Things have been looking up for Amanda Bynes ever since she was discharged from a hospital after being forcibly committed back in July. She's enrolled in design school, is under the care of her parents, and has posted a couple of pictures of herself looking happy and healthy. But exactly why Amanda was hospitalized after months of erratic behavior is still a mystery, though rumors said she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now Amanda is speaking out about what really happened.
Amanda's lawyer, Tamar Arminak, told People magazine:
There has been much speculation about Amanda's medical condition. She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private. However, she asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it.
Hmmm. Interesting. People are not normally committed to psychiatric facilities -- especially for such a long period of time -- without a diagnosis of something. Perhaps it was some other condition, such as bipolar disorder. Or maybe none of us should speculate and just let Amanda get better -- and let us know when and if she feels like it.
The lawyer also goes on to say that Amanda is on "no medication," which makes me think there was no official diagnosis. Surely someone with bipolar disorder would be on medication. Additionally, he adds that Amanda has "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."
It's great that she's now marijuana-free -- but if she never abused alcohol or hard drugs, would that mean pot was her only drug? And could THAT have been the source of her behavior? Mysteriously, a source tells People:
She's still working through the causes of her past bizarre behavior.
Could that mean she genuinely doesn't know the cause of it? Infections can also trigger psychotic episodes, but if it was that, wouldn't she have said?
Anyway, I will stop speculating now. The important thing is that Amanda is doing well, busy "bonding with her family" and focused on her studies.
Have you ever known someone to exhibit bizarre behavior but not have a medical condition?
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