The mother of Amanda Bynes is insisting that the troubled actress is not mentally ill, just suffering from problems because of her marijuana use. Lynn Bynes told E! News, “Amanda has no mental illness whatsoever. She has never been diagnosed as schizophrenic or bipolar.”
Concurrently, Amanda Bynes’ lawyer, Tamat Arminak, said:
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.
Lynn Bynes said that her daughter’s bizarre behavior, which includes a 2012 DUI, allegedly throwing a bong out of a NYC building and tweets that sound strange, was the result of marijuana use. Her mother said Bynes “is very sorry for all the hurtful tweets, statements and actions that occurred while she was under the influence of marijuana.”
Amanda Bynes has denied using drugs in the past, tweeting, “I only smoke tobacco I don’t drink or do drugs. I’ve never had a bong in my life! I need to get another nose job after seeing my mugshot! :D” and asserting immediately afterward, “Believe everything I say on twitter!”
Bynes was hospitalized in May of 2013, and is now being watched by her parents.