Since her stint in rehab, rumors have plagued Amanda Bynes about what caused her erratic behavior. The former child star has decided to talk about the recent schizophrenia rumors. Bynes was forced into hospitalization last July. “There’s been much speculation about Amanda’s medical condition,” her attorney said. “She asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it.”
After her medical evaluation last year, many reports began to surface, stating that Bynes was on various medications. However, her lawyer claimed the actress has not been prescribed anything. “Amanda currently is on zero medication.” Tamar Arminak mentioned the star was now focused on living a healthier life. The star has not used marijuana in nine months, and has never abused alcohol or any other known drug.
After throwing a bong out of her apartment window in New York, Bynes was arrested. She was moved from a psychiatric hospital to a rehab facility in Malibu. Bynes finished the rest of her treatment at The Canyon. “She is getting specialized psych care, one on one treatment, not drug rehab,” her lawyer said about her stay.
In December, Bynes relocated to her parents’ house. She enrolled as a student at the Fashion Institute Design & Merchandising in Orange County. Once she graduates, the star is interested in creating her own fashion line. She will live with her family in Los Angeles until at least September. All of her legal and financial business will remain under the control of her mother, Lynn.
Reports say that Bynes’ breakdown was due to bipolar disorder, as well as, schizophrenia, but the actress insists the statements are only rumors. However, a source close to her family says the star is still working through her past issues. “She continues to undergo outpatient therapy several times a week.”
Last year, Bynes’ behavior took a surprised turn. She began to tweet strange and cruel messages on her Twitter account. She called several celebrities “ugly” including Rihanna and Drake. She started to post nearly nude photos, and even shaved her head. The last straw was when she lit fire to a stranger’s driveway.
The 28-year-old recently resurfaced during a vacation with her parents to Los Cabos, New Mexico. Bynes tweeted photos of herself in a bikini. She appeared to look healthy and happy. “Her family is closely involved with her day-to-day life, but they try to give her as much autonomy as possible,” her lawyer said. “She’s doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student.”
Bynes has been trying to keep her medical history private, but has since decided to talk about the schizophrenia rumors. She gave her lawyer, Arminak, permission to clear up the false statements. The starlet’s lawyer has said Bynes is happy to have reconnected with her family, and they have managed to strengthen the bond they once shared before her incident. Her mother, Lynn, also opened up about her progress, “We’re so proud of how far Amanda has come.”
By April Littleton