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Britney Officially

on Psychiatric Hold

1/31/2008 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0131_britney_tmz_ex7Law enforcement sources tell TMZ an L.A. County Superior Court judge has just signed a "5150," meaning Britney Spears is on a three-day psychiatric hold at the UCLA Medical Center.

We're told there is a "good possibility" that it will be extended to 14 days. We've also learned there have been several parallel attempts to get Britney on a 5150. Her lawyers, Anne Kiley and Tara Scott, secured a new psychiatrist late last week -- she's the one who triggered the 5150 last night.

At the same time, we're told Britney's mother, father and brother have been "working closely with the LAPD for weeks" to get her back in for psychiatric care. There is now a dogfight between Britney's family and Sam Lutfi over who will make medical decisions, however, that fight is now put on hold because the judge now makes the call.

Once the psychiatric hold ends, something has to give.

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46.

Jaime    

Brit, is a complete nut case and its sad, all her parents did was chase money from the start and not fulfill the obligations of parenting thats why the whole family is an embarrasment to their name. That is the price you pay for not staying grounded and pursuing dollar signs, great job parents!!!!!!!

2268 days ago
47.

Obama Hussein Barak is the Anti-Christ    

There is a lot of onflicting information in the tmz stories. Why was Lynn upset when the "plan" was set in motion. Some articles say that Britney's family hatched the plan, some say her family, lawyers and LAPD, some say it was all Lufti's idea. What is the real deal? In any event, I'm glad Britney's family is with her and hope they stick it out. LUFTI SHOULD GET LOST! Pray for Britney and her entire family.

2268 days ago
48.

Cake    

I thought she had borderline personality disorder. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that this is the case--not that her diagnosis should be made public.

and VICTOR--you disgusting TROLL--I'm reporting you for spam so you'd better hide.

2268 days ago
49.

Donn    

I am so glad to hear that the Judge makes the medical decisions and not the "Shady Sam," Good luck to you Britney.............

2268 days ago
50.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

#24.........I TAKE IT , YOU'RE A CELEB .........LOL

YOU'RE RIGHT , HER HOME IS A MANSION , SHE HAS EVERYTHING THERE

SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO LEAVE HER HOME UNLESS SHE WANTS TOO .......

BUT SHE DID THIS FOR DAYSSSSSS , TO LEAD THE PAPPARAZZI AROUND

WITH A LONG LEASH .......SHE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE WAS DOING

YOU MIGHT FOOL SOME PEOPLE , BUT IM NOT ONE PERSON WHO WILL

BE FOOLED WITH HER CRAZY TRICKS .........

AS FAR AS HER $740,000 A MONTH ...SHE SPENDS IT FOOLISHLY .........

SHE'S NOT CONSERVATIVE THAT'S FOR SURE ......LET HER BE LIVING

POORLY AGAIN AND SHE WILL HAVE BETTER RESPECT FOR MONEY .

2268 days ago
51.

sandykay    

Maybe a few days with her new doctor her lawyers and the judge will be the best thing for her, I hope they can get her what she needs to get better. Doing this is the only way she will get to see her kids, I hope it all works out for her. I hope Sam is realy a friend and not all about the money, Wonder why her mom was upset she went??

2268 days ago
52.

Sandeana    

It's really good that Spears is now in care, and can finally begin the process of healing. Her parents are the ones that have her best interests at heart, not her so-called friends, like Osama lufti. Federline should have some feedback in this also, since he is the father of Spears's 2 young sons and has full custody of them. And Federline and Spears's parents have been a team for ages now. Long may it stay that way. Family teamwork is the best way to go, and will probably give Spears the best shot at recovery. I wish them the best of luck.

Verizon sucks!

2268 days ago
53.

C    

Sam Lufti should most definitely not be in charge of her care. He has hidden agendas of his own, i'm sure. Jamie & Lynn Spears in charge? Another poor choice . Adnan is just along for the ride. Britney's most recent problems most likely stem from custody and family matters. Adan could be a good guy for Brit, but alas, he probably has a hidden agenda somewhere up there in his head. Who can you trust?

2268 days ago
54.

walt    

The only one that wants attention is Britney, who even cares anymore? She is a JOKE! She is OLD news and its time to move on without her stealing ALL the headlines. It's not even worth reading anymore! She needs to do all of us a favor and just disappear.

2268 days ago
55.

rachel    

THE JUDGE SHOULD KEEP HER THERE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!! SHE IS MENTALLY ILL!!! NOT A LAUGHING MATTER!!! KEEP THOSE HOWARD STERNS AWAY FROM HER!!! BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER!!!!

2268 days ago
56.

ME    

Psychiatric help is lifetime, baby! Not a 2 week affair! If she has a psychiatric problem it's possible meds will only do so much.

2268 days ago
57.

Sure, whatever    

I've gone from gleefully watching Brit's decline from pop-stardom to being genuinely concerned for her. Seeing another human being unraveling and rushing headlong into self-destruction is unsettling. What's worse is the fact that it has become entertainment for the lowest common denominator of American society.

2268 days ago
58.

I'll rent the DVD when it's done    

YAWN!

2268 days ago
59.

pooh    

Hey you, the jerk who thinks no one is bipolar. You're wrong. I know, I've lived it. And Britany looks like how it
started for me, and it's only going to get worse if untreated.

The meds for mania have a real effect, they're not a placeabo. I know within hours if I've forgotten mine because
things start going massively wrong.

You're not a doctor or even a nurse, so don't go acting like you know what's going on. What did you do, change the sheets or something?

2268 days ago
60.

An unfamous therapist in the woods of the midwest.    

As a professional who not only works with those with bipolar but also has family members with the disease, I know it is not an easy road for anyone and it always "looks" pretty bad until the designated patient and family gets their treatments in place. I do hope that not only will Brittany's children be protected but that she herself can be from the awful things that are not only being done but being said about this terrible situation as it really requires that we all, not just fans, send her and her whole family supportive comments, thoughts, and prayers rather than mean and critical ones. This could very well happen to any one of us, famous or not. Fame does not really take away our human weaknesses no matter how much we think it does. Perhaps Brittany can, with her fame, advocate for those with mental illness. She is certainly in a very blessed position to raise above this and do a lot of good for others after she does it for herself. I wish her the best guidance that the universe has in store for her.

2268 days ago
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