Amanda Bynes seemed to be back on a healthy path until she was arrested for a DUI on Sept. 28. Was the incident a cry for help from her family?
Amanda Bynes, 28, was arrested at 4:10 a.m. on Sept. 28 after the California Highway Patrol allegedly determined she was driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Now, an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Amanda and her family are “in denial over the severity of her ongoing problems.”
Amanda Bynes: Is Her Family In Denial Over Her Ongoing Problems?
Amanda was hospitalized and placed on a 5150 hold back in July 2013 — that’s an involuntary psychiatric hold where a person is held for 72 hours. Since then, Amanda has reportedly been living with her parents Rick Bynes and Lynn Organ — but are her alleged mental health issues still a problem? Sadly, a source tells us that those who love Amanda haven’t accepted what is really going on.
“Denial, denial, denial. Not only is Amanda in denial over the severity of her ongoing problems, but so is her family. It’s not a shock that she was picked up by the cops … again. It was only a matter of time. There’s this shame attached to mental illness, so unfortunately it’s not treated and it only gets worse. If Amanda was a diabetic, wouldn’t she be given the proper treatment? Of course she would,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Hearing this makes us so sad. While only Amanda, her doctor and her family know what’s really going on right now (as it should be), we truly hope Amanda can get any help she needs.
“Her condition can be treated, but not when she herself is in denial and her family is in denial,” the source says. “It’s tragic. If left untreated, Amanda will end up with one of the following scenarios: In jail, in a mental ward or dead.”
Amanda Bynes: Has Her Alleged Mental Illness From 2013 Been Untreated?
On July 22, 2013, Amanda was hospitalized and placed on a 5150 hold after police found her sitting next to a small fire she had started in a driveway of a home in her parent’s neighborhood.
After spending time at UCLA’s Medical Center, she was transferred to receive “specialized treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles”. In total, she reportedly received six months of treatment before being released to her parent’s care in December 2013.
In April 2014, the actress’ lawyer, Tamar Arminak, released this statement about Amanda’s health:
“There has been much speculation about Amanda’s medical condition. She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private. However, she asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it. Amanda currently is on zero medication. She’s devoted to living her life as healthy as possible. She’s never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she’s proud to say she’s been marijuana-free for the past nine months.”
Amanda has an upcoming court date on October 23. Whatever assistance she needs, we hope she gets it. Our thoughts are with Amanda and her family during this challenging time.
–Reporting by Sandra Clark