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Amanda Bynes stepped out with her parents in what marked the first sighting of the actress in months yesterday, following the star's release from rehab.

After more than four months of in-patient treatment, first at UCLA Medical Center and then at a Malibu rehab facility, Amanda is finally a free woman.

She's going to be keeping a low profile, though, living with her mom and dad in California. This dog walk video is about as exciting as you can expect:

That's undoubtedly a good thing. Amanda Bynes' family attorney says she is "feeling better every day" and that progress was evident Thursday.

Strolling through Thousand Oaks, Calif., alongside her parents Rick and Lynn Bynes with two family dogs in tow, Amanda just looked ... normal.

The recovering actress was casually clad in skinny jeans, Vans high-tops, sunglasses, a baseball cap and a white sweatshirt that said "Gang$ta Love."

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There's nothing like home for the holidays, and for one troubled actress, after the events of the past year, it's been a long and difficult time coming.

Amanda Bynes has finished her inpatient treatment and is currently recovering at her parents' Los Angeles home, her mother's attorney confirms.

"Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery," says Tamar Arminak.

"Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day."

The 27-year-old had been forcibly hospitalized and held involuntarily at UCLA Medical Center following a bizarre driveway-burning incident in July.

She was eventually moved to a Malibu rehab facility, but had not been free until recently, meaning she spent nearly half of this year receiving treatment.

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Amanda Bynes has been deemed competent to stand trial for DUI.

A judge reviewed the court-ordered medical evaluation of the star, and found she is capable of understanding the nature of the criminal charges she faces.

As such, the criminal case against her, which was put on hold given her mental illness, proceeds after Bynes' attorney did not object to the findings.

This marks a reversal from previous evaluations (above) that questioned the troubled 27-year-old's ability to stand trial for any criminal offense.

All in all, the finding has little or no implications on the actress.

The ruling will have no impact on her conservatorship, because understanding the nature of legal issues and being able to care for herself are different things.

She may be released into her mother's care by the holidays.

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The long-troubled and hospitalized star Amanda Bynes will be back home in her own bed by Christmas if all goes according to plan, a new report indicates.

The 27-year-old's medications and psychological counseling have sufficiently stabilized her so her doctors will let her leave the Malibu rehab facility.

She's been held there, involuntarily, since September.

Prior to the Malibu location, Amanda was at the UCLA psychiatric ward, where she felt that the conditions were actually preventing her from improving.

Doctors will release Amanda to the care of her mom, Lynn, who will then take her to the family house in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and provide supervision.

The move will take place sometime next month.

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Amanda Bynes' mother, Lynn, is speaking out for the first time about the troubled actress' mental health hospitalization and the many rumors surrounding her.

Lynn says that she has never once provided information on Amanda's treatment, and until she does, don't assume anything you read to be the truth.

"I would like everyone out there to know that almost 99 percent of the things written about my daughter in various media outlets are false or misleading."

"Please know that neither myself or other family members have ever released any information regarding her treatment or diagnosis," she added.

"Unless it's a statement issued by our family attorney, Tamar Arminak, please take everything you read about Amanda Bynes with a grain of salt."

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Following months of speculation about Amanda Bynes‘ mental illness, a new report indicates that the star has both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The formal diagnosis was made while Amanda was still being treated at UCLA Medical Center, which she recently left for a rehab center in Malibu.

“It was difficult to process for her  parents," a source said, despite the fact that Amanda Bynes' mental illness was what they both expected.

The bright side here is that it is believed that Amanda can lead a long, healthy and normal life as long as she takes medication, according to insiders.

Doctors at the treatment facility "are still working to get her therapeutic meds and she’s responding to medication she is being given to treat her diagnosis.”

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The decision to move Amanda Bynes from the psychiatric ward of a major hospital to a ritzy rehab center was made for her own good, her parents say.

Rick and Lynn Bynes commented on a previous report about their daughter shifting locations three weeks ago and leaving UCLA Medical Center.

Amanda's new home? The Canyon rehab facility in Malibu.

Her parents, via attorney Tamar Arminak, say the move was advised by the doctors at UCLA, and that she is "making great strides towards recovery."

Sources close to Amanda Bynes also stated that the surroundings at The Canyon are preferable to what she was experiencing at UCLA. To wit:

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Amanda Bynes has bolted from UCLA Medical Center, where she'd been residing, for a rehab center across the county which has no psychiatric facilities.

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The actress, 27, was being treated for severe mental illness at UCLA, but is now living at a fancy Malibu rehab center that caters to celebrities instead.

It's shocking, really, because according to TMZ, the facility does not have the psychiatric facilities available at UCLA, and Amanda Bynes is in a desperate state. 

Even more incredibly, she was under a special hold, called an LPS, which her doctors were granted because they were so concerned about her well being.

It had been speculated she might remain there until next year or even 2015.

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Amanda Bynes' mother Lynn formally withdrew her petition to obtain a conservatorship of her troubled 27-year-old daughter, a new report indicates.

Lynn’s attorney, Tamar Arminak, “notified the court on Thursday morning that the petition was being withdrawn. There will be no hearing on Monday."

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Earlier this week, one of the former Nickelodeon star’s attorneys, Richard Hutton, told the judge handling the starlet’s DUI case that she us unfit to stand trial.

The lawyer handling her bong-tossing arrest, Gerald Shargel, indicated that she may be hospitalized until 2015 and asked for a postponement in that case.

The troubled starlet has been under a temporary conservatorship obtained by her mother after starting a fire in a driveway near her parents’ house.

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Amanda Bynes' mental illness is severe enough that the troubled actress may end up staying in facility for a year and a half, according to a new report.

Her lawyer was in a New York City court today asking for a postponement for up to 18 months while the star continues to receive psychiatric treatment.

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Everything we've heard up until now has indicated that she may be hospitalized for awhile, but this report is the first we've heard suggest 2015.

Today's hearing stems from Bynes' arrest for allegedly throwing a bong out the window of her apartment and onto a Manhattan street this year.

Her lawyer, Gerald Shargel, echoed the sentiments of the attorney in Bynes' 2012 DUI case, who argued that Amanda is mentally unfit to stand trial.

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