Amanda Bynes Is Getting Psychiatric Help... Involuntarily

The actress allegedly started a fire in California, where police have put her on mental lockdown

It wasn't long ago that Amanda Bynes was on top of the world, thanks to TV hits like The Amanda Show and What I Like About You, and roles in the films What a Girl Wants and Easy A. But then the actress dropped out of the spotlight -- until a few months ago, at least.

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, the very weird behavior began -- from calling everyone ugly to obsessing about her looks, Bynes' strange life off-screen began to be revealed via her Twitter account.

But now it appears that the actress' antics have gone too far, and she may finally be getting the help that she needs.

After leaving N.Y.C. and traveling to L.A., Bynes somehow ended up outside of a retirement community in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Sunday night. She was accused of being drunk and trespassing, reports TMZ, and was sent away by police. No one seems to know why she was there in the first place.

If that wasn't bad enough, the trouble continued last night when Bynes started a fire in the driveway of what appears to be a random home, also in Thousand Oaks. Police were called -- again -- and according to TMZ, the actress has now been placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, meaning they can keep her hospitalized for 72 hours of evaluation. Britney Spears was placed in similar protective custody back in 2008.

Bynes did grow up in the Thousand Oaks area, but it is still a mystery why she decided to return to the town over the last few days. Of course, the latest chapter in the star's downward spiral shouldn't come as much of a surprise when you notice that she hasn't tweeted in the past three days -- sadly, she was busy doing other things.

It's been a rough year for the actress, and it's been difficult to keep track of all the trouble she's gotten into lately. Here's an updated timeline of how she wound up on mental lockdown.

Date: April 4, 2013
Incident: Amanda Bynes admits she has an eating disorder ... on Twitter.
Details: Proving that Twitter can often be confused for a psychiatrist, Bynes tweets, "I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin." She later claims, "I'm suing certain blogs and magazines saying I have a mental illness! They take pictures anytime I've gained weight then write a fake story! They write a news article about every tweet I write and I hate the pictures they choose. They repeat what I tweet then add a bad photo. Only use photos from my twitter when writing an article about me."

Date: April 15, 2013
Incident: "I'm Sucking On A Sour Patch Kid Listening To Music Getting Ready For Tonight :D"
Details: Bynes posted this terrifying video to her Telly account showing her getting ready for a night out. When mocked for the upload by Complex magazine, Bynes lashes out, "I'm obsessed with myself on twitter. Also, my video last night was perfection."

Date: April 25, 2013
Incident: Amanda Bynes shaves half her head
Details: Sure, fashion is fashion, but we couldn't help but think of Britney Spears' 2007 meltdown when Bynes debuted her new, Cassie-inspired shaved haircut. "I buzzed half my head like @cassie! No more old photos! This is the new me! I love it!" she tweeted at the time.

Date: April 30, 2013
Incident: Amanda Bynes posts semi-nude pictures of herself
Details: Is this image showing a fat Amanda Bynes? No, but she seems to think so. "About to put on makeup! I weigh 135, I've gained weight! I need to be 100 lbs!" she tweets.

Date: May 1, 2013
Incident: She follows semi-nude pictures with actual nude pictures
Details: When something works once, why change it? Bynes posted an actual topless photo to her Twitter with the tagline, "Long hair don't care."

Date: May 1, 2013
Incident: Police go to Amanda Bynes' apartment ... maybe
Details: When publicist Jonathan Jaxson tweeted that he called the police to help Bynes (a claim that later proved to be false), the actress' former What I Like About You costar, Jenny McCarthy, expressed her concern. That prompted Bynes to lash out at McCarthy, tweeting, "I need help? What are u talking about? Aren't u 50 years old? I'm 27, u look 80 compared to me! Why are you talking about me? you're ugly! Police weren't at my house old lady! Shut the f**k up!" When McCarthy tweeted back, "Sorry girl. Looking out for ya," Bynes quickly changed her tune and said, "@JennyMcCarthy thanks! I'm sorry I offended you! You're beautiful! I was lying! I'll delete our tweets!" Also apparently being called "ugly" is the worst insult in Bynes' book.

Date: May 5, 2013
Incident: Amanda Bynes reveals she had a nose job
Details: Why does Bynes hate when magazines use old photos? Because, as it turns out, she once had a nose job. "I had a nose job to remove skin that was like a webbing in between my eyes," she wrote. "I wasn't going to tell anyone, but I look so much prettier in my new photos that I don't want old photos used anymore! I'm so sick of magazines and blogs using old photos! When will they stop? I will never look like that again!"

Date: May 22, 2013
Amanda Bynes lashes out over InTouch exclusive
Details: Bynes invited InTouch to do an exclusive story about her NYC apartment, but apparently didn't like what she saw. She went on another Twitter rant about the story, claiming "that ugly black man" (the photographer) altered the photos. Also, she threatened to sue the magazine, adding it to the long list of outlets she claims to be opening up lawsuits against. Okay.

Date: May 23, 2013
Incident: Amanda Bynes is arrested, and her shockingly short hair is revealed in her latest mug shot.
Details: When she reports to court the next day, she claims the bong was just "a vase."

Date: May 28, 2013
Incident: The actress goes on another Twitter rant.
Details: She claimed that the NYPD sexually assaulted her (which was later disproven) and says absolutely terrible things about Rihanna (which Bynes later denied doing).

Date: July 8, 2013
Incident: After spending the month of June obsessing about supposed plastic surgery she was getting and insulting more people, including Cher, on Twitter, the actress took it to a whole new level when she turned her attention to the First Family.
Details: She insulted the president and his wife, saying: "Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly." And then the spiral continued when she showed up to her latest court date in a blue wig. 

We just hope that now that Amanda has been hospitalized, she will finally get the help that she needs.

Rana Meyer is the Associate Entertainment Editor for iVillage. Find her on Google+.

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