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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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Jay    

I am starting to somewhat feel bad for Amanda. She never struck me as a fame whore type. She left acting because she didnt want to be in the spot light anymore. Maybe she is just nuts and smokes pot to help cope. As much as she is f*king up I dont get the evil Lindsay Lohan sociopathic b*tch vibe from her, I think Amanda is just troubled. She still needs to be locked the f*k up though.

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Christina     

Seems like a Bi Polar manic episode to me. Her family should get her help!

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213.

sherryk13    

Where are her parents?? Are they not in touch?? Really sad...

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214.

Rocky    

Always making excuses for white people. She doesn't have mental problems, she just doesn't give a ****.

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EricGee    

uhhh maybe because she was HIGH! JEEEZ!! let her be! -_- smh

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Jay    

As far as laughing at the gym or looking like she is talking to someone cant she just be using bluetooth?

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217.

knickfan212    

Guess she's running for Lindsey Lohan' spot!

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218.

JB    

She's right there - upper end - of the typical age when schizophrenia rears it's ugly head. It loves to strike late teens/early twenties and if using meth or something can almost cause it, or bring it out if it was simmering.

But it seems this girl is screaming for help. ARREST her LAPD. Damn, you'll get 6 guys to beat the brains out of a HURT NO ONE skateboarder, but the girls is gonna kill someone and you keep letting her walk. Come on

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Flopking99    

I feel awful for her. At the same age, I started developing schizophrenia and way behaving in a very similar manner. The "crazy" thing about it is that everything (images, voices, delusions) seem so real. The paranoia kicks in when you start to think that you are the only one who hears and sees these things and that disassociates you from the reality of the rest of the world. Realistically, she will probably lose most of her friends, support of her family and colleagues. There is a still a stigma associated with mental illness and while I don't think that the people who pull away are callous, they have a duty as friends and family educate themselves on the disease. It is exactly the same as cancer or heart disease...an illness of the physical body. It is not her choice to behave like this, but her brain is running on the wrong chemicals and it will not get better until she gets help and medicated. The good news is that there are many of us out there who have confronted the disease, treated it and are living completely normal and fulfilling lives. I hope the same for her.

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220.

San    

Where are her friends & family. Seriously....you don't hear a peep out of the girl for outrageous behavior, yet it doesn't send up red flags that suddenly she's in trouble and questionable behavior? Please, someone get this girl some help.....

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221.

spinner25    

Some of those "legal" weed$ (and excessive salvia abuse) have been known to cause behavior like this. Hopefully that's the root of her problem, that's much easier to solve.

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222.

tom    

Ummm.... maybe she's practicing some lines for a movie or sumin?

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223.

Flopking    

I feel awful for her. At the same age, I started developing schizophrenia and way behaving in a very similar manner. The "crazy" thing about it is that everything (images, voices, delusions) seem so real. The paranoia kicks in when you start to think that you are the only one who hears and sees these things and that disassociates you from the reality of the rest of the world. Realistically, she will probably lose most of her friends, support of her family and colleagues. There is a still a stigma associated with mental illness and while I don't think that the people who pull away are callous, they have a duty as friends and family educate themselves on the disease. It is exactly the same as cancer or heart disease...an illness of the physical body. It is not her choice to behave like this, but her brain is running on the wrong chemicals and it will not get better until she gets help and medicated. The good news is that there are many of us out there who have confronted the disease, treated it and are living completely normal and fulfilling lives. I hope the same for her.

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Nuthn Nice    

SHE'S PROBABLY SMOK'N SPICE AND INGESTING BATH SALTS! THAT **** MAKES PPL GO CRAZY! HOPEFULLY SHE TURNS HER LIFE AROUND! WHAT A SHAME!!!

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225.

wake up    

google MK Ultra

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