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Amanda: Knocks Down Schizophrenia Rumors
Long before Amanda Bynes was forcibly hospitalized last July for erratic behavior, rumors ran wild about what ailed the former child star.
“There has been much speculation about Amanda’s medical condition,” her attorney Tamar Arminak tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She asked me to dispel certain rumors. For the record, Amanda does not have schizophrenia, nor has she ever been diagnosed with it.”
The actress, 28, who Tweeted pics of herself on April 5 looking happy and healthy while sunning in a bikini on vacation with her parents in Los Cabos, Mexico, was widely reported to be suffering from the disease and bipolar disorder.
A Bynes family source adds that the actress is making strides in treatment. “She continues to undergo outpatient therapy several times a week,” the source says. “She’s still working through the causes of her past bizarre behavior.”
“Amanda currently is on zero medication,” Arminak reveals. “She’s devoted to living her life as healthy as possible. She’s never had a history of abusing alcohol or hard drugs, and she’s proud to say she’s been marijuana-free for the past nine months.”
After enrolling as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County, Calif., “Amanda is very happy studying fashion and she hopes to one day design her own line,” Arminak says.
Bynes will remain under her mother’s legal control until at least September and currently lives with her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, in L.A.
“Her family is closely involved with her day-to-day life but they try to give her as much autonomy as possible,” explains Arminak. “She’s doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student.”
Adds Bynes’s mother Lynn: “We’re so proud of how far Amanda has come.”
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Lynn Bynes: “Amanda Is Doing Extremely Well”
After a rough 2013 that ended in a months-long stay in various psychiatric treatment centers, Amanda Bynes is working on a fresh start.
After about three months of classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Bynes, 26, “is doing extremely well,” her mother, Lynn, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s making new friends and learning about the fashion industry.”
On March 21, Bynes, her mother and her father, Rick, attended a FIDM runway show event that showcases the work of upperclassmen.
“She acts like any other student – focused and friendly,” says a school source.
Estranged from her parents last year, the star is now often spotted spending time with her family.
Bynes will remain legally under her mother’s care until at least September. “She’s very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family she once shared,” her mother’s attorney Tamar Arminak told PEOPLE in December when Bynes was released.