Friday, July 17, 2009

Mischa Barton Has Lost Her Marbles. Have You Seen Them?

So by now you may have heard the news: Mischa Barton has been involuntarily committed. Police were called to Barton's residence yesterday to assist the actress with a "medical issue", but wound up transfering her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was involuntarily hospitalized under the state’s section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code.
According to Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and FOX News contributor, the decision to commit someone under these pretences is one that isn't entered into lightly. “It’s a 24-hour standard for these statues. You have to ask yourself, ‘Would this person die in the next 24 hours?’ They have to be at the brink of complete disaster.”
The statute allows the state to hold people in the hospital for up to 72 hours if they are a danger to themselves or others. After 72 hours, a judge would have to be brought in if the person does not agree to voluntarily check herself in.
It is the same statute that allowed the state to put Britney Spears in the psychiatric unit at Cedars-Sinai in early 2008.
“Every state has an involuntary statute and it is designed for people to be hospitalized who don’t wish to be and need to be,” Ablow said. “It is not because she is famous, and it is not about keeping her safe from the paparazzi. These laws are about conveying someone to a psychiatric facility who can’t get there herself or who is unwilling to go.”
Ablow, who has not treated Barton, said in order for the state to step in and essentially assign itself the guardian of an individual — as California did with Barton — the statute says there must be a mental disorder present; and the person either can’t care for him or herself, might kill herself, or has threatened to harm someone else.
Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, and driving without a valid license in December 2007. She was later charged with a DUI and driving without a valid license. “If she is involved in drugs or alcohol, that could be the primary problem,” Ablow said. “She could’ve been bloated because she is using substances, or because she is taking meds for a mental disorder, and that is a side effect. We really don’t know, of course.”
One thing Ablow is sure about though, is the predisposition of celebs to find themselves in this type of situation. “Probably if you are an entertainer, you are someone who relies on a lot of outside stimulation and a lot of positive feedback to reassure yourself that you are a good and decent person,” Ablow said. “Maybe you don’t have a firm and anchored core sense of self. This is not true of every actor, but Hollywood does seem to draw people who are looking for a sense of self-worth.”
Barton's publicist, Craig Schneider, confirmed in a statement relayed by US media that the actress "was safely transferred to medical treatment for which she remains hospitalized, as per the recommendation of her doctor."
Well for once I'm not going to say one single solitary bad thing about MB. Depression and mental instability is a very serious subject, so I only wish to her a speedy yet stable recovery.


Madam Miaow said...

That's so sad. I also felt so sad when Britney had her very public breakdown. It made me realise there's a lot more to some of these celebs than they let on in the media. (Yeah, I know, it's obvious, they're only human.)

Maybe if you have a big soul there's so much more to go wrong. Unlike certain pinched mean spirits in the public eye who you can never imagine losing their equilibrium.

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