Amanda Bynes has been behaving erratically since she was charged with a DUI last spring, and she isn't showing any signs of getting better.
After several hit-and-run incidents, her license was suspended. Then, her car was impounded after she got into THREE accidents following her suspension. Now, her parents are moving back to El Lay to keep watch over their troubled daughter.
Everyone has been thinking it and now even a clinical psychologist can confirm that there is a definite possibility that the former child star is suffering from some kind of mental disorder!
Dr. Trevor Small, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Santa Monica's Bridges To Recovery, has suggested a bipolar diagnosis, saying:
“Typically when someone has never had any problems with the law, and all of a sudden has a string of legal issues, then this could very well be a sign that that individual is suffering from a mental health issue, such as bipolar disorder.”
It's scary because that describe's Mz. Bynes situation almost too perfectly and the possibility only becomes more convincing as he continues:
“A typical symptom of bipolar disorder is when someone starts to behave impulsively, for example driving your car even though you don’t have a driver’s license. A healthy individual would be able to recognize that this would not be a wise decision. When a person is impulsive, a sign of bipolar disorder, they do things without thinking like shaving their hair off or drastically changing their appearance. When someone starts to act erratically and inconsistently with how they used to be, this could also be a sign of bipolar disorder. For example, locking yourself in a fitting room for over two hours. This is not normal behavior. Often times, the person will try and self medicate by using drugs and/or alcohol.”
That certainly explains Bynes' DUI arrest and those photographs of her cruising around while smoking what looked like weed! He adds that "lack of sleep" is another symptom of the disorder, which results in "aggressive and restless" behavior, maybe even feeling "above the law."
No matter WHAT is going on with this girl, it's pretty obvious she needs help. Unfortunately, her celebrity status may only make the road to recovery longer, as Dr. Small explained:
"Being in the public eye makes it even more difficult to admit you have a problem. A celebrity may worry about the impact a mental health issue could have on their career and personal relationships. There is a stigma attached to bipolar disorder that makes it incredibly difficult to get help. But help IS out there. Once that person is willing to get help and see a medical doctor, they don’t have to suffer anymore.”
Keep in mind, this psychologist is only basing his opinion off of what he's heard about Bynes, so it's not accurate to assume that she does, in fact, suffer from bipolar disorder. That's a diagnosis a doctor can only give once a patient is examined.
Hopefully Amanda will seek treatment soon so she can find out whether or not she has any mental issues that need to be dealt with.
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