Amanda Bynes' Problem: PTSD

Or schizophrenia, depending which source you prefer

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 12, 2013 9:35 AM CDT

(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.

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)
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