Amanda Bynes, 27, may be staying in psychiatric hold for an extended period that could last until 2014, according to a new report. The former Nickelodeon star's doctors are reportedly planning to submit a recommendation to Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser with a request for long-term hospitalization. On July 22, Amanda was taken to the Hillman Psychiatric Center in Ventura County, California and placed on a 5150 hold after starting a fire in the driveway of a stranger's home in Thousand Oaks. Amanda's mother, who has temporary conservatorship over her until September 30, had her transferred to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's psychiatric facility on August 16 for further treatment.
A source told Radar Online that while Amanda is making improvements, "Her diagnosis is complex and the appropriate drug cocktail to treat her hasn’t been achieved yet. Therefore, her treatment team believes Amanda would benefit from prolonged treatment at UCLA, for at least the rest of the year." The source also added that Amanda is being treated for schizophrenia, despite not having been formally diagnosed. "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," said the source. "In fact, she wouldn’t likely suffer from symptoms of it if she stays on her medication.” ~Alfonso Espina