Amanda Bynes is in the news – again. But this time, much of the focus is on the possibility of a schizophrenia diagnosis. I mention this to Ben, and he says, “Hmmm. Interesting.” This story will not, I suspect, make a dent in Ben’s insight into his own illness – not now, at least. Patience is key when you love someone with schizophrenia – along with many other qualities.
But we follow the story, to see what the media does with it. I see Hollywood Gossip report she is on a “drug cocktail” and comment:
“I’m so glad to hear that Amanda is responding to medication (not “drugs”…these are medications to restore balance, not drugs to alter it)
. Yes, the big question is there: will she take the meds on her own? In my experience, probably not. Many medical reasons for that (see “anosognosia
“) but her parents should definitely go ahead with conservatorship
. It has been a huge help for us! I blogged about this at healthyplace.com
, website with great info and support. “
My blogs on conservatorship have gotten the attention of Marketplace
, a smart and fair show on
NPR that is business-oriented, and they have invited me to be part of a show (coming up this week) on the topic of conservatorship, with Amanda in the news and all.
This same issue came to light in when Britney Spears
‘ parents sought to help their child after bizarre behaviors in public brought attention to her possible mental illness as well. At that time, I was booked to appear on Dr. Drew’s HLN show, but got bumped by a Hurricane Irene story. This time, I hope I can be of some help on Marketplace, sharing the family view of how conservatorship can help.
I am Ben’s conservator, but it doesn’t mean I run his life, or control him. I am simply allowed to help him when he needs the help – and, yes, sometimes when he doesn’t know he needs that help. (when schizophrenia symptoms take hold.) It’s a safety net. And we need it.
Watch this blog for updates!