In excellent news for Amanda Bynes and disappointing news for Chelsea Handler, Amanda is reportedly responding well to the medications she's been prescribed for her rumored schizophrenia. With an illness like schizophrenia, it typically takes doctors a while to determine an effective combination of anti-psychotics and dosages, because each patient reacts differently to the medications and has different requirements for treatment, so this is an ongoing process.
That's part of what makes it such a potentially debilitating disease, and makes proper medical care so important — because there's so much follow-up required to make sure that different drug cocktails are remaining effective from person to person. If they aren't, they need to be adjusted, so that the patient's standard of living can be kept as consistent as possible. It's an ongoing, intensive process, and it can get pretty overwhelming if you think about it.
Which is why it's such a great sign that Amanda is apparently reacting so well thus far. In the past three days, she's reportedly stopped a lot of the behaviors that had doctors so worried, including talking to herself and lashing out with insults at the people around her. Typically medications take about seven to ten days to really kick in, so we're not completely out of the woods yet, but Amanda has been encouragingly polite, saying 'please' and 'thank you', and showing no signs of violence.
This is all terrible news for Chelsea, who it seems like was really banking on Amanda and her 'crazy', 'freak' behavior being a substantial source of humor for her Chelsea Lately audience, given that she doesn't seem willing (or able? maybe both) to provide it herself. All I say is keep up the good work, Amanda. Progress like this is really encouraging.
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