Amanda Bynes Leaves Rehab, and Things Are Actually Looking Up for the Actress

The troubled actress has completed three months of inpatient rehabilitation, is living with her parents, and may attend college

It's been months since we've heard any updates on Amanda Bynes -- and thankfully, it seems that no news was good news. According to People, the 27-year-old actress has completed three months of rehab. She is now living at home with her parents and thinking about continuing her education.

"Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day," Bynes' lawyer said in a statement. "She's now looking at various colleges with the intention of majoring in fashion design. She's mentioned before she's interested in creating a clothing line."

Hey, Amanda has finally made a good choice for herself! College seems like a far more realistic and productive goal than launching a rap career, which is what Bynes claimed she was doing prior to her arrest and psychiatric hospitalization this summer. A college education would give her an opportunity to work on her career while still remaining under the conservatorship of her parents -- which seems to be working out well so far.

Bynes isn't out of the woods yet, though. Addiction is an ongoing battle, and her psychiatric conditions (which have not been made public, though schizophrenia is a common guess) will require committed treatment. Her lawyer confirmed as much in his statement.

"Despite the fact Amanda is no longer in a facility, her outpatient treatment is continuing," said her attorney. "She's very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared."

We hope this isn't too good to be true. Bynes claimed earlier this year that she was estranged from her parents, and she reportedly cut them out of her life sometime in 2012. Amanda initially protested the conservatorship in court. But rebuilding relationships with her family is one of the best things she can do for her own health and safety. Hopefully she's on the right track.

Here's what we'd like to see in the coming months. Even though Amanda will be under tremendous pressure to launch a comeback immediately, we'd like to see her take her time in treatment; making that commitment has made a huge difference for other celebrities in her situation. We'd like to see her grow up a little bit, at least to the point where she stops hurling middle-school insults (mostly "you're ugly") at everyone on Twitter. And speaking of Twitter, that account needs to be shut down immediately. Amanda Bynes' Twitter account was ground zero for her months-long public meltdown, and her followers are mostly people who tuned in to see the train wreck. She needs to start clean, and should probably be kept away from social media altogether for the forseeable future.

For now, we're just thankful to write a headline about Amanda Bynes that doesn't involve her crashing a car, getting arrested or setting things on fire.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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