Amanda Bynes' Doctors Recommend Long-Term Hospitalization To Treat Mental Illness

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Aug. 29 2013, Published 6:21 a.m. ET

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Amanda Bynes' doctors at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will be submitting a recommendation to the judge overseeing her mother Lynn's bid to gain conservatorship of her daughter, suggesting the 27-year-old needs long-term hospitalization, is exclusively reporting.

The former Nickelodeon actress is currently being treated for a serious mental health disorder and is under a temporary conservatorship of her mother, and a hearing on September 30 will determine if it will be made permanent.

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After months of erratic behavior, Amanda was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital after setting fire to a stranger's driveway in Thousand Oaks, California.

Lynn had Amanda moved from a county facility in Ventura County to the psychiatric unit at UCLA after being granted temporary conservatorship.

Doctors have "been observing Amanda, and there has been some improvement...however, her diagnosis is complex, and the appropriate drug cocktail to treat her hasn't been achieved yet," a source exclusively told Radar.

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"Therefore, her treatment team believes Amanda would benefit from prolonged treatment at UCLA, for at least the rest of the year. She has her good days and bad days, and the goal is obviously to get her therapeutic and stable before being released. Lynn needs to be granted permanent conservatorship because Amanda wouldn't agree to continue with treatment."

Even though Amanda hasn't been formally diagnosed with schizophrenia, "she is being treated for it. There is such a negative stigma with schizophrenia....given time and the correct treatment and medicine, Amanda could and should absolutely be able to live with it and be a productive member of society," the source continued.

"In fact, she wouldn't likely suffer from symptoms of it if she stays on her medication."



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