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Amanda Bynes Is Getting Better

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Amanda Bynes attends an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Amanda Bynes has had her share of controversies, as anybody with an internet connection is well aware. But after checking into a psychiatric hospital, it looks like the medication she's been put on is helping to stabilize her quickly.

TMZ reports that Bynes is on a cocktail to treat schizophrenia, and that she's since stopped talking to herself and insulting people, and has been polite to staff.

The move to hospitalize Bynes came last week, after she set a fire in a stranger's driveway. She was placed in a 5150 hold, which is an involuntary hospitalization. She also reportedly doused her dog in gasoline during the fire, but that looks like it may have been an accident.

As difficult as this time is for Bynes, she's not alone. Her parents are involved in keeping her in the hospital, and Nick Cannon, with whom she once starred on the TV show "All That," penned an open letter to the troubled actress, calling her "my sister." He also extends a hand to Bynes in her time of need:

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I ask people who are quick to judge, tweet, report, or comment to ask yourself; what if that person was my sister? My brother? My Mother? Or me? What then would I say? In the words of the great poet and artist Bill Withers, "Sometimes in our lives We all have pain, we all have sorrow". We all end up alone in that dark hole at some point in our lives and if you don’t have a foundation of friends and family to help bring you up and out it makes that journey long and detrimental. So I say to my sister Amanda Bynes you’re not alone. I’m here for you. I understand. I care and I appreciate you, because that’s what family does and that’s what family is for.