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Britney Being Treated for Her Disease

1/30/2008 2:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If you think Britney Spears doesn't give a crap about getting help for her condition, think again.
Britney Spears
Multiple sources tell TMZ Britney has seen numerous doctors. We know that she's seen a new psychiatrist who has come to her home every day this week and that she's on medication to treat her bipolar disease. We also know doctors have indeed concluded she suffers from bipolarity.

Britney has seen doctors who have been referred by other doctors, plus doctors who have been referred by celebrities Britney knows, and doctors referred by her lawyers, family and friends. We're told the process has been excruciating for her, partly because her disease is severe.

Sources tell slightly different stories about the efficacy of the medication. A friend says when Britney takes her medicine she is like "a different person -- normal and sweet." But she takes her meds for a while and then feels as if she can live without it -- so she stops taking them -- and her condition quickly deteriorates. But a professional tells TMZ flatly, "The medication just isn't working."

That same professional tells TMZ, "She's really trying. Whether it works -- we'll have to see." That person also says it's extremely frustrating when the media shows video of Britney out on the town acting crazy, adding, "She has a disease. Sometimes when you see her she's in the middle of an episode. It's like mocking someone with Down Syndrome."

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76.

JaCee    

Why cant anyone be honest??? The headline reads "Britney Spears--dead at 27--cause of death --accidental drug overdose due to paparazzi and media frenzies---

2367 days ago
77.

T-Fed    

I wonder what medication Britney is on. I know certain kinds of meds can have adverse reactions. There are some people who can't take these meds. And worse if she was diagnosed with something else before the bi polar and she was not given proper treatment then a bad chemical reaction would be likely. Zoloft and many other ssri's can make a bipolar condition get out of hand, along with seraquel and even Xanax. Some meds are supposed to help with what is called unrealism, where loss of reality occurs almost like living in a bad dream. However Zoloft and other ssri's can cause this. And to be honest this sounds like something Spears may have. In most cases the first to suffer is the children...

2367 days ago
78.

SHE'S AN ATTENTION WHORE    

TMZ, you suck. You're not doctors, and are reporting things as though you are the voice of authority; you're causing more problems with your obvious lying. In truth, you're a bunch of bitchy gay boys & lesbians, bitching about things you don't know about to cover up your miserable failures as human beings. You all suck bigtime...

2367 days ago
79.

Lori B    

23. Bushwa!!!!! This is PR spin as the public's disgust for this self
absorbed jackass continues to outgrow her career. She is responsible
for getting proper treatment if treatment is needed. If she were not
able to make rational decisions and were a danger to herself the
hospital would be able to secure an involuntary commitment.
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No. being able do make rational decisions does NOT necessarily imply that someone is suicidal or a danger to others (except for her kids, and when she's allowed to drive). There are plenty of people walking the streets everyday (many homeless) who are in full psychosis. There's still NOTHING they can do until it can be proven she's suicidal or homicidal.

2367 days ago
80.

Michelle    

Will she just kill herself already? I'm getting sick of hearing about her everyday. It should have been her instead of Heath Ledger!

2367 days ago
81.

megn    

The commentors should use the internet for good and read up on mental disease before they make their ignorant comments. They may even be able to self-diagnose. And TMZ, you are to blame in part. Leave her alone. That crack about downs syndrome was directed at YOU. Leave her alone, quit making fun of someone in the depth of mental illness. Stop hacking on people over their religion. Stop making fun of people who are aging normally. Grow up.

2367 days ago
82.

who cares    

SO IF SHE DOESNT TAKE THE MEDS SHE IS GONNA CONTINUE TO BE A LOON?
AND EVERYONE KNOWS THE BITCH AINT GONE TAKE MEDS
SHES THE NEXT ANNA NICOLE WAIT N SEE
TMZ IS GONNA BE REPORTING HER DEATH BEFORE TOO LONG

2367 days ago
83.

the DQ    

"It's like mocking someone with Down syndrome."

Or, mocking anybody with any disability.

When did that ever stop people from mocking other people. Ughhhhhh.................NEVER!!!!

2367 days ago
84.

britaculous    

A QUESTION IF YOU PLEASE................

........... when you say you know she has been diagnosed with bipolar disease.........

you're just telling us what a "source" said right?

2367 days ago
85.

elise    

What a sad story. She is like a kid so who will watch her or force her to take a pill. I am glad the boys are save can u imagine if she hurt one of those kids because she refuse to take her pills. She need to move in with her parents because she has no one to supervise her since she is 26 going on 12.

2367 days ago
86.

sammy    

Someone with Downs syndrome would be a lot easier to read about.

2367 days ago
87.

NY is the best state on earth    

I think it would be great if x17 stalked Harvey for 2-3 weeks... LOL..

Britney needs a 120# German Shepard like mine...

2367 days ago
88.

texnguy35    

EMILY S

JUST TO INFORM YOU - THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF BI-POLARISM. YOURS JUST MAY NOT BE AS SEVERE

2367 days ago
89.

Attilia The hun    

STAY AWAY FROM THE PREZZO'S! DO YOUR PERSCRIBED MEDS AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK ON TRACK. WE MISS YOU SWEETIE, WE WANT YOU BACK TO ROCK THIS WORLD!

2367 days ago
90.

bitchplz    

"She has a disease. Sometimes when you see her she's in the middle of an episode. It's like mocking someone with Down syndrome."

^ Hey Harvey...Listen to the professionals, you know...something 'YOU USED' to be.

Oh, btw...saw you on GDLA recently...time to get a touch up with some botox. Just saying.

2367 days ago
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