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Amanda Bynes

LOSES BID FOR FREEDOM

8/1/2013 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Amanda Bynes was just shut down in her bid to leave the psychiatric hospital where she has been held against her will for more than a week ... TMZ has learned.

Amanda appeared before a judge in the psych ward, as her lawyer argued there was no legal basis to hold her for the two additional weeks ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

We broke the story ... Amanda was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold 10 days ago after starting a fire in the driveway of a home near L.A.  The hold lasted 3 days, and then doctors stepped in and got a judge to extend the hold for 2 additional weeks so they could properly diagnose her.

Our sources say Amanda's lawyer argued at today's hearing the actress was capable of caring for herself and she was not a danger to others.  As we reported, Amanda is actually doing a lot better since doctors have started giving her a cocktail of meds.  We're told there are clear signs Amanda is schizophrenic. 

In the end the judge agreed with the doctors, that Amanda needed to stay in the hospital because her mental situation is still precarious.   Amanda does not acknowledge she has a mental illness, and doctors believe there's more than a good chance she would not take the meds that have stabilized her if she's out on her own.

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Notsurprised    

TMZ do a story on other actors who have had the same disorder. For instance, apparently Veronika Lake a very famous actor for her time was schizophrenic

359 days ago
32.

Allessandra    

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359 days ago
33.

Tyrone    

Hopefully they will at last give her extended release meds (e.g. Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) XR extended-release tablets). It's too bad there are not any extended release injectables for schizophrenia.

359 days ago
34.

laura    

Thats sad that she still doesn't acknowledge that she has a mental illness. Why does she think she's there and not being let out? I would love to know what going on in her head...

359 days ago
35.

Bruno mars    

Good I'm glad they put her there she did something very dangerous and deserves to be punished but on the other hand I gotta admit I will miss making fun of her tweets

358 days ago
36.

sugacan    

Good. If she is mentally ill she will get the help she needs. If she was just "playing crazy" for publicity, she'll find out why that is a bad idea and stop acting like an idiot.

357 days ago
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CARLA    

My mother was schizophrenic, she refused to take meds all her life, we tried to have her commited on several occasions, she fell through the cracks and never received the help she needed, and terrorized our family, stalking, phone calls, bizarre behavior most of my adult life, it was gut-wrenching, I believe she was not diagnosed earlier because family covered for her, it is very sad, I hope she gets help, she is a talented actress, and hope she gets to lead a good life

357 days ago
38.

alex s    

when the judge finished did they say "Court dismissed bring out the dancin' lobsters"

356 days ago
39.

Kesha    

Amanda needs meds and medical attention. The hospital is the best place for her to heal.

347 days ago
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