Amanda Bynes Needs Long-Term Treatment, and That's Okay. These Stars Proved Time Away Isn't a Career-Ender

Sources say the actress needs prolonged psychiatric care to get better. From Demi Lovato to Robert Downey Jr., these celebs' comeback stories can serve as inspiration

Amanda Bynes needs to put those dreams of being a rapper on hold. The 27-year-old actress has been under psychiatric care since July, when her year-long public meltdown culminated in her setting a fire in a stranger's driveway. Rumor has it that she's being treated for schizophrenia, although it also seems likely that substance addiction is involved. Whatever the problems, they're serious, and doctors are reportedly recommending long-term treatment for the actress.

"There has been some improvement… however, her diagnosis is complex, and the appropriate drug cocktail to treat her hasn’t been achieved yet," a source knowledgeable about Bynes' treatment told RadarOnline.

"Her treatment team believes Amanda would benefit from prolonged treatment at UCLA, for at least the rest of the year," the source explained. "She has her good days and bad days, and the goal is obviously to get her... stable before being released. Lynn [Bynes, Amanda's mother] needs to be granted permanent conservatorship because Amanda wouldn’t agree to continue with treatment.”

(Bynes is currently under temporary conservatorship of her mother Lynn, but a hearing on Sept. 30 could make the arrangement permanent.)

Taking a year off is a scary prospect for anyone who makes their living as an entertainer. What if everyone forgets them and they have to start all over? Fortunately, there are plenty of celebs who have spent time in treatment and returned to new, improved careers. Their stories should encourage Bynes to spend whatever time it takes to get better. For inspiration, here are 5 stars who took time off and never regretted it.

Demi Lovato


Reason for going into treatment: Emotional issues, self-harm and eating disorders.
Time away from the spotlight: 1 year (October 2010-September 2011)
Comeback: Lovato did a series of confessional interviews surrounding the release of her Unbroken album. The record produced two hit singles, "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break." She's currently an X Factor judge with a Top 10 single ("Heart Attack"), and will return to acting with a guest arc on Glee.

Natasha Lyonne


Reason for going into treatment: Drug addiction, alcohol abuse and health issues.
Time away from the spotlight: 4 years (2004-2008)
Comeback: Lyonne made a gradual return to TV and film, which she has described as "recommitting to my job and recommitting to life in general." The American Pie star is now getting rave reviews for her role in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

Kelly Osbourne


Reason for going into treatment: Painkiller addiction
Time away from the spotlight: 2 years (2004-2006)
Comeback: Osbourne was candid about her stint in rehab, and gradually began returning to TV. She's now a co-host on the E! chat show Fashion Police.

Britney Spears


Reason for going into treatment: Substance abuse
Time away from the spotlight: 8 months (February-October 2007)
Comeback: Britney had a rough road to recovery, but with the release of her 2008 Circus album and tour, she was back on the top of the pop charts. Spears has been extremely private and reserved about her struggle with addiction.

Robert Downey Jr.


Reason for going into treatment: Cocaine & heroin addiction
Time away from the spotlight: 1 year (2001-2002)
Comeback: Downey Jr.'s comeback should give anybody hope. After a lifetime of drug addiction and a five-year public meltdown, he worked his way back up to the top of the Hollywood A-list with films like Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man.

 

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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