Amanda Bynes Is Out Of Rehab And Looking At Colleges, What A Difference A Year Makes

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Amanda Bynes attending Teen Choice Awards August 2009Amanda Bynes has officially been released from her involuntary hospitalization, which is incredibly impressive considering where she was twelve months ago. This time last year, Amanda already had a few driving violations under her belt, had been exhibiting confusing behavior in New York City by locking herself inside various establishments, and had recently un-retired from Twitter and gotten an Instagram account. In short, she was just beginning her spiral into scary territory, but people were still comfortable calling her 'crazy' and 'a nut job', because it seemed like she was just being erratic.

Between then and now, things escalated quickly, with Amanda getting evicted from numerous apartments, being questioned on drug charges, and posting increasingly bizarre missives to her social media accounts. If you were paying attention, you had realized that something was very wrong, but an embarrassingly large faction of the media continued making fun of her as if nothing was going on. But then thankfully, before something really terrible could happen, one of her cries for help was finally successful, when she lit a fire in a Malibu driveway. Amanda was hospitalized under a 5150 order that later became a 5250 order and then was extended into a full conservatorship.

And that's how things have stood ever since, with Amanda undergoing involuntary treatment for the past five months, with absolutely zero interaction between herself and the media. But according to her family's lawyer, Tamar Arminak, Amanda has now finished her treatment and left the inpatient facility to continue her recovery with her parents:

"Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery. Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day."

And not only that, she's even able to look toward the future, with one goal being to continue her education:

"She's now looking at various colleges with the intention of majoring in fashion design. She's mentioned before she's interested in creating a clothing line."

That's so great to hear. What a difference a year makes, y'know? And I'm also glad to hear that now that Amanda has left the facility, she's still considering her recovery in progress:

"Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing. She's very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared."

So pleased to hear this. Congratulations, Amanda, that's a great accomplishment and an inspiration to everyone to take mental health issues seriously.

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