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.
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:
- It's not clear if the cocktail will work over the long run.
- 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.
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.