Amanda Bynes' Psychiatric Hold Extended; Star May Be Hospitalized For 12 Months

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Amanda Bynes could spend another year in treatment under an involuntary psychiatric hold at in L.A. after a judge extended the order keeping her there.

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A judge granted a "long-term hold" to her doctors, which could last for up to 12 months as she battles the severe mental illness that landed her in treatment.

She has been in treatment since setting a stranger's driveway on fire in July, the culmination of a year of bizarre behavior that had everyone worried.

Her mom, Lynn, still has temporary conservatorship over her legal, medical and financial affairs as Amanda Bynes remains under hospital care.

It's possible the former child star, 27, will not be held for a full year. At the end of 60 or 90 days, she could move to her mom's home if progress is made.

Meanwhile, Bynes’ family is speaking out against a claim made by publicist Jonathan Jaxson, who is said to have falsely claimed to represent Amanda.

The Bynes’ attorney Tamar Armanak told E! News: "Jonathan Jaxson does not represent the Bynes family or Amanda." This after Jaxson said the following:

"Despite some reports, Amanda is improving daily and responding well. There is still a long road ahead, and that doesn't mean being confined to a locked-down treatment center."

"Amanda is in the best hands presently, medically, and each day her condition is being monitored. There is not a set release date."

"But, with the great track she is on presently, she will be out of a lockdown facility and continuing to recover elsewhere in the near future."

"Her parents love her dearly and still are hoping to continue conservatorship after September 30."

"Mental illness is a serious problem in America, and while many go untreated, Amanda is responding and cooperating with doctors and staff quite well."

While that sounds like a positive statement, Jaxson is full of it (he once also claimed to rep Kim Kardashian), so we don't put any stock in anything he says.

We do hope Amanda gets the care she needs and recovers fully, however.

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Good luck, Kid. We know you're still in there.

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Good! She needs help. So many stars die at 27. I hope she is a success story. She has so much talent. Maybe this will get her life back on track.

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well, without any work this is the place to be!!