As a child actor, Amanda Bynes showed great promise for being a star. But is schizophrenia to blame for the actresses’ spiraling downfall?
Thursday, a Ventura Judge ordered Amanda to spend an additional 14 days in psychiatric hold (5051). The determination is that 27-year old Bynes is still a danger to society, but mostly to herself.
On Monday, the starlet was brought in to a psychiatric facility for a 72-hour assessment. Apparently, the judge felt more tests were necessary in determining her mental condition.
Just as what happened in 2008 with Britney Spears, whose parents gained a conservatorship to their daughter and her finances, Rick and Lynne Byrnes headed to court on Friday. The judge denied their request for the 5051 hold until he can speak to Amanda’s doctors and attorneys regarding her assessment. However, mother Lynne has been granted temporary control over her daughter’s estate until the end of September.
Amanda began her acting career at the age of seven. In 1999, her rise to fame began when Nickelodeon starred her in the Amanda Bynes Show. 2012 is when Bynes’ career, figuratively speaking, slammed into a brick wall the day she was arrested on DUI charges. And for the past year, Bynes has been sharing her spiraling, schizophrenic downfall with the world.
Schizophrenia is a mental disease normally appearing in early adulthood, but can happen to a person at anytime. The brain disorder causes delusions, psychosis and bizarre behavior just to name a few symptoms many of which the starlet is portraying.
On Twitter, Amanda tweeted about having difficulty staying thin because of an eating disorder. After being arrested April 2012 for DUI, the girl also tweeted President Obama texting that she did not drink and to fire the cops that arrested her.
In May 2012, police were called to the hotel where she was staying. Hotel staff members reported a strong smell of marijuana coming from her room. When the police arrived, Amanda tossed a large-sized bong out her 36-story window. Again, she was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment.
Being charged with a felony, she retaliated by attempting to sue the NYPD for sexual harassment in the arrest incident. Due to lack of evidence, all charges were dropped.
Amanda again drew attention while wearing a neon-colored blue, longhaired wig to the felony proceedings. Who is this girl? Certainly not the Nickelodeon star fans grew to love.
This week Amanda was apprehended after starting a fire in the driveway of a home located in her parent’s neighborhood. After accidentally drenching her Pomeranian with gasoline used in the incident, video cameras show Bynes rushing into a liquor store to wash the flammable liquid off her pooch. Instead of an arrest, Bynes was put in 5051 lockdown for her own protection and the protection of others.
A big supporter of Amanda Bynes is reality star Kim Kardashian. On her mother’s chat show, Kris Jenner told the audience that Kim has this obsession with the fallen starlet and is hopeful that this treatment will get Amanda well and back on track.
Schizophrenia is a disabling condition and its spiraling effect may possibly be the cause in Amanda Byne’s dramatic change over the past several years.
Written by Lisa Graziano