Amanda Bynes May Be Suffering From Bipolar Disorder, Says Expert

Wed, September 19, 2012 6:57am EST by 10 Comments
Amanda Bynes Bipolar Disorder

Amanda may be suffering from bipolar disorder and not even know it! has all the EXCLUSIVE details on why Amanda may need professional help.

Amanda Bynes has been acting out in ways that have many worried about her erratic behavior. Could she be suffering from a mental illness? Instead of ridiculing her, perhaps we should have compassion for this young actress who may be crying out for help.

Dr. Trevor Small, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Bridges To Recovery in Santa Monica tells exclusively, “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.”

“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,” said Dr. Small.

“Another symptom of bipolar disorder is lack of sleep. While in the manic phase, the individual can go through long periods of having no sleep at all. During this phase, the person often feels above the law, more aggressive and restless. A lack of sleep increases the risk of erratic behavior and acting impulsively,” said Dr. Small.

“Being in the public eye makes it even more difficult to admit you have a problem,” explains Dr. Small. “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.”

 Do you think Amanda Bynes needs medical attention? What do YOU think HollywoodLifers?

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Posted at 5:04 AM on May 28, 2013  

There’s different kinds of bipolar and everyone is different. Let’s hope she gets the medical help she needs.

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Posted at 2:39 PM on April 13, 2013  

Looks like an obvious case of mind control. Mind control victims begin to break their coding around 27. Look at Britney spears, Lindsay Logan… Multiple personalities is the compartmentalization of the brain. Behaviour like this is extremely common in MK victims. It’s worth researching! Nothing is what it seams!

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Posted at 1:34 AM on June 23, 2013  

And now we found the one person crazier than Amanda Bynes.

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Posted at 12:35 PM on October 10, 2012  

Diagnosis of bipolar disorder is difficult and must be done preferably by a psychiatrist who specialized in this disorder. If she is bipolar and does not get medical help, the episodes will only get worse over time.

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Emily Mulhall

Posted at 5:21 PM on September 22, 2012  

My mother suffers from bipolar disorder, and is currently in a state of mania. I completely believe the same is happening to Ms. Bynes and I hope she gets the help she needs. It’s very sad, but if she gets the right medication she can be back to “normal” in no time.

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Posted at 4:27 PM on September 19, 2012  

Drug abuse can induce hypomania. It happened to both Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. It’s a what came first, chicken or egg, argument. Did substance abuse lead to mental illness or did mental illness lead to substance abuse?

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Laura N.

Posted at 11:49 AM on September 19, 2012  

I have Bipolar disorder and i know a lot of ppl that have the same problems.. WE DON’T ACT THAT WAY!!! she desperate for attention Period!!!

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Posted at 8:42 PM on November 1, 2012  

Really? As a health care professional currently spending time observing patients admitted for mental illness, this looks to be very familiar when I compare her behavior to my patients.

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Michelle Fleisher (@SelfMadeWizard)

Posted at 11:36 AM on May 31, 2013  

This is not true for everyone. maybe you don’t have that as a symptom while in a manic stage..but it is part of the list of disorder according to the DSM.

Symptoms of Mania include:

Excessive happiness, hopefulness, and excitement
Sudden changes from being joyful to being irritable, angry, and hostile
Restlessness, increased energy, and less need for sleep
Rapid talk, talkativeness
Racing thoughts
High sex drive
Tendency to make grand and unattainable plans
Tendency to show poor judgment, such as impulsively deciding to quit a job
Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity — unrealistic beliefs in one’s ability, intelligence, and powers; may be delusional
Increased reckless behaviors (such as lavish spending sprees, impulsive sexual indiscretions, abuse of alcohol or drugs, or ill-advised business decisions)
Some people with bipolar disorder become psychotic, hearing things that aren’t there. They may hold onto false beliefs, and cannot be swayed from them. In some instances, they see themselves as having superhuman skills and powers — even consider themselves to be god-like.

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Posted at 10:58 AM on September 19, 2012  

I hope she gets the help she needs. She started acting out for no real reason so this definitely rings a bell.

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