Amanda Bynes is an American actress, comedian, and fashion designer who rose to fame in the early 2000s with her roles in popular TV shows and movies such as “All That,” “The Amanda Show,” “What a Girl Wants,” and “Hairspray.” However, in recent years, Bynes has been in the spotlight for her erratic behavior, legal troubles, and struggles with mental health.
The actress, who was in a conservatorship from August 2013 to March 2022, was seen walking naked and alone in Los Angeles on Sunday morning, March 19, reports aceshowbiz.com. Amanda approached a car and told the driver that she was coming down from a psychotic episode, according to TMZ.
The 36-year-old star, who has struggled with substance abuse and faced legal issues over the last decade, called 911 herself and was eventually taken to a nearby police station.
A mental health team subsequently determined that she needed to be placed on a 5150 psych hold. The 5150 hold is a legal process in California that allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily detain someone for up to 72 hours if they pose a danger to themselves or others due to a mental disorder. In Bynes’ case, the police reportedly placed her under the hold because they believed she was a danger to herself.
Bynes’ behavior leading up to the incident had been increasingly erratic. She had been involved in several legal disputes, including a DUI arrest, hit-and-run charges, and a bizarre incident in which she set fire to a driveway in her hometown of Thousand Oaks. She had also been active on Twitter, where she made several controversial statements and posted photos of herself that raised concerns about her mental health.
Since her release, Bynes has largely stayed out of the public eye. She has occasionally made headlines for her social media activity, including a tweet in 2020 in which she announced her engagement to a man named Paul Michael, only to delete the post shortly after. However, there have been no reports of any further incidents involving her mental health or legal issues.
Bynes’ struggles with mental health have shed light on the importance of early intervention and access to mental health services. Her case also highlights the need for more education and awareness around mental health issues, particularly in the entertainment industry, where high stress and pressure can often exacerbate existing mental health conditions.