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Amanda Bynes "responding to treatment", doctors are "cautiously optimistic"

Published 01/08/2013 | 17:05

The actress is reportedly "responding to treatment"

Amanda Bynes has apparently responded “quickly and dramatically” to the medication she is taking in hospital.

The actress is currently under a psychiatric hold and her mental state is being evaluated by doctors.

Amanda was placed under the 5150 hold last week as she was deemed a danger to themselves and others after starting a fire in a driveway in California. There has been speculation that the star has been displaying signs of schizophrenia, and TMZ reports that her medical team has administered a combination of drugs.

“Our sources say Amanda responded quickly and dramatically,” claims the website. “We're told in the last three days, Amanda has stopped talking to herself and stopped insulting people. To the contrary, we're told she's become downright polite, even saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. She has shown no signs of violence.”

This type of medication apparently usually takes seven to ten days to have an effect, so doctors are said to be cautiously optimistic about Amanda’s progress.

The 27-year-old star is scheduled to appear in court today where she will make a bid to be released from the psychiatric hospital.

However, TMZ reports it is unlikely Amanda will be successful. It is claimed the judge will need to be convinced that the troubled star will voluntarily take her medication, and that the cocktail of drugs will work long-term.

It was recently claimed that Amanda cancelled a judicial hearing to plead for her case for freedom last week. Apparently she doesn’t want to appear before a judge as she was waiting for her psychiatric “meds to kick in”.

Amanda’s initial 72-hour psychiatric hold was extended by two weeks to allow doctors to continue their evaluation of her.

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