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Britney Off to Mental Hospital?

1/7/2008 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sources tell TMZ the "responsible" people in Britney's life are trying to convince her to voluntarily enter a mental hospital.

We're told there's now a consensus -- she'll never get custody of her kids unless she undergoes intensive, in-patient treatment for what appears to be a severe bipolar disorder. But we're told Spears is resisting and does not want to enter a hospital.

And sources say that since her release from Cedars, Brit has "pulled it together, at least on the surface." She is coherent and engaged, but will not voluntarily enter a mental facility -- at least for now.

Dr. Phil Pulls Plug On Britney Show

Bending to public pressure over his Britney Spears intervention show, Dr. Phil has canceled the program scheduled for tomorrow.

In a statement on his site, the good doc says, "As was widely reported this weekend, at the request of concerned family members, I visited Britney Spears in the hospital. The details of that visit will, of course, remain private. We had planned to tape a Dr. Phil Now show today, focusing not on the tabloid side of Britney's latest problems, but instead on the very serious issues surrounding this case."

Click to launch!The statement goes on, "Clearly, it is not just Britney's family struggling to find a way to protect adult children who cannot be ordered or compelled to seek help.

Because the Spears situation is too intense at this time, and out of consideration to the family, I have made the decision not to move forward with the taping at this particular time.

Britney and her family are in our prayers, and we ask that they be in yours."

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Psychiatrists Slam Phil, Cedars

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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As someone who is bipolar, I have noticed many of the symptoms in Brittney's behavior. This is a debilitating illness that can take years before the patient learns how to deal with it. I wish her the best.

2489 days ago


All I can say to TMZ is duhhhhhhh. Hayden and Milo came out as dating at least a week ago. They've stopped denying it. So what if they were kissing in a movie theater? That happens. Big deal. The pictures didn't show more than them walking together. TMZ, you are and your pseudo-journalists are just being lame here. I'm not even going to dignify ths Britney/Dr. Phil stuff with a response. Don't need to keep feeding that fire.

2489 days ago

Old Smokey    

Dr. Phil appears to share the Spears girls parents in the desire to enrich oneself through exploitation.

2489 days ago


If indeed Dr. Phil did get into see Ms. Spears..someone working in the hospital should be fired. As a graduate student in the mental health field this type of confinment and diagnosis( if it is true) is regulated in a very strict manner.
Dr. Phil should be brought up on ethics violations and his show should be cancelled.

2489 days ago

Jeffrey H. Baer    

Let's see--Britney got slammed for smiling on her first album cover, was accused of being "too sexy too soon" for the mere look in her eyes in the "Crazy" video, and pretty much got roasted for every move she made after her first year in the business (including a meaningless, supposedly dazed performance at the 2007 VMAs). And people can't understand why she might be bipolar NOW!!??

If someone kept telling me I can't be myself the way I want to be, I'd wind up in the looney bin too.

2489 days ago


How did brittney get out so soon what happend to
the 72 hour hold?

2489 days ago


So doctors are FINALLY figuring out Britney is mentally ill? Geeze -- I said she was bipolar over a year ago. Does anyone really think Britney would admit that or voluntarily go into for a psych evaluation? Does anyone think she'll keep on her meds? Hell no!

2489 days ago


As a Professional Psychologist (PhD) Researcher who specializes in the study of sociopathic behavior I agree with the Psychiatrists who have stated that the interaction by Dr. Phil McGraw was totally inappropriate, a violation of the patient's right to privacy and cleary the idiocy of Cedars Sinai Hospital staffers and management. NO WAY should any patient, no matter what their particular job or role is in life, be invaded by any one who does not have the patient's permission to be visited. This is clearly the actions of a narcissistic, ego driven person who wanted only ratings for his dismal TV show. I would also like to know how the media got the Bi-Polar Diagnosis without DIRECT access to Ms. Spears' medical records?
How did the diagnosis get made in the first place if the patient was only in-hospital for a few hours? This media manipulation with dis-information is deplorable to not only the person involved but to the public. Stop the lies!

2489 days ago


how can she be released so soon? what happend to the
72 hour hold on mental patientsmBrittney is very sick and has not had time to get help

2489 days ago


it's a lot easier to get out of the hospital than jail, thus the 'call me an ambulance' routine that spears uses to her advantage. when you go to the hospital at your request, you can check yourself out at any time you choose. try that when your in the slammer. she may be bi-polar or she may simply be very sly when side-stepping the law. this woman is a tradgedy waiting to happen. if she has her kids with her when she explodes, the kids will be the ones to suffer. put her in a court ordered institution and keep her there until the doctors consider her no longer a threat to herself or others. when i say doctors, i don't mean that fraud dr. phil. he's a headline seeker and a chump. next it will be donald trump riding to the rescue. another chump. she needs medical help, not sympathy.

2489 days ago


If you stated that the illness might be a severe bipolar disorder.
Has she ever been tested for a brain tumor? Of course, the drinking and drugs didn't help.

2489 days ago


i cannot believe all these other dr. are running their mouth about dr phil going to britneys room i dont see any othre drs lending their time or money to help her out and get her straight ,they keep saing they didnt have her concent and was invasive to her, i dont really think someone who has a mental condition should have the right to make thier own decision about what is gonna happen to them family and or close friends or who ever would be care giver should be making the decisions her mother is next of kin and if her mother wanted dr phil to help then so be it ...common sence people she may have a mental disouder she hasnt made the best judgements in the past based on her mental state so someone else has to make the decision for her so she can get better .

2489 days ago


So....let me get this straight. You do what you want, abuse and neglect your children, abuse your own body and mind, act like a slut, be a slut, go through 1 annulment, go through 1 divorce, embarass yourself on stage, trash your body, and embarrass your whole family and you can get a psych diagnosis and that can take away all responsibility? NICE. Where do I sign up for that? I can go on a binge of life and turn around, hire a millionair psychologist and.,,VIOLA!!! My personal responsibility goes right out the door. I LOVE AMERICA!!!!!

2489 days ago

bet you cant    

when someone is placed in hospital under a 72 hour assessment involuntarily, the assessment does not necessarily have to last 72 hours. anytime within that 72 hour period if a psychiatrist deems the person not at risk to self or others (supposedly all blood work came back normal) then the patient may be discharged. if the person is deemed to be still at risk to self or others the patient may be placed on another form or certificate continuing to make them involuntary. they then can appeal this decision with a lawyer and the responsiblity is on the psychiatrist to prove he/she is at risk

2489 days ago


Jamie, you need to learn about how to make sentences, not run-on babbling. How about trying some periods?

2489 days ago
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