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Amanda Bynes is facing a long-term hospital stay

Published 29/08/2013 | 15:07

Amanda Bynes has moved to a new psychiatric unit
Amanda Bynes has moved to a new psychiatric unit
Amanda Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety programme, The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon
Amanda Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety programme, The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon
Amanda Bynes in a New York court
Amanda Bynes in a New York court

Doctors for former child star Amanda Bynes are hoping to keep her in a mental health institution for a lengthy period of time.

The troubled actress is currently being treated for a mental health disorder at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

She is also under a temporary conservatorship of her mother, Lynn, which could be made permanent in a court hearing on September 30.

Now RadarOnline is reporting the 27-year-old star could face a prolonged stay at the facility, following months of shocking behaviour, which includes setting fire to a driveway in July.

"[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 told the website.

“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.”

The star's mental health problems are complicated and haven't yet been made public.

Apparently she is being treated for schizophrenia, although no official diagnosis is said to have been made.

"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 insider continued.

“In fact, she wouldn’t likely suffer from symptoms of it if she stays on her medication.”

Amanda was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold last month and was later moved from a facility in Ventura County to UCLA.

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