Amanda Bynes is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia ... ever since Amanda was taken into custody Monday night -- after she lit a fire on an elderly woman's driveway in Thousand Oaks, CA -- people close to Bynes are convinced she's suffering from mental illness, specifically schizophrenia. Amanda's parents will now ask a judge to put the 27-year-old in a conservatorship, a la Britney Spears, because they believe she is unable to care for herself and could be a danger to others.
Her tweets were often disturbing; in one she crudely relayed her amorous feelings for singer Drake.
In women, it tends to begin later and is a milder condition.
It usually begins in the teen years or young adulthood, but it may begin later in life.
Schizophrenia occurs in just as many men as in women.
Schizophrenia in children usually begins after age 5.
Childhood schizophrenia is rare and can be hard to tell apart from other developmental problems such as autism.
In-Depth Causes » Schizophrenia symptoms usually develop slowly over months or years.
Sometimes the person may have many symptoms, other times only a few.
People with schizophrenia may have trouble keeping friends and working.
They may also have problems with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Early symptoms may include: There are no medical tests to diagnose schizophrenia.