Amanda Bynes Declared Mentally Competent to Stand Trial for DUI Case/Reuters
Amanda Bynes Declared Mentally Competent to Stand Trial for DUI Case/Reuters

Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes has been declared mentally fit to stand trial in her DUI (driving under influence) case.

The judge looking into the case came to this decision after considering medical records produced by Bynes' doctors. After being formally diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Bynes was shifted to a specialty treatment facility in Malibu. Bynes' parents also released a statement about her health and the progress she was making.

"The Bynes family would also like to thank all of Amanda's supporters and well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Currently, upon recommendation by the skilled healthcare professionals at UCLA Medical Center, Amanda is receiving specialised treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles. Amanda is making great strides towards recovery. The entire Bynes family would like to ask that they be given some measure of privacy so they can focus on Amanda's health and well-being."

Bynes was placed in an involuntary psychiatric hold after she started a fire in Thousand Oaks, California, last month. Her mother, Lynn Bynes, is currently her temporary conservator.

Bynes was estranged with her parents for years and reportedly had problems with her mental health for some time now.

"Amanda has heard voices for years, and was concerned she was being spied on via smoke alarms, and clocks in her home. She would cover electronic items because Amanda believed that was the only way she wouldn't be spied on. It's extremely sad situation because Amanda just refuses to get help," a source told Radar Online.

The actress had been mired in a succession of messy controversies, starting with an arrest for criminal possession of marijuana; accusing the New York Police Department of sexual harassment; and culminating in Twitter wars with fellow celebrities.