Amanda Bynes has been all over the tabloids lately for her frequent hit and runs and more recently, her erratic and bizarre behavior. Jezebel actually provides a pretty thorough timeline of her downward spiral. Many have seen her talking and laughing with herself and with random objects. She recently locked herself in the change room of a store for hours, and also recently in a Starbucks by herself acting weird and stayed there until after it was closed and the doors were locked. They had to let her out and also call her a cab because her car was impounded on Sunday and she wasn’t with anyone at Starbucks to give her a ride home.

In addition to all of that, there’s more. Her neighbors have been complaining that her property is essentially looking like crap and bringing down the neighborhood. She has allegedly been neglecting caring for her place for a while now. Something else that stood out for me in Jezebel’s timeline was that back in March of 2010, she left the filming of Hall Pass with the excuse that there was a scheduling conflict. Those on set think there’s more to it. She had apparently been acting “paranoid and fearful” and the directors even decided to keep filming in between takes in case they would end up needing proof of it if they had to sue her.

Now although she has recently been photographed smoking something (likely pot) in her car, there is a possibility this could all be something other than drugs – schizophrenia.

Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia included auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. Schizophrenia is much more common than people think. I actually grew up with someone that was later diagnosed with the disorder when she got older. The peak ages of onset are 20–28 years for males and 26–32 years for females. Amanda Bynes is currently 26 years old.

Of course I don’t know the whole story and obviously I’m not a doctor either, but I just thought it should be considered as a possibility. Either way, she does need help and I hope she gets it soon. This whole situation feels like it’s heading in the “Britney Spears taken away in an ambulance” (followed by a conservatorship) situation much more than a “Lindsay Lohan in jail” (x 100) situation. I feel bad for her.

Thoughts on this whole Amanda Bynes situation?