Amanda Bynes' Schizophrenia Stabilizing Thanks to Drug Cocktail: Report

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Amanda Bynes is doing much, much better in the hospital this week, reports indicate, with her apparent schizophrenia now much closer to stabilized.

Doctors at the psychiatric hospital where she remains under a 5150 hold have given her a combination of medications, or cocktail, to help her symptoms.

Amanda Bynes, Sunglasses

The actress responded "quickly and dramatically," insiders say, and no longer talks to herself or insults people - two hallmarks of her last few months.

She's shown no inclination toward violence and has even been polite, saying "please" and "thank you" to staff members as she works to get better.

Does this mean Amanda Bynes' mental illness is under control?

It's far from clear, especially since finding the right dosages of the various medicines that comprise the "cocktail" is a notoriously challenging endeavor.

Experts say it may take 7-10 days to fully assess the results.

From a legal standpoint, she is scheduled to have a court hearing today in an attempt to get out of the psychiatric hospital where she's been since July 23.

The fact that she's doing better can actually help her case, however it is also seen as unlikely that a judge will let her out yet. The reason is twofold:

  1. It's not clear if the cocktail will work over the long run.
  2. It's even less clear if she wouldvoluntarily take it.

Also, Bynes' parents will reportedly NOT back off their attempt to seek a conservatorship even if she's improving, believing she needs long-term supervision.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE, 8/2: Despite showing progress, Bynes still does not admit she has a mental illness and was denied release from the hospital at a hearing.


Remember Media = 2% fact and 98% fiction.
They also said she "trashed" her hotel room when pictures showed she had really just left a very minor mess for cleaners to clean/tidy-like many other people do when they are in a rush staying in a hotel.
But the media never let's "the truth get in the way of a good story".....
Whether Amanda does have any illnesses is between her and her family,but the media has reported that every act she does -including things that healthy people do such as shopping,catch cabs etc- be due to her supposed illnesses,all for the sake of sensationalisation and greed from selling papers.
People need to say enough is enough to media people getting rich by exploiting the vulnerable,and exaggerating,lying,fueling publics emotions etc....

@ an

I agree. Let the media have the tables turned on them for a bit. Every little thing they do should be sensationalized. It should be a requirement before being allowed to go into journalism (and I use the term loosely here). Not all media & journalists are like that but the ones that constantly report on celebs, politics, etc. certainly are. My guess is just a few days of their own medicine would have them going nuts & demanding changes in media coverage.




Seriously?!?!?! Doctors can recommend that a person not be released because they're a threat to themselves or the public. No it's not something they do just for the hell of it. There are enough people in jail without needlessly adding to those numbers. No, I'm not saying that there is never any abuse of the system BUT I'd rather have a system in place that serves to protect me, ESPECIALLY if someone is so mentally ill that they don't think there is anything wrong with them. You should REALLY calm down before you get totally swept up in such paranoid thinking.

John eubanks

Thank you Joy for this refreshing outpouring of ignorance. As for your obvious paranoia, my I suggest a tin foil hat and some Xanax.


I read early on that she did show signs of schizophrenia & something about a personality disorder. I don't recall if it said multiple personality, bipolar or what it was but the indication was clear that it wasn't just one mental health issue. You often hear the term 'cocktail' especially in reference to drugs for treating mental health. So it could be either more than 1 drug being needed/tried in combination with each other, or as someone else stated, trying different ones. The tough thing there is that many of these meds take at least several days & many take up to a few weeks to show any major signs of how they will or wont help. Drugs for depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems aren't like an aspirin that kicks in within an hour. For most it's 4-6 weeks before you have a clear picture of whether they work properly. I still haven't fully figured out the parents. HOPEFULLY they do want only whats best for Amanda. If there is any question of their intentions the court could & I think SHOULD get a 3rd party conservator. I'm sure there is a close friend that she trusts. She has a long way to go but the early indications are that things are moving in the right direction. Sure she may never act again but I've read she wants to go into fashion. So, if that's what she chooses to do in her future I hope we see her outfits on young up & coming female stars in the near future!




I'm schizo and I take just one antipsychotic. Usually they just try a ant psychotic I've never been given a cocktail of anything. Just tried different drugs one at a time.


I do hope that she can get through this and back on track. While she may never appear on the screen again, I hope that she can find a career that suits her and one that she genuinely enjoys. She was an amazing actress who really had potential but all the money and the fame really cannot buy happiness. Amanda Bynes is a clear example of that.


Unfortunately, medications prescribed for psychiatric disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder can often make an individual's quality of life worse due to their overwhelming adverse side effects. Many psychiatrists have difficulties with patient's compliance of taking the medication daily as many discontinue due to the negative effects. Bynes is most likely taking powerful antipsychotic medications with pretty unbearable side effects such as obesity, hair loss, acne, yellowing of the teeth, diabetes, and weakened immune system. These effects will most likely dissuade the former beauty from taking the meds on a daily basis and might cause her to relapse. A conservatorship would guarantee that Bynes would continue the treatment over time. Her story is rather tragic and nobody would have ever expected her to experience such a dramatic fall from grace and she was one of the few child stars in Hollywood who was resistant to the trials and tribulations of others. However, it's clear that she had been battling some "demons" and they might have been personified by her through the voices that she is supposedly hearing. I don't think that she is suffering from Schizophrenia at all, but maybe a version of Bipolar Disorder.

@ Pete

True some of the meds can have some major side effects but if her QUALITY of life can be improved & made safe for her & those around her then there are things that can be done for the QUANTITY of her life. A good diet and exercise regimen will help with weight & her immune system and should play a part in holding off things like insomnia, anxiety, etc. Keeping the body's metabolism healthy is a big help. Acne & yellowing teeth are manageable. Hairloss & diabetes seem like the biggest to watch for as well as weakened immune system. Healthy diet, iron, B12 & things like that can help with immunity. If she comes out looking healthy & fit then maybe theres her next project to focus on. The Amanda Bynes Mental Health Diet! I claim dibs on that idea! :-P

Zi jones

My question is WHEN was she diagnosed with Schizophrenia? Was she actually diagnosed with it or was she as an uncontrollable drug addict tied to a bed and given medications? I'm rooting for her either way but one thing for sure is that saying her being polite means that she is "responding" to treatment is ignorant. She's being polite because she wants to get out. She may be a junkie, she may be schizophrenic but she's not stupid.


I'm so glad to hear that Amanda is responding to medication (not "drugs"...these are medications to restore balance, not drugs to alter it).
Yes, the big question is there: will she take the meds on her own? In my experience, probably not. Many medical reasons for that (see "anosognosia") but her parents should definitely go ahead with conservatorship. It has been a huge help for us!
I blogged about this at, website with great info and support.
Randye Kaye, Mom of son with schizophrenia, who is doing well thanks to treatment; author "Ben Behind His Voices"


I feel bad for Amanda, let's hope that whatever treatment she's getting will help her become a healthy functioning individual again....with the help of both her parents. God bless her.


Amanda Bynes Biography

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Thousand Oaks, California
Full Name
Amanda Laura Bynes

Amanda Bynes Quotes

My favorite part of my body is my smile.

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I say I never want to get married. I feel trapped with the idea of marriage. How can you really be with somebody forever? I'd get bored!

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