Amanda Bynes' Problem: PTSD
Or schizophrenia, depending which source you prefer
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, July 9, 2013 file photo, Amanda Bynes, accompanied by attorney Gerald Shargel, arrives for a court appearance in New York.   (AP Photo/Bethan McKernan, File)

(Newser) – If your money was on "Amanda Bynes is most definitely on drugs," at least one source says you're wrong. The insider tells Fox News that Bynes, who is currently on a psychiatric hold and under the temporary conservatorship of her mother, is actually suffering from "deep anger and PTSD, which tripped a psychotic episode." Though the actress is "very ill," the source says she's getting better. What caused the alleged post-traumatic stress disorder? The pressures of child stardom, apparently, as well as problems with her parents.

But "Amanda has made significant improvements, she is doing better than she was," the source says. "Amanda genuinely wants to get better and has wanted to get better for some time." That's causing her to be "easy to deal with at the moment," the source adds; Bynes herself agreed to remain at the California psychiatric facility where she is reportedly receiving "heavy anti-psychotic drugs." TMZ reports Bynes had a "breakthrough" in recent days, but it has her diagnosis down as schizophrenia. She reportedly started crying and showing emotion, which doctors view as a good thing for a schizophrenic.

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Parker Gabriel
Aug 13, 2013 3:58 AM CDT
"She's been found guilty of the crime of being insane, and she's drawn the ultimate penalty assignable for that crime: "DEATH!!!"
HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 13, 2013 12:11 AM CDT
She evidently did not have a very good support system. She stopped getting roles and self destructed. She tried a few Beiber stunts that did not go very well. Now no production company will take her on because her archetype is a dime a dozen. I'm sure her agent has shopped her out there and every casting agent said, "We don't do crazy after the Charlie Sheen affair."
YouAreSOSmart
Aug 12, 2013 6:20 PM CDT
Her biggest problem is a snarky press speculating on her medical condition.