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Amanda Bynes is reportedly doing much better in psychiatric treatment these days, and ironically, that’s likely what kept her in there longer than she’d like.

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The prescription drug cocktail being used to treat her severe mental illness (believed to be schizophrenia) seems to be working, reports indicate.

In fact, in the last few days, Amanda Bynes had a breakthrough.

She’s showing emotion, which many schizophrenics don’t, and was crying Wednesday and Thursday night, saying she was scared about Friday’s court date.

She did not attend it, and her psychiatric hold was extended.


Patients who cry are viewed as improving, experts believe, as sadness is typically not associated with being disconnected with reality and/or emotion.

Bynes’ allegedly confided in a nurse Thursday night that she is "fine" and did not need confinement in a hospital. Clearly, doctors don’t think she is fine.

Her ability to form clear thoughts, however, and understand what’s going on around her is progress, and doctors feel an additional 30 days will tell a lot.

Doctors told the court she is "gravely disabled" by mental illness, but at the same time, they feel they can help her in the hospital with more time.

Bynes’ mother was granted a temporary conservatorship over her daughter, giving her legal and financial control over her estate until September 30.