out that:
- The fire in California proves that Amanda is in danger of physically harming herself.
- Amanda is not capable of taking care of her own finances, and they point out that over a million dollars disappeared from her bank account.
- Amanda has "profound issues with her body image" and is "obsessed with the fact that she (and others) are ugly." (Oh yes, we all know that!)
- She spends "a substantial amount" for marijuana and other illegal substances.
- She is detached from reality, for example saying that she "cabbed it" from New York to Los Angeles. (Maybe this is where her money went. Bad joke.)
- Her parents believe she is homeless despite owning two properties. She was forced out from numerous other properties due to her erratic behavior.
- She is "extremely paranoid about being watched," and she covers smoke alarms with towels and tapes windows shut to prevent cameras from taking pictures of her (which isn't an entirely unreasonable worry, given the paparazzi!).
- Her parents say they will provide round-the-clock care for Amanda in their home but not seek treatment for her because she does not believe she needs care. (Good luck with that one, parents!)
Doctors reportedly think Amanda "has schizophrenic tendencies" and are holding her for another two weeks for further evaluation. TMZ reports that she has long stretches where she appears normal, but then has disturbing signs of mental illness, including berating and insulting her psych ward roommate and accusing her parents of trying to kill her.
This is a very serious situation and it wasn't going to be long before Amanda's behavior got into dangerous territory. I really feel for what her parents are going through. And Amanda herself. But at least she has some chance now of getting help.
Do you think Amanda is schizophrenic?
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