Posted on | August 15, 2013 | 50 Comments
‘Troubled starlet’ Amanda Bynes, weeks before she got sent to the psych ward.
Last month, Amanda Bynes went crazy — no, wait, let me re-phrase that: Last month, it was recognized as an official fact by the state of California, that Amanda Bynes had been going crazy for a long time, and had finally reached her destination, Crazytown. Kookville. Nutsburg.
Her original 72-hour involuntary commitment was extended to 30 days, and the diagnosis is . . . Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Last week a California judge granted permission, at the request of doctors from the Hillman Psychiatric Center in Ventura County, to extend Amanda Bynes’s psychiatric hold for another 30 days. According to state law, such an order can only be approved if the patient is “gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder” or “is a danger to others, or him or herself.”
But a source very close to the 27-year-old former child star tells us her prognosis is not all doom and gloom.
“Amanda has made significant improvements, she is doing better than she was,” an insider told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “There are no drug problems involved, it’s all mental. She has deep anger and PTSD, which tripped a psychotic episode. … She is very ill, but manageable. Amanda genuinely wants to get better and has wanted to get better for some time.”
We’re told the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) stems in part from the pressures of her Hollywood career, in which she shot to Nickelodeon stardom as a child, before declaring that she was “retiring” a few years ago. Bynes also has very deep-seated conflict issues with her parents, with whom we’re told she’s not particularly close.
Uh, no, she doesn’t have Post-Traumatic Street Disorder, unless maybe she went to Iraq and watched her friends bleed to death after their Humvee got blown up by insurgents. And I’m pretty sure I don’t remember the “Amanda in Fallujah” episode on Nickelodeon.
Having your show-business career fizzle out in your mid-20s is kinda bad, but it’s not the kind of trauma that causes PTSD.
Maybe she had some stress, but trauma? I don’t think so.
Here’s my diagnosis: Special Snowflake Syndrome.
Since she was about 10 years old, Amanda’s life was nothing but success – All That, The Amanda Show, What I Like About You – and she got used to thinking she was special because, really, she was.
Then, without warning or explanation, it stopped cold. She hasn’t done anything since 2009 — a washed-up has-been at an age where most other young people are just beginning their careers.
During the dozen or so years when she was a little celebrity, however, she never acquired any useful life skills or had to deal with anything more difficult than saying her lines and hitting her marks in order to be treated like a Special Snowflake.
And the loss of that status, while perhaps probably was traumatic from her perspective, but it was a status that most people never enjoy, so she wasn’t really worse off than most other people and, at least financially, was a lot better off than 90-plus percent of everybody.
Some people are emotionally strong and some people are emotionally weak, and Amanda Bynes wasn’t one of the strong ones.
So, over the course of the past three years, bit by bit, step by step, Amanda Bynes gradually went crazy, and by the time her craziness started causing serious problems — in April 2012, she got her first DUI — there was apparently nobody around who had a serious interest in helping her cope with her various issues.
What does “conflict issues with her parents” mean? I don’t know, but the fact that she got so far off the rails with nobody to stop her tells you that there weren’t any grown-ups around Amanda Bynes who were doing anything to help her solve her problems.