Amanda Bynes has been in court again, this time to plea for probation without facing jail time. The actress who has made countless headlines in recent years for reckless driving and bizarre behavior has since been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia, and this week has escaped her jail sentence for a 2012 DUI offense.
Bynes has been in the spotlight since a very early age, starring in her own Nickelodeon series The Amanda Show as a young teenager. Since her rise to stardom on the silver screen as a part of the ensemble comedy show All That, Bynes has acted in several films including She’s the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and Easy A.
27-year-old actress Amanda Bynes’ most recent court sentence was dished out on Monday after her court plea, and slates the star for three years of probation, as well as mandatory attendance of alcohol education classes. In addition, Bynes must also pay a hefty fine to ensure that the DUI charge is fully dismissed. The DUI offense in question involved Bynes’ driving her BMW while under the influence of alcohol into the side of a police vehicle in California. This isn’t the only blemish on Bynes’ driving record, which also includes hit-and-run accidents, as well as charges for driving without a license. These motor vehicle violations, as well as several other bizarre behaviors have led to the actress spending time in a rehabilitation facility in Malibu, as well as her recent diagnosis of schizophrenia.
One of Bynes’ most alarming and questionable behaviors, which raised red flags concerning her mental health took place this past July, was when the actress started a fire in one of her neighbor’s driveway, only to flee the scene to a nearby liquor store to wash gasoline from her dog, who she was afraid had been singed in the fire. This incident, as well as several alarming events, including her slanderous social media presence and drastic changes to her physical appearance, have caught the attention of many and have raised questions about her mental health. Seeking solace and help for her mental state, Bynes spent four months in a mental rehabilitation facility in Florida, where doctors were able to diagnose the actress with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is often characterized by a marked change in personality and strange behaviors as well as delusions. Signs and symptoms of this mental disorder often appear in late childhood or early adulthood, and typically last for life. However, there are several treatment options available as well as medications available that help those suffering from schizophrenia live a productive and fulfilling life.
After spending four months in an inpatient rehab center for mental instability, Bynes is now living with her parents at their home in Thousand Oaks, California. Once fully recovered and mentally stable, Bynes, who is suffering from schizophrenia and recently escaped a jail sentence for a DUI charge, hopes to focus on more positive, productive ambitions, including going to college. In the months ahead Bynes hopes to attend a university close to home to learn more about the fashion industry, and eventually create her own line of clothing.
By Allison Longstreet