Amanda Bynes not schizophrenic, says lawyer
Former child star Amanda Bynes said through her attorney Wednesday that her bizarre behavior last year was not, as rumored, the result of schizophrenia.
"There has been much speculation about Amanda's medical condition," attorney Tamar Arminak told People magazine. "She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private." He added that the actress "asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it."
He said Bynes, who turned 28 last week, "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."
The attorney did not disclose what caused the behavior -- including run-ins with police and setting a small fire in a stranger's driveway -- that led to four months of inpatient rehabilitation following a July 22 involuntary psychiatric commitment in California. Bynes currently lives with her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, in Los Angeles and remains under her mother's conservatorship. "We're so proud of how far Amanda has come," Lynn Bynes told People Wednesday.
Bynes, who has enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Irvine, Calif., "is very happy studying fashion and she hopes to one day design her own line," Arminak said.