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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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Trooper Tom    

He should shut the hell up and mind his own business .... oh I guess he is his show business

2479 days ago

Don Eisner    

Re; Dr.Phil

As a psychologist and attorney, I am wondering how Dr. Phil could intervene or intrude with a patient who did not give permission. if he is a licensed psychotherapist, or acting as one, he may have been in an inappropriate dual relationship , i.e therapist / talk show host. Also, it is troublesome that it appears Dr. Phil had no authority to release confidential information.

Don Eisner,Ph.D.J.D.

2479 days ago


Britney should sue Dr. Springer, the publicity hound. Oops, I mean Dr. Phil.

2479 days ago


Maybe she needs to be shocked. The last thing she needs is to be pampered.

2479 days ago

aussie girl    

I believe she suffers from bi-polar from my experience looking after patients with this problem and having a mother that suffered from mental illness.She really needs help and certain people are taking advantage of her for financial gain.Love her or hate her she needs people that have compassion and understand the hell she is going through.I hope she gets help soon for the sake of herself and her children.

2479 days ago


Does Dr. Phil still have a license to practice medicine? If so he should face reprimand or revocation from the American Medical Association. I don't believe it is ethical for a doctor to reveal the condition of a patient to the public and certainly not on tv. Also, if he was trying to get her onto his show, I would consider that a serious conflict of interest.

2477 days ago


I guess the next thing ya know Dr Phil will be fathering her children!! but may not be such a bad may produce bipolars with a natural ability to heal themselves which could in turn be the start to THE DRUG FREE AMERICA!!! GO FOR IT DR.PHIL!!!

2476 days ago

chillout music girl    

DR phil is turning into a real sell out... he will do anything for publicity......

2473 days ago


Thanks for the good post very interesting

2414 days ago
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