Amanda Bynes Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

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Following months of speculation about Amanda Bynes‘ mental illness, a new report indicates that the star has both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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    It is very hard to definite her diagnosis,since a lot of her mood disturbances as well as psychotic features in her behavior could be caused by recreational drugs that she was abusing for a prolonged period of time. Schizoaffective disorder is not recognized as an independent form of mental disease by many psychiatry professionals.Observation and careful collection of patient data through multiple one-on-one interviews with a psychiatrist is essential to make the diagnosis definite.This could be done once the patient is removed from triggering factors (drugs or abusive family or classmates,etc) .It's hard to say that patient is suffering from both-schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,unless bipolar disorder was a primary diagnosis long before the current hospitalization and patient is exhibiting positive schizophrenic features during most recent hospitalization.Psychotic features during mood disturbances are very inconsistent and short and fade quickly once antipsychotics are added for a short period,this makes it different from a primary psychosis.
    No matter what's the diagnosis and it's not our role to debate about it,the important thing is that she is recovering,and she has loving parents that will provide the care she needs.

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    @ Rita Honners

    Schizoaffective Disorder is a recognized psychiatric disorder in the current DSM 5 (http://ccpweb.wustl.edu/pdfs/2013dsm_SR.pdf) as it was I the DSM IVTR and the DSM IV.

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    The diagnosis of mental illness is all subjective. One psychiatrist or therapist may interpret the client's behaviors and reported symptoms differently than another dr or therapist. It's really a guessing game sometimes and the DSM-IV TR is used to identify a diagnosis or diagnoses by eliminating and ruling out signs and symptoms. When the diagnosis is not clear, there are other diagnoses that describe these symptoms as well, just as Mabel and Kammi stated (you 2 are saying the same thing, just in diff ways). thanks, johnnie ward, MS, LPC

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    @ johnnie

    Well, Johnnie Ward, MS, LPC, you may be surprised to know that your profession no longer uses the DSM-IV TR because it has been replaced by the DSM-V. When you wrote your post, the DSM-V had been in use for months.

    This is about the most embarrassing post I have seen all year. Granted, it's only late February, but I shall screen-cap it for my own personal records. Proof we mustn't listen to anyone on the internet just because they have letters after their name. Cheers to you, Johnnie Ward, MS, LPC.

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    Yes you actually can have both disorders. Its called Schizoaffective disorder. This is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I agree with her parents when they ask for us to give them space. Its wonderful to know she is getting the treatment she needs and doing better. She is a beautiful and talented girl. She just needs the proper help to become stable again so she can function normally. I'm wishing her well and praying for her and her family.

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    Ya think??????

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    This is why I hate pop psychology. She can't have both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Those are actually mutually exclusive categories. If she is experiencing mood disturbance AND psychotic symptoms she either has Schizoaffective Disorder (a primarily psychotic disorder with mood symptoms) or Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features (a primarily mood disorder with psychotic symptoms). It can be difficult to tell the difference between these two diagnoses, so you'll see a lot of patients labeled "schizoaffective vs. bipolar" while they're trying to parse it out. Neither of these diagnoses are schizophrenia.

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    @ Mabel

    Totally agree with Mabel. I'm a psychiatry and a person can't be schizophrenic AND have Bipolar Disorder.

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    @ Elaine

    *psychiatrist. Prove you are one. If you can't spell or have proper grammar no one is going to believe you. Psychiatry is the pronoun used to describe the field of the study of the mind, therefore, one cannot be "psychiatry."

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    @ Hallee

    Psychiatry is a noun, not a pronoun. Look it up.

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    @ Elaine

    well. as a "psychiatry", you forgot to learn about schizoaffective disorder.

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    "The bright side here is that it is believed that Amanda can lead a long, healthy and normal life as long as she takes medication, according to insiders."

    Ha! Yeah, she'll take her med's. Look. I have probably 5 people minimum in my family who have schizophrenia and Bi polar (the schiz is caused by drugs, not a genetic thing.). This same thing was said of them. What happened? They either started abusing the med's or just didn't take them, because that's how Bipolar people are. They think, "I'm okay, I'm not crazy, I don't need these medications." and they stop taking them. Some people, of course, DO actually take the med's especially if they have someone watching them, and they are better. This is just my family, so I don't know about her. Just putting this out there. I wish her a good rest of her life, and I am happy that she is getting the appropriate medication.

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    @ Hailey

    My boss has schizophrenia. It actually can be hereditary. So yes, it can be a genetic thing. His father was diagnosed with it as well as sister.

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    @ Hailey

    Yeah I have schizophrenia,or possibly schizoaffective disorder.My psychiatrist has ruled at the very least its schizophrenia,but I have prominent mood swings sometimes(not to major,just irritability).I used some different types of drugs while I was in highschool(not very much.ectasy,schrooms,and marijuana),but I was also severely depressed at the time which attributed to my chemical inbalance.It happened to me when I was 19,and was hospitilized for 10 days,and was ruled as having pyschosis at the time due to marijuana usage.It eventually turned into something major as I was left without medication until 6 months later.I'm doing okay now,and having loving parents who will beckon my call when I need it,which is just about never,because I always have been independent.But long story short,if you are taking your meds you will improve.Believe it.

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    Wont pretend to be a doctor and diagnose Amanda, leaving that to professionals that don't post on the site. Hope she is doing well. So sad

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    @ Spare+me

    Seriously though. As if psychiatrists are going to take the time to chime in on an Internet blog to give their expertise. Us "know it alls" on the other hand, it's open season.

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    NO SUCH THING AS SCHIZ, BI-POLAR , AUTISM ...... THESE "DIAGNOSES " ARE NOT DONE BY SCIENTIFIC METHODS --- THEY'RE DONE BY SOME FUGLY WEIRDO - LIKE THE HASSNA SCUM BAG AT FORT HOOD - STARING AT U AND PROCLAIMING A VOO DOO FINDING !!!! GET REAL .... THE MODERN WORLD AIN'T AS MODERN AS YOU ONCE BELIEVED ..... THIS VOO DOO IS TODAY'S WITCH AND EXORCISM PRACTICE WITH THE SAME PSEUDO - LOGIC MUMBO JUMBO !!!!! DON'T GET SPOOKED ..... IT'S JUST THE NEXT TYPE OF CRIME TO SMASH !!1

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    @ JOY+++

    What the hell are you talking about!? Voo doo? The 2009 Fort Hood shooting? What do these have in common with one another?

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    No wonder she could do multiple roles in the Amanda show..

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    @ Coco

    Thats with D.I.D or another personality disorder.Schziophrenia isn't something to be taken lightly,but it doesn't mean you have multiple personalities.

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    @ Coco

    Was that a read? Because if it is, shame on you. You should have more compassion and empathy for people dealing with that kind of illness. You certainly wouldn't make light of her situation had she been diagnosed with a heart condition....so why make light of mental Illness with a thinly veiled swipe at her multiple acting rolls on her Tv show.

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    @ Coco

    Mmmm, no, that's just good acting.

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    @ Coco

    you need to do some research my friend.

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    @ Coco

    You're thinking of dissociative identity disorder...




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