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Psychiatrists Slam Phil, Cedars

1/6/2008 8:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Eight psychiatrists tell TMZ they are shocked Cedars Sinai Medical Center let Dr. Phil go up to Britney Spears' room without her prior knowledge or consent.
Dr. Phil, Britney Spears
The shrinks had various things to say about Dr. Phil's visit to Brit's room, but the theme was unified -- that the hospital should not allow any doctor who does not have in-patient privileges into a patient's room, unless that patient has given prior consent. TMZ has learned Britney had no idea Dr. Phil was coming to her room and indeed when he walked in she became agitated and walked out. She eventually came back in and he pretty much did all the talking for around 15 minutes.

One psychiatrist called it "intrusive and inappropriate." Another shrink told us the hospital "is supposed to be a safe place. If the patient doesn't want to see someone, that person doesn't get in -- period."

Another shrink, who said he was "outraged and disgusted," added, "It is incredible that the hospital allowed Dr. Phil in her room. It's a total violation of her rights."

One doc surmised bluntly the hospital was "star struck" and let the TV doctor's profile override its judgment.

We're told early yesterday the show wanted to book Brit for a TV intervention that is being taped on Monday. We're told she wants nothing to do with it, and the show will not have her on. We're also told Brit's parents, who wanted Dr. Phil to visit Britney, had agreed at least initially to be on the program.

One shrink said splashing a private medical matter on TV and saying it's an intervention -- especially without the proper medical diagnosis -- is no way to run a railroad.

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691.

psychnurse    

"DR" Phil is NOT a psychiatrist- he's a psychologist. He can do therapy and testing and recomment a diagnosis- that's IT. He did NOT go to medical school. I have to admit he's sharp and he can get right to the issues with most people, but otherwise he's akin to a snake oil salesman in my book. Brittany clearly suffers from a mental illness but to put her on national television to discuss the diagnosis is repulsive and the most unprofessional act I can imagine. Shame on him. Shame Shame Shame. Those whole thing is probably going to be a major nail in his coffin.

2482 days ago
692.

LeeAnn    

Dr. Phil is one of those types that wants cameras to follow him so that his ratings will go up. He figures as long as he is in the media that all of us who are not Hollywood People will crave every bit of his sightings. I for one think Dr. Phil needs to see a Psych Doctor himself as he definitely has the "id personality" ( which means me, me , me!!!)

2482 days ago
693.

Angry    

What does it matter that Dr Phil went to visit. Nobody else seems to be doing anything for her. This girl is in trouble and he is just trying to help. I had a brother that was in pretty much in the same situation except for the children and I wished that someone like Dr Phil would have been around. He does not deserve having his show taken off the air. The problem these days is that everybody is quick to pass judgement.

2482 days ago
694.

Dave    

DOCTOR FIL SHOULD GO BACK TO SELLING VACUUM CLEANERS

2482 days ago
695.

Virginia    

Britney Spears is a has-been in the entertainment world and she is desperate to stay in the public eye. Whether her actions are deliberate or not, her need is for publicity and she seems willing to do anything to get it. She needs to go back to school and find a career outside of the entertainment field, because she has outgrown her value in that area. I for one am tired of hearing about her.

2482 days ago
696.

K    

I am amazed that someone who calls himself "Dr" would blatantly disregard the patient privacy act and discuss someones issues in public without her consent.

2482 days ago
697.

mot ziuurc    

THIS IS WHY THE RESST OF THE WORLD HATE AMERICANS. THEY ALL WANT TO LIVE HERE THOUGH. PHIL SHOULD GO. HE HAS NERVE CALLING HIMSELF A dr. PHIL IS ANOTHER ONE OF OPRAH IDEAS GONE SOUTH. OBAMA IS ANOTHER ONE OF OPRAHS PROJECTS. THEY ARE ALL NUTS.

2482 days ago
698.

Paul    

He's just a pompous a hole anyway.

2482 days ago
699.

stackemuptexas    

no ones into the lifestyles of the poor folk who does what brit does so ill ask again who relly f@@@@@@@@ cares other than her fam

2482 days ago
700.

TexicanPastor46    

BTW, I am an ordained, non-denominational Christian/evangelical pastor.

2482 days ago
701.

LOLA    

If DR Phil can't help he, nobody can!

2482 days ago
702.

CeeJay    

Britney, Mr & Ms Spears, Preggo Lil Sis and now Dr Phil, the cast of the new Hee Haw is complete. "Roll em!"

2482 days ago
703.

Sue    

Brit's mom is friends with Dr. Phil's wife. What is so horribly or ethically wrong with Brit's family asking him to talk to her? Too many people are blindly believing the criticisms being thrown around and not getting all the facts. Isn't the most important thing that someone tries to help her?

2482 days ago
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JP, OLdsmar, Fl.    

I think it's very unprofessional the way Dr. Phil handled the visit without prior authorization from Ms. Spears. He was just looking for publicity and is just looking for his own ratings to go up with little concern for Britney Spears. He should be ashamed of himself.

2482 days ago
705.

sell jones    

DR PHIL WAS JUST TRYING TO HELP...HIMSELF

2482 days ago
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