For months, Amanda Bynes has exhibited erratic behavior. At 27, the actress now is under psychiatric hold, according to USA Today on July 26. Her parents’ court documents include concerns that she has become “extremely paranoid about being watched,” and suffers from “profound issues with her body image” and is “obsessed with the fact that she (and others) are ugly,” to the extent that she trashed her hotel room in an attempt to disable gadgets that she feared were watching her, reported TMZ on July 28. Now, in addition to her distorted body image issues that may have caused some of her eccentric acts, Amanda is alleged to have taken weight loss drugs that made her mental problems even worse, reported Channel 24 on July 26.
Amanda reportedly was taking Adderall to suppress her appetite, which could impact her emotional well-being and mental health. Previously diagnosed with an eating disorder, according to Channel 24, she “has been demanding that doctors give her Adderall,” which they will not do. Adderall is used to attention deficit disorder (ADD) but many women take it in the entertainment industry in attempts to stay thin. “The problem with someone like Amanda dealing with serious mental health issues, is that Adderall can make their condition worse. For Amanda, this has meant increased paranoia,” said a source.
Using Adderall as a weight loss drug has become so common that Dr. Mehmet Oz recently devoted one of his talk shows to the topic, entitled “Adderall and Abuse: The Dangerous Trend.” And he noted: “Stimulant use by women between the ages of 20-44 has increased by 264% over the past 10 years. Increased access to stimulants like Adderall can increase the potential for abuse or misuse.”
Amanda’s eating disorder became evident in her tweets, in particular her goal of 100 pounds, which at five feet, seven inches tall is underweight, according to Stanford University’s BMI calculator. Yet she repeatedly tweeted her distorted body image fears, posting “About to put on makeup! I weigh 135, I’ve gained weight! I need to be 100 lbs!” Subsequently, she weighed 114 pounds, which “gives Bynes a BMI of 17.3, which is clinically anorexic. BMIs of less than 19 are considered dangerously underweight; 17.5 is the number used as one indicator of anorexia nervosa,” according to KPopStarz.
Ironically, Amanda attempted to defend herself against rumors of mental illness by admitting her eating disorder, tweeting “I’m suing certain blogs and magazines saying I have a mental illness! They take pictures anytime I’ve gained weight then write a fake story! I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin.”