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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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wendy    

Everyone here seems to think Dr. Phil came uninvited. But, according to the article, he came at the invitation of Britney's parents. The real questions here are: how much control does family have over a patient's rights, and at what point is a patient deemed too incompetent for their own wishes to be respected? Unfortunately, in this day and age, people in power are too quick to overide the individual in question any time they take a non-majority stance.

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707.

Tippy    

Dr. phil is like all of the other people who are making money off of her un fortunate situation. hame on him, and I hope his show rolls off the TV as a result of his reckless and greedy actions. When will human life mean more than money? This is so sad. Poor Brittany is obviously ill and the last thing she needs is a hollywood shrink with a shrink talk show who actually discussed all of the negative things about her.

2449 days ago
708.

Nichole    

Since when does Britney Spears care about being intruded upon. Her life has been an open book. If you ask me she just didn't want to hear the truth about what a piece of trash she is!!!

2449 days ago
709.

texs2007    

It's funny....Dr. Phil helping others when he can't keep HIS OWN affairs in order! His show sucks the big one.....yes,I said it....and should not only be cancelled,but the tapes erased AND chopped up.

2449 days ago
710.

Richard    

I'm a licensed clinical social worker, specifically I'm a therapist by training and profession. For a long time, I have been less than pleased with Dr. Mc Graw practicing psythotherapy on TV. While he no doubt has done some positive things for the profession, in general, his sensationalization and TV persona havenot been well received by others professionals. Many refer to him as Jerry Springer with a PhD. The only difference is that The Jerry Springer Show was a day time comedy, McGraw's viewers may think this is the way treatment occurs. Dr. Mc Graw needs to rethink his mission, perhaps he needs to consider therapy. Would he go on TV for Treatment?

2449 days ago
711.

Andy    

This jerkoff Dr Phil reminds me of ambulance chasing Attorneys!! Hey look it's me, give me all the credit!! Right!! I agree that he should be cancelled.. And, the AMA should impose sanctions...

2449 days ago
712.

meetoo    

dr phil should really be ashame....the only one he wants to help is himself... has he no morals, no values no principles??
this girl needs to hit rock bottom and take control herself the more everyone runs to her the less likely she is to realize how much help she needs. put the two of these publicity seeking crazies together and that's a lethal weapon.

2449 days ago
713.

JVNIII    

Britney didn't have to listen to him, so maybe it will do some good. Lord knows, nothing else has been working.

2449 days ago
714.

Melanie2    

"Dr" Phil is not a medical doctor. He is a psychologist. It seems he has never heard of HIPPA, the federal privacy law that governs all healthcare institutiions receiving any federal reimbursement for care...and that includes all hospitals etc.. With any luck he and the hospital both will get sued and maybe they will learn to be more respectful of people's rights.

2449 days ago
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Patty C    

It is no surprise that Dr. Phil would be criticized for caring. The fact that he showed up and was allowed to see her is great. Anything that will help this girl get her head back on is important. I actually think sleep would be a very healing thing for her and when the mind won't rest, it is a terrible thing for the body. I think she is in " Survival Mode" and can't come down from it.
I am sure she feels very alone even with all the people surrounding her. I would just like to see her recover and have a normal life.

2449 days ago
716.

L.A.WOMAN    

IT'S TERRIBLE THAT THE HOSPITAL LET HER GO. SHE WAS ON A HOLD FOR 72 HOURS 51/50. WE CAN ALL SEE SHE IS A RISK TO HERSELF. I'VE WORK IN PES. AND NEVER DID A DOCTOR RELEASE A PT. THAT WAS ON A HOLD IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO HER AND SHE O.D'S IT WILL BE THE HOSPITAL'S FAULT. NO 51/50 CAN SIGN OUT THEY ALSO VIOLATED HER PRIVACY RIGHT FOR ALLOWING DR PHIL IN. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!

2449 days ago
717.

Sue    

God bless you Dr. Phil. He knows what your intentions are if no one else sees it. :)

2449 days ago
718.

tankacy2    

None of us know exactly what is going on with Britney. Maybe her so called "meltdown" was nothing more than a mother being told to give up her children and she reacted as any mother would. Maybe all this bullcrap that makes the news about her is nothing more than celebrity gossip that is pushed way out of proportion. After all they had the world believing she was all messed up on illegal drugs and everyone believed it. Now the same sources say there were no illegal drugs found in her system so do you believe it or not? Maybe its none of our business to pry so deeply into a persons life. Britneys music career is all we should want to know about. If any one of us had to reveal our entire life in front of the world then we would all be labeled as she is. I think the courts should have RESTRAINING ORDERS on all the media and paparazzi to not be allowed to be withing a mile of Britney and her family or else we may see headlines some day saying this poor woman has committed suicide. We don't know if anything they say about her is true or not.

2449 days ago
719.

Robert    

Dr. Phil ain't nothing but a clown, who wants to get into Brit's panties!!!

2449 days ago
720.

kmc    

i agree everyone should leave britney alone, she cant live her life without the press always on her. she is like a fish in a bowl no matter where she goes everyone is there to see her, she needs the support of her family and friends now and the press needs to back off and stop trying to financially gain off her problems, she needs her space to be ok again. her loser ex is all about the money it seems to me. britney has had to grow up too fast and now needs to slow down, find her self again and everything else will fall back in place. i wish her well. karen c

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