Amanda Bynes: Is Her Mental State Improving?

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Amanda Bynes is living on her own for the first time in quite a while, which is a strong indication that her mental state is improving. The conservatorship over the All That and The Amanda Show star was extended by a judge in Ventura County last week, which means her parents are still in charge of both her money and her medical care, but that doesn't mean there aren't some clear signs of improvement.

Another plus for Amanda Bynes is the dropping of a DUI case from last September. She faced charges for violating parole with this charge. The dismissal means there is one less hurdle in her way to recovery.

"Amanda is doing well,” her lawyer, David Esquibias told People magazine.

“Amanda is doing much better from where she was months ago,” another source tells People. “She has her own apartment and is much happier. She and her parents are getting along and Amanda is clear-headed, more focused and has more independence.

In addition to Amanda Bynes, her parents must be thrilled about the improvements she is making. They took the brunt of her abuse, being called out by the actress on Twitter for ruining her life. She even accused her father of sexual abuse, and threatened to kill him.

Mental illness is no laughing matter, and sadly, many have laughed in the face of what Amanda Bynes has experienced. Hopefully she will continue her upward climb--doing well living on her own, and getting along with her parents.

Do you expect Amanda Bynes will ever return to acting or has she done too much damage to ever go the Hollywood route again?

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.