Amanda Bynes is receiving help for “ongoing mental health difficulties,” according to her lawyer.
The announcement comes a month after the former Nickelodeon star announced her engagement in a since-deleted Instagram post on Valentine’s Day.
Bynes has battled mental illness and addiction in the past. She celebrated 14 months of sobriety in an Instagram post earlier this month.
She captioned a snapshot of herself smiling next to a man, “Celebrating being sober for a year and two months!”
Amanda Bynes had a promising childhood and a promising future as a child star. Her odd behavior on Twitter, as well as her string of arrests, were all a cry for help for her mental illness. Bynes demonstrated to the world how, through the use of the internet, mental illness can spiral out of control, but that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel when you seek assistance.
Amanda Bynes was a child actor who began her career as a cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series at the age of ten. The Amanda Show, which was another sketch comedy series, was then broadcast on the same channel.
Her film career began in 2002 with the Nickelodeon films Big Fat Liar and What a Girl Wants. She was noted for being one of the few child stars of her day who did not succumb to drugs and alcohol in the same way that other children of her generation did.
When she starred in She’s the Man and Hairspray in 2006, things grew more difficult for Bynes. Despite the fact that these roles were beneficial to her career, she realized she was being typecast as the bubbly, hilarious, clumsy, eccentric preteen girl.
She admired actors like Lindsay Lohan for being able to transcend from childish Disney parts to more mature roles. She wants to push herself further by taking on more “shocking” parts. The only adult role she could get fell through.
Bynes’ odd behavior began when she was cast as a sultry babysitter in the gross-out comedy Hall Pass, but she would arrive on-site unprepared, paranoid, and terrified.
The Farrelly Brothers struggled to use any of Bynes’ film, so she left the set and claimed it was due to a “schedule difficulty.” While her replacement, Alexandria Daddario, was able to land three more jobs following Hall Pass, Bynes was having a hard time finding any after that. Bynes’s history of usage of Adderall, which she used to stay slim, could have been the cause of her unpredictable conduct. She chewed the tablets to get a stronger high, which made it difficult for her to concentrate and remember her lines.
After announcing her retirement from acting on Twitter in 2010, Bynes found herself with a lot of free time, which she spent abusing drugs including marijuana, molly, and ecstasy, watching television, and tweeting.
She was pulled over in March 2012 for talking on her phone and drove away before the police could issue her a ticket. Bynes was charged with DUI a month later after colliding with a car at 3 a.m. and refusing to take a breathalyzer test. Bynes was involved in seven-car accidents throughout that year.
The crazy, overactive internet use of Bynes surprised fans the most. She would make nasty jokes about rapper Drake and trash singer Rihanna while tweeting about Adolf Hitler and criticizing “ugly people.” On the internet, Bynes would be insulted and referred to as “mad.” She was jailed for throwing a bong out of an apartment window after locking herself in a cupcake business restroom in New York.
After lighting a fire on a stranger’s driveway and perhaps dousing her dog in gasoline, Bynes was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and placed under her parents’ guardianship. Bynes claimed her father verbally and physically abused her with her mother’s knowledge after the conservatorship ended and she spent six months in recovery. After Bynes’ mother refuted the tweet, Bynes refuted it as well.
Bynes revealed on Twitter a month later that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and manic depression. Drinking and using drugs, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, can cause depressive or manic moods in people with bipolar illness.
Her tweets were infrequent, with selfies and announcements of her upcoming fall semester at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. She had stopped tweeting by March 2015. For the past four years, Bynes has been drug-free. She told Paper Magazine that she recommends others to think twice about using drugs since they have the potential to wreck their lives.
Bynes is grateful she never tried “harmless” substances because they can lead to more severe narcotics like heroin or meth. She understood that her unpredictable conduct was the result of substance misuse, which made her feel like she wasn’t herself and contributed to her bipolar and manic depression co-occurring disorders.
Bynes’ mother was granted conservatorship of her daughter till 2020 in October 2014. Bynes wants to get back into acting and broaden her horizons by taking on a variety of roles and productions.
As Bynes continues on her road to recovery, things will only get better for her. Bynes is an example of fans who are ready to label someone “mad” for acting in a way that may be typical of the job she was in but does not rule out the possibility that there was an underlying basis for the conduct.
Bynes may now reflect back on her brilliant career, her frightening history with drugs that contributed to her erratic conduct and look forward to a new future full of hope for better things.
“Any reports that Amanda has a drug or alcohol addiction problem are entirely incorrect,” Esquibias says in a statement. “We beg for privacy during this time, and for any public and media speculation regarding Amanda’s personal life to stop so she may focus on getting healthy.”
Bynes had been residing in a sober living facility but had just gone into a treatment center for continued treatment of mental health difficulties, according to a person close to her.
Bynes previously checked into a treatment facility in January 2019 after experiencing difficulties following her return to the spotlight.
“Amanda is still in a mental health facility,” a friend of Bynes told PEOPLE after she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising last June. “She was able to receive a special occasion outing pass for a few hours so she could walk with the other students.” She did, however, leave a bit early and returned to the institution at the conclusion of the ceremony.”
Bynes, whose mother Lynn has been her conservator since 2014 following many legal run-ins, talked up about her mental health and drug difficulties in a November 2018 cover story with Paper.
Bynes celebrated 14 months of sobriety on Instagram earlier this month. She posted photographs of herself enjoying time with friends, “Celebrating being sober for a year and two months!”