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Amanda Bynes diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Report: The troubled starlet is formally diagnosed.
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Denette Wilford, October 3, 2013 11:22:56 AM

It has been a troubling year and a half for Amanda Bynes, what with the DUI charge, the overall bad driving, her bizarre behaviour and weird, random “ugly” tweets. She has been mocked and slammed, but after a while, it was clear that something else was going on. These weren’t cries for attention or, what I had previously thought, a giant PR stunt. Something was affecting Amanda’s mental state and it was just a matter of whether or not she had any control over it.

Turns out, she didn’t. Because after months of speculation, Bynes has been formally diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The formal diagnosis was made while Amanda was being treated at the UCLA Medical Center.

She does indeed have schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,” a source told Radar Online. “It was what Amanda’s parents, Rick and Lynn, had suspected all along.

“Nevertheless, it was difficult to process for Amanda’s parents,” the insider added. “The bright side is that Amanda can lead a long, normal life, as long as she takes her medication. Doctors at the treatment facility are still working to get Amanda therapeutic meds and she’s responding to the medications she is being given to treat her dual diagnosis.”

Rick and Lynn released a statement about their daughter’s progress through their attorney.

“Currently, upon recommendation by the skilled healthcare professionals at UCLA Medical Center, Amanda is receiving specialized treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles. Amanda is making great strides towards recovery. The entire Bynes family would like to ask that they be given some measure of privacy so they can focus on Amanda’s health and well-being. The Bynes family would also like to thank all of Amanda’s supporters and well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Amanda has since been moved from UCLA to an unknown treatment facility in Malibu, which specializes in complex psychiatric issues and dual diagnosis.

“Amanda is responding very well to her new doctors and treatment. It’s a much better fit for Amanda, and it doesn’t feel institutional, cold and stark,” the source continued. “UCLA just wasn’t the right fit for Amanda. She was turning into a zombie and was withdrawing into herself even more.”

What’s better is the facility she is in now costs $60,000 a month, less than half of what the Byneses were shelling out to UCLA Medical Center (which reportedly ran the family $125K a month). I suppose money is no object at this point and getting Amanda better is the priority, but still, saving $65K each month is a nice bonus.

A family source insists, however, that money was “absolutely NOT the reason for the move. Amanda is worth $3 million…even if she was broke, her parents, Lynn and Rick, would mortgage their house, sell their cars, if that is what needed to be done to pay the medical bills.” Still, $3 mill isn’t a lot of money considering what may lie ahead.

The source explained: “She doesn’t have any health insurance through the Screen Actors Guild because she isn’t eligible as she hasn’t worked in several years. The good news is that Amanda is adapting very well to her new surroundings and treatment plan.”

According to the insider, “Amanda’s parents did extensive research and toured several facilities before she was moved. Her doctors at UCLA actually recommended the place Amanda was placed in. She meets with psychiatrists throughout the day, and it’s extremely intensive, personalized care that she is now getting.”

This all sounds promising, right? It was getting pretty scary there for a while but now that her mom and dad are looking after her best interests, Amanda may finally be on the road to recovery.

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