Amanda Bynes has been under involuntary hospitalization for a little over a month now, after being placed on a seventy-two hour 5150 hold on July 23rd after setting a fire in a stranger’s driveway. That was later extended to a fourteen-day 5250 hold when doctors requested additional time to observe and monitor her behavior, and was further extended on August 9th when her parents were granted a temporary conservatorship. That conservatorship in its current form lasts until September 30th, at which point there will be a hearing to discuss making it permanent.
According to sources, this change is likely to go through, as doctors in the psychiatric unit of the UCLA hospital (her mother, Lynn, had her moved from the Ventura County hospital) 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.”
The thing about mental illness is that even after diagnosis, it can still take months or even years to determine the best course of action. The drugs used to treat these illnesses are extremely sensitive, and a surprising amount of the process still needs to be left to trial-and-error, even in this day and age.
“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.”
Amanda hasn’t been formally diagnosed with schizophrenia, although “she is being treated for it. There is such a negative stigma with schizophrenia…[but] 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. In fact, she wouldn’t likely suffer from symptoms of it if she stays on her medication.”
A year definitely sounds like a long time, but if it has the potential to get her stabilized and closer to functioning in a healthy way, I hope the permanent conservatorship goes through. I just can’t say enough how glad I am that she’s finally getting treatment.
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