Amanda Bynes in N.Y.C. Sporting Mysterious Bandage, Acting Paranoid

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Amanda Bynes was spotted in New York City on the heels of her recent DUI arrest. She was sporting a mysterious bandage on her face and was smoking a cigarette, as she strolled the city streets, dressed in peculiar layers of clothing.

People magazine reports that the former Nickelodeon sweetheart and star of shows like All That and The Amanda Show, was taken into custody last Sunday morning just outside of L.A. for suspicion of 'driving under the influence of a controlled substance.' Amanda Bynes is currently on three years' probation following a DUI arrest back in 2012 and for starting a fire in a neighbor's driveway in 2013.

The bizarre look--including the disheveled layered clothing and the mysterious bandage--no doubt reminds people of the strange get ups the former actress sported when she was exhibiting serious signs of mental illness. This likely leads many to hope that Amanda Bynes hasn't gone off any prescribed medications or started abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Any of these scenarios could lead to her spiraling down a dark hole.

TMZ refers to Amanda Bynes' present situation as 'dire.' They report that sources told them she appears paranoid--yet another sign of mental illness or drug abuse. She was reportedly seen 'talking to inanimate objects,' including a tree.

Is it time for Amanda Bynes' parents to head back to court and petition for yet another conservatorship over their daughter? It's likely what saved her from herself the last time she spiraled. This is a profoundly sad situation. Bynes had been doing well for several months. She even attended fashion school, but was recently kicked out just prior to the DUI arrest.

Do you think there's a chance the Amanda simply slipped up once and is merely visiting New York on a whim? Or do you think there's something far more serious going on?

The reality doesn't sound particularly positive--does it?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.