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Amanda Bynes seems to be back on IG! But could recent posts hint that she's falling off the rails once more? We're on team #FreeAmanda.

Do these posts on IG and Twitter show Amanda Bynes’s breakdown?

Former child actor Amanda Bynes has officially returned to IG! This is a good thing, right? Bynes announced her return to the social media site not long ago on her Twitter page, shortly after graduating from college. However, while many assumed that the All That star was doing well after publicly suffering for nearly a decade from mental illness as well as addiction, that may not be the case for those who follow Amanda Bynes. 

First off, fans noticed that she’s back to having oddly colored hair – pink, in fact. While it’s certainly all good with us to express your creative freedom & choices of your own body, we all remember what Bynes went through the last time she colored her hair in a bold color. As well, it was recently announced, given her history of troubling behaviors, that her conservatorship, placed in 2013, has been renewed for another one & a half years. 

She was so, so close, but now we fear that #FreeAmanda will soon be the new #FreeBritney, but is she mentally OK enough to be free? Her IG suggests otherwise. Let’s dive into the history of Amanda Bynes and see where it might’ve all gone wrong. 

Just a kid

Amanda Bynes was born on April 3rd, 1986, in Thousand Oaks, California. Amanda Bynes, who made her presence known at the age of seven when she appeared in a Buncha Crunch candy commercial, really got her acting start on stage, appearing in shows such as Annie, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music

However, it was her role on the Nickelodeon kids comedy sketch show All That which really skyrocketed the young comedian’s fame, even helping land Bynes her very own sketch show on Nickelodeon, The Amanda Show. This program, which ran from 1999 to 2002, not only boosted Bynes’s net worth but also helped launch the careers of other young talents, such as Drake Bell & Josh Peck. 

After her legendary streak on Nickelodeon, Amanda Bynes found a way to turn her nice little TV career as a launching point to the big screen, starring in projects such as What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man with Channing Tatum, as well as Sydney White. She even had a supporting role in the popular 2007 film adaption of Broadway’s Hairspray, which also featured John Travolta, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, and Michelle Pfeiffer. 

Paradise grows dark

Amanda Bynes, who had seemingly been working non-stop her entire childhood, finally showed fans a few cracks in her armor, deciding that she needed a break from acting sometime in 2010. 

In 2012, Bynes was charged with a DUI in West Hollywood, receiving three years probation shortly after. Sadly for Bynes, the problems would continue to mount. 

In 2013, Amanda Bynes was charged with reckless endangerment when she threw a bong out of the thirty-sixth floor of her apartment building. The same year, she was detained for starting a small fire in her Thousand Oaks driveway, an act that landed the actress a three-day mental health evaluation in which her mother received a “temporary” conservatorship of her affairs. 

Amanda Bynes would go on to accuse her father via Twitter of years of emotional & sexual abuse in 2014, only to retract the claims shortly after, blaming the “microchip” in her brain that she claimed her father “put there”. Soon afterward, Bynes would be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, extending the conservatorship through 2020. 

Possible recovery

In 2018, Bynes let her fans know via IG & Twitter that she had been sober for close to four years, thanking the help of her parents. She offered a long apology, in which she reflected back on her time experimenting with drugs such as MDMA & cocaine, blaming the prescription drug ADHD as the cause of many of her mental instabilities.

Bynes, who keeps a relatively quiet life these days, checks in on social media from time to time to let fans know that she’s doing OK. She has received multiple voluntary treatments for her struggles regarding mental health but seems determined to finish college and keep her life on track. We do hope she gets better and doesn’t fall back on old habits. I guess we’ll just keep watching her close on her IG.

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