Amanda Bynes' request to be released from a forced psychiatric hold has been denied. Doctors reportedly say Amanda is being treated for schizophrenia and they will have a formal diagnosis within the next few days. Troublingly, an insider told RadarOnline that reports that Amanda was responding well to medication were premature. Says the source:
Reports that said she was responding well to the psychiatric drugs that were being given to her are wrong. It can take months, or even years to get someone like Amanda to find the right drug combination and then get her therapeutic. The good news is that schizophrenia is treatable. It’s a very serious diagnosis, but Amanda can live a long and healthy life, as long as she takes her prescribed medications. She can function in society and still work.
I don't think anyone who witnessed even partially Amanda's long, slow and very public decline, which seemed to start innocently enough with a ticket for driving while talking with a cellphone in 2012, could doubt that something was very wrong with Amanda.
Amanda certainly wouldn't be the first celebrity to have a psychiatric illness come to light while still being famous -- but she's probably done it the most publicly thanks to Twitter, where she shared all of her often-nonsensical and insulting Drake and surgery-obsessed thoughts with millions. Her disturbing selfies on Instagram became so iconic that actress Ashley Benson imitated them, and then apologized when she realized how insensitive it was.
I think of someone like Gone with the Wind star Vivien Leigh, who had mental issues for years, but the public wasn't aware of it at all. That kind of privacy seems to be gone forever -- especially if the celebrity has a Twitter account.
I don't think anyone thought that it wouldn't be a matter of time before Amanda put herself or someone else in harm's way -- and that finally happened when she was caught starting a fire in a random woman's driveway. But that act was enough to get her some help.
It's actually difficult to keep a patient under forced hold for very long, so Amanda's condition must be serious. I admit there were times I didn't know if she was just acting out for attention. Celebrities tend to do so many strange things that her behavior was not THAT out of the norm. Until the fire.
I hope that she is able to stabilize her condition and re-enter society as a healthy young woman. I also hope she stays off Twitter. If she does get well, it will probably be disconcerting for her to read back over all of those tweets.
Did you think Amanda's condition was this serious?
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