Amanda Bynes 2013: Star Moved From Psych Ward To Rehab To Treat ‘Mental Disorder’

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Actress Amanda Bynes arrives for a court hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York July 9, 2013. Bynes is charged with reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence. Reuters

After being in a psychiatric hospital since the end of July, Amanda Bynes has been moved to a rehabilitation facility in Malibu, Calif., TMZ reported Monday, and apparently her parents think it’s in her best interest.

Rick and Lynn Bynes confirmed that the former Nickelodeon star was transferred from UCLA Medical Center to The Canyon. Their lawyer Tamar Arminak said the doctors at UCLA advised them to move Bynes, and she is now making “great strides towards recovery,” TMZ wrote.

The lawyer said Bynes is being treated for psychiatric problems, not for drug abuse. "She is getting specialized psych care, one-on-one treatment, not drug rehab,” the news site quoted Arminak.

The UCLA hospital wasn’t the proper place for the 27-year-old actress to get well because there were other patients in much worse shape than she was, and a source told TMZ that she was frightened to be there. "Amanda was stuck with people in much worse condition than her,” the insider said. “She was scared, afraid and did not leave her immediate room area."

Now that she has moved to The Canyon, Bynes can walk around the grounds and is able to see the ocean and ride horses, a source told the news site. The insider added that UCLA was costing the former troubled star more than $50,000 month for her stay and the rehab center was probably costing nearly $55,000.

Bynes had been on an extended psychiatric hold to treat a “mental disorder” that has seriously disabled her, People.com wrote. She’s been at The Canyon for nearly three weeks now. It was rumored that the “Easy A” star was suffering from schizophrenia, but has not been verified. 

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