- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 1, 2013

Amanda Bynes has responded “quickly and dramatically” to a combination of drugs doctors have put her on since being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital in California.

Sources close to the situation told TMZ that the troubled actress is being treated for what appears to be schizophrenia. In only three days she has reportedly stopped talking to herself and insulting people, even saying “please” and “thank you,” TMZ said.

The sources said the medications take 7 to 10 days to fully take effect, so they’re not declaring victory yet, but they’re optimistic, TMZ said.

Miss Bynes was hospitalized and placed on a 5150 involuntary hold for mental evaluation after she allegedly lit a makeshift bomb in an elderly woman’s driveway.

The sheriff’s department then was called by a man who later told reporters that he found the actress lying down near the driveway with her left pant leg on fire. He said she quickly put out the flames and didn’t appear injured, but she said told him her dog had been burned, TMZ reported.

Surveillance footage from a nearby liquor store show Miss Bynes enter with her small Pomeranian that the manager said reeked of gasoline. She rushed to the back of the store to try and wash the dog off in the sink, but “freaked out” and left when the owner confronted her.

Lynn Bynes, Miss Bynes‘ mother, filed a petition in California last week to take control of the troubled starlet’s personal and financial affairs.

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