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Amanda Bynes

Serious Mental Issues

9/15/2012 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0914_amanda_bynes_pollAmanda Bynes has much bigger problems than smoking pot and driving illegally ... there's evidence she has serious mental issues.

TMZ has spoken with a number of people who have had repeated contact with Bynes over the last few months, and the stories are consistent and disturbing.

Several people from her gym -- Equinox in West Hollywood - tell us, she has been showing increasingly alarming signs of delusional behavior.  One person says Amanda came to the gym Thursday looking dazed and began speaking with herself -- making comments and then answering back.

Another person says when Amanda was on the elliptical, she would stop suddenly and start "laughing hysterically for no reason."  She did this periodically throughout her workout.  This person says he's seen her dozens of times in the last few months, and says it's apparent her condition is "deteriorating."

Several of Amanda's neighbors echo the concern over Amanda's condition.  One tells us he observed her on several occasions having long conversations with inanimate objects.  Another person says people in her condo complex are aware of her condition and her conduct but haven't called her friends or relatives or authorities because they just don't want to get involved, given her profile.

Some of the people in the building have been upset over the last few weeks, because they believe the media is painting Amanda as a garden variety pothead and they say her problems are much deeper.

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196.

MC    

She needs treatment. I don't know where her parents are at in all of this, but obviously they're in denial.

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197.

zee    

Someone needs to forget for a moment that she's a celebrity and remember that she's a person and care enough about her to get her treatment. It sounds like schizophrenia. It doesn't make her weird or anything and with proper treatment, her symptoms can be managed.

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zee    

Someone needs to forget for a moment that she's a celebrity and remember that she's a person and care enough about her to get her treatment. It sounds like schizophrenia. It doesn't make her weird or anything and with proper treatment, her symptoms can be managed.

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annie2    

That's so sad. Just was watching "She's the Man" the other night. She's not the greatest actress in the world, but she was always funny and cute and just seemed so normal. This breaks my heart. I have never heard of her family (parents or siblings) so I wonder where they live or if she was only child. She just seems, in a word, ALONE in all of this. Even Lilo has her wacky Mom and sibs supporting her. Just sad on so many levels. I hope she gets help...and quickly before she hurts someone or herself. She will get the life sued out of her if she hurts someone...so someone really needs to step up to the plate quickly.

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solvent    

I can't even joke about this...I feel very sorry for her. Her friends have to step up and help her in some manner.

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EastCoastChopper    

There are TWO dangers (seriously) with marijuana... 1 - breathing in hot burning carbon is never good. 2. If you're pre-wired schizoid...Pot is a NONO! Other than that, it's a modern lixor of life!

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202.

jordii    

If everyone knows that she has a problem then why doesn't anyone help the poor kid. Why is everyone, including the police letting her walk away from the issue.

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Christine Tatum    

For decades, medical research has shown that marijuana use is strongly associated with the DEVELOPMENT of psychosis. People often assert it's mental illness someone is trying to medicate with weed. Actually, it can be just the opposite ... http://drthurstone.com/new-research-underscores-marijuanas-link-to-psychosis

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204.

EricGee    

uhhh maybe because shes HIGH! jeeeez! let her be!...SMH

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205.

Andy Bukstein    

TMZ is garbage

714 days ago
206.

Raymond    

More of these "fender bender" tales and I'm gonna develop serious mental issues myself.

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207.

roll3567    

Ok the girls got problems, but why does a pic of her eating a taco indicate mental issues?

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208.

Robert    

It's a shame to see such a cute girl in so much trouble. Someone needs to get this kid off the streets before she hurts herself or even worse kills someone else. She needs help. Sorry for her and her family.

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209.

who farted    

My cousin became bi-polar at this age. She had it always but self medicated and then got sober and the bi-polar came out big time with psychosis.

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choppy    

Isn't she the one that lost her dog and then said she found it dead but didn't explain?

(Goodness, I hope I didn't dream this or I'll soon be 5150d)

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