Amanda Bynes’ parents are reportedly concerned she could be suffering from schizophrenia.
The actress has hit headlines with her erratic behaviour, sparking fears for her mental health.
As well as landing in trouble with the law after being caught driving with a suspended licence in September last year, the 27-year-old star recently got arrested after allegedly throwing a bong out of a window.
Bynes has also shaved off her hair and posted bizarre photos and messages online.
The star’s parents Rick and Lynn are now apparently concerned their troubled daughter could be suffering from schizophrenia, reports Radar Online.
“Amanda has heard voices for years, and was concerned she was being spied on via smoke alarms, and clocks in her home. She would cover electronic items because Amanda believed that was the only way she wouldn’t be spied on. It’s extremely sad situation because Amanda just refuses to get help,” a source told the US site.
Bynes’ parents reportedly recently consulted with lawyers in the hope of putting a conservatorship in place.
However, insiders say the pair are unlikely to succeed, despite their daughter’s worrying behaviour.
“Rick and Lynn have met with several lawyers that handle conservatorships in the past month, because they want to get a conservatorship of their daughter. They have been advised that even as disturbing as Amanda’s behaviour is, it’s very unlikely that a judge would sign off on a temporary conservatorship,” the source explained.
“Conservatorships are very hard to get, and being mentally ill and addicted to drugs isn’t enough. Amanda hasn’t ever been to rehab or ever agreed to see a mental health professional. Her parents are absolutely powerless to do anything at this point.”
Bynes aired her feelings towards her parents very publicly over the weekend, slamming their actions on her Twitter page.
“Also, never trust or listen to a word any person from my family says to the press. I am suing them for money laundering/unethical manager work, I never signed a contract with them, and they had been stealing my money without me knowing, claiming they were managing me somehow when they have no right to act as if they did anything to help or enhance my career and I want $ back that I earned on my own. I’m 27 and don’t like when press talks to my parents. My parents are almost 70 years old. We are no longer on speaking terms. I would rather them be homeless than live off of my money (sic),” she wrote.
Most recently, Bynes has publicly accused a New York City police officer of sexual harassment and sparked fresh controversy after calling a paparazzo an “ugly black man”.
She has also got into Twitter feuds with stars including Courtney Love and Rihanna.