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Doctors Seek to Keep Amanda Bynes Institutionalized as a Theory Surfaces About What's Wrong With Her TMZ

Doctors are seeking to extend the 5150 psychiatric hold on actress Amanda Bynes, with the initial hold only sufficient to keep the troubled 27-year-old in lockdown for 72 hours, TMZ.com reports.

As we reported previously, Bynes was held for psychological evaluation after an incident Monday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in which she started a fire in a residential driveway -- and spilled gasoline on her dog in the process.

The latest theory about what's going on with Bynes focuses on possible schizophrenia, with TMZ reporting that she's exhibiting signs of the disorder.

The website reports: "Medical professionals and others will seek a 2-week extension on her 5150 psychiatric hold so doctors can properly diagnose her ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ."

The report adds: "People close to Bynes are convinced she's suffering from mental illness, specifically schizophrenia."

The driveway incident may be the tipping point for efforts by those close to Bynes to help the former Nickelodeon star.

"Sources tell us ... Amanda's parents will now ask a judge to put the 27-year-old in a conservatorship, a la Britney Spears, because they believe she is unable to care for herself and could be a danger to others," TMZ reports. "Amanda's parents have wanted to take action for the past couple of months -- but they didn't have the goods because Amanda's conduct was not so over the line that a judge would take away her freedom."

Bynes will not be charged with a crime in connection with the latest incident, TMZ reports separately. However, she still faces a number of legal issues, including DUI charges in Los Angeles and reckless endangerment and marijuana charges in New York City, the piece notes.

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