Geez, you have to feel sorry for Amanda Bynes these days. If you tune into her musings on Twitter, she seems to be in a lot of emotional turmoil lately.
The 26 year-old actress, who has been "working" in television since she was 7 and starred in her own Nickelodeon show for three years, has been pretty outspoken about her disdain for bloggers and tabloids. Aside from her request that "@drake...murder my vagina,” she has been talking about her struggles with healthy eating.
She indicated that she is pursuing legal action against "...certain blogs and magazines [for] saying I have a mental illness!...I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin." Instead of being concerned about her invasion of privacy, she is more concerned with being labeled as "crazy."
Poor girl. It would be helpful if a professional explained to her that an eating disorder is considered mental illness. There are three different eating disorders currently recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.
Bulimia Nervosa, which is a mental illness that involves binging on high calorie foods in a short amount of time and then purging that food somehow, is one ED. Purging behaviors include vomiting food after it is consumed, excessively exercising after eating or taking laxatives to name a few.
Anorexia Nervosa is another eating disorder. Symptoms of this mental illness include restricting caloric intake so much that there is a failure to maintain at least 85% of your appropriate body weight.
Lastly, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) includes all of the symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa without the purging. Therefore, people with this disorder binge on food, but don't use any elimination tactics to rid their bodies of the food.
While eating disorders definitely have a medical component, they are certainly listed among the 400+ disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition-Text Revision). Bynes doesn't go into detail about which eating disorder she has; however, it is clear that she is concerned about being seen as mentally ill. The irony here is that her Twitter rants make her look more psychotic than having an eating disorder does. By the way, eating disorders don't have anything to do with having a hard time "staying thin." The issues at the heart of eating disorders include control, an unattainable quest for perfection and a poor self image.
Amanda, sweetheart, don't worry about what others think of you. It's really none of your business. Just work on getting well. Anorexia has the highest rate of mortality of all of the psychiatric disorders (around 20%). This means that more people die from this psychiatric disorder than any other mental illness. Lastly, use an actual journal to journal your reactions to the media so that it really doesn't look like you have lost your mind.