Amanda Bynes’ psychiatric hold extended 2 weeks

Amanda Bynes had her psychiatric hold extended by two weeks Monday, according to E! News.

Bynes, 28, was admitted to a Pasadena, Calif., facility on an involuntary emergency psychiatric hold Friday, but a probable cause hearing must be held this week if her doctors want to keep her there.

Her admission to Las Encinas Hospital came hours after Bynes posted a series of tweets alleging her father verbally, physically and sexually abused her.

However, she disavowed responsibility for the accusations in a tweet a short time later: “My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me.”



Bynes then boarded a flight from New York to Los Angeles, where she told reporters at the airport that she was there to file a lawsuit against her parents.

While she was told that a limo driver was taking her to a lawyer’s office in Pasadena before going to a West Hollywood hotel, she was instead driven to the hospital — which resembles an office park — where her parents’ lawyer was waiting for her.

“In a perfect world, one would be honest about getting a person into a psychiatric hospital, but from her past behavior we have seen that Amanda Bynes avoids psychiatric hospitals at all cost because she doesn’t believe that she’s sick,” Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Los Angeles psychiatrist who has followed Bynes’ story, told CNN on Sunday.

In order to extend her hold to two weeks, psychiatrists at Las Encinas Hospital had to convince a mental health referee that she is “a danger to self, to others or is gravely disabled.”

This is the second time Bynes has been placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold. The previous instance came in July 2013 after she was “involved in a disturbance in a residential neighborhood” in Thousand Oaks, Calif. She eventually entered an inpatient psychiatric facility and was later released into her parents’ custody.


By Lena-Sullivan 10/14/2014 14:41:00

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