Amanda Bynes, the former child star and actress, has been placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold after she was found wandering naked near downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning, according to TMZ. The incident has raised concern among her family and friends, but it remains unclear whether her parents or legal team will intervene.
Eyewitnesses report that Bynes flagged down a car, telling the driver that she was coming down from a psychotic episode. Amanda herself then called 911. Law enforcement sources say that she was taken to a nearby police station where a mental health team determined she needed to be placed on a 5150 psych hold. Fortunately, it appears that Bynes was not hurt during the incident.
A source close to Amanda confirms that she is currently hospitalized and will likely continue to receive care for several days. Although a psychiatric hold typically lasts 72 hours, it can be extended if necessary. This incident comes almost a year to the day after Amanda’s nine-year conservatorship was officially terminated.
Bynes’ mother had been her conservator since 2013 when it became apparent that Amanda was struggling with her mental health. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and after a series of bizarre incidents – including one where she set her neighbor’s driveway on fire, nearly engulfing her dog in flames – she was sent to a psychiatric ward for treatment.
Since the conservatorship ended, Amanda appeared to be doing well for herself, living independently in her own house and taking cosmetology classes. However, Sunday’s episode has raised serious concerns about her well-being.
Despite the alarming nature of the incident, Amanda’s parents, Lynn and Rick, are not considering another conservatorship at this time. A source with direct knowledge tells TMZ that they are deeply concerned about their daughter’s health but believe that Sunday’s episode was an anomaly. They also find some solace in the fact that Amanda was self-aware enough to recognize she was in trouble, flagging down a car and calling 911 herself.
Amanda Bynes had been under a conservatorship for nearly a decade before it was terminated in 2022. This recent episode serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggles she faces with her mental health, and it is hoped that she receives the support and care she needs during this difficult time.