(VitalNews.org) – Former actress Amanda Bynes has been placed in mandatory psychiatric care after being detained by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. Bynes, aged 37, had already been placed under psychiatric care in a mental health facility for several weeks in April, after walking through various streets in Los Angeles naked before asking a stranger for assistance, explaining that she had experienced a psychotic episode and needed to call 911 for help. This resulted in a three-week stay in a mental health facility before she discharged herself and enrolled in an outpatient program.
Unfortunately, Bynes’ mental health seems to have suffered in the time since that treatment. On Saturday, June 17th, police officers visited Bynes’ home while responding to the call of a woman in distress, reported to have been the star herself. Bynes was placed in handcuffs and escorted to a nearby police station for further evaluation. The evaluation resulted in the former actress being placed on a “5150” hold, which mandates a stay in a psychiatric facility or hospital for up to 72 hours.
Amanda Bynes began her career early in her youth, achieving fame with her eponymous Nickelodeon hit, “The Amanda Show” aged just 13. She went on to star in numerous television shows and movies, including the 2007 version of “Hairspray” in which she played Penny Pingleton, before retiring from her screen career in 2010.
The star has struggled with drug abuse and mental health issues throughout much of her life. She began using marijuana at the age of 16 and progressed to harder drugs such as ecstasy. During the filming of “Hairspray” in 2007, she pretended to have ADHD symptoms in order to get Adderall, a drug used to treat the condition, after reading that the drug helped to keep people thin. After quitting her acting career, her addictions deepened and her mental health declined. Her mother was granted conservatorship in 2013 after Bynes reportedly started a small fire at a private residence in California. The conservatorship came to an end in 2022 with her family and a judge happy that she had improved her health and was capable of independent living.
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