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How Britney's Second Psychiatric Hold Went Down

1/31/2008 11:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsTMZ has broken story after story in the middle of the night, detailing the second commitment of Britney Spears that occurred in the last few hours. For all of you who have just logged on, here's a summary:

Last night, Britney's new psychiatrist went to her home and felt she was a danger to herself and others -- partly because of her reckless driving and partly because of her "downhill behavior." As a result, the shrink launched a plan (days in the making) to have Britney committed to UCLA Medical Center by calling the cops.

Sources tell us the cops knew it was coming. In fact, the plan was for cops and paramedics to take Britney away the night before, but it was scrubbed. Last night, it all went down according to plan. Cops even used code to minimize craziness in transporting Britney to the hospital. Over the police radio, she was referred to as "The Package."

Before the cops arrived, the shrink told her she was going back to the hospital and she offered no resistance. She said, "Is something wrong?" She made hot chocolate and waited. Her mom, Lynne, got extremely agitated, accusing Sam of engineering the impending commitment. We're told Brit told her to "shut the hell up." She demanded silence, sat on the floor and wrote notes to people who were there as they waited. When emergency personnel arrived, Brit went on the gurney without resistance.
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When everyone arrived at UCLA, things got heated. Jamie Spears began screaming at Sam Lutfi, accusing him of trying to control Britney. We're told as far as the doctors are concerned -- at least for now -- Lynne and Jamie Spears are not calling the shots. The point guy for the docs is Brit's friend, Sam Lutfi.

Sources say after Britney's commitment earlier this month, she was extremely upset at her dad for getting angry at Sam and the hospital staff. Britney had lawyers draft several documents, however, we're told she did not sign a durable power of attorney giving Lutfi the power to make medical decisions on her behalf. Nevertheless, something was signed and doctors are going to Lutfi for guidance. Jamie went off on Lutfi in the hallway, accusing him of trying to control his daughter.

Britney has been calm in the hospital, even getting a "cigarette break."

Trashy Brit -- click to launchWe're told during the initial 72-hour stay she cannot be forced to take medication against her will. If, however, she refuses to take the meds, the plan is for the psychiatrist to go to court and have Britney held for an additional 14 days, during which time he could administer proper medications.

As TMZ first reported, Britney has already been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and has sporadically taken her medication. But one source says the meds just aren't doing the trick.

Oh, and get this. Lynne Spears drove to the hospital tonight with Brit's pap friend Adnan!

Stay tuned.

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That hospital caravan was highly overblown. Tax payers should be irate at the waste. A couple of cop cars to deal with the papparazzi is all that was needed. Britney is very sick and I hope this time she'll be kept in the hospital long enough to get the help she needs. And I hope her mother rots in hell for what she's done to that girl.

2457 days ago

Phineas T. Thunderballs    

Why does everyone send hatemail and fan letters. Who cares! Does Brittney Spears pay your bills or clean your dishes!? Does she bring you to the Red carpet or her wild parties.

2457 days ago


Most young women party in public without their panties or bras. Does that make them all mentally ill?

Most young women dress like sluts these days -- same question.

Most young girls behave muchmore like sluts than Britney does. -- same question.

2457 days ago


Hey, you can't help who you are. If you act indecent, then you lose respect and gain a bad reputation. That's her problem, she's gotta deal with it. Her problem with herself is she has so much money that she thinks she can buy herself out of anything. But people like Britney and Paris aren't to be blamed for, there just payed and used as toys to gain our attention. My final conclusion for the cause of their behavior (which is something we complain everyday) - WHERE THE HELL ARE THE PARENTS IN ALL THIS?? No, parents aren't perfect and they're only human, and society puts alot of pressure on them to be good role models, but this world has so many divorces it kills the children deep inside. Then,with the help of money, they become people like Britney! Thus, my children, we have the internet to exploit on their behavior and chat about it. The worst part is, people ALL over the world know about this s**t.

2457 days ago


Doesn't anyone else think that she is schizophrenik based on the reports of her? Bipolar is just severe highs and lows... not multiple personalities. This girl needs some real help and even though it is sad her kids can't be with her, it is definitely warranted. Imagine if they had been in the car when she was "lost"? I really hope this is the beginning of a turn around for her.

2457 days ago

Alexia Alayna    

Ship Ahoy Britney! I'm so glad you can have a peice of mind now and some peace. It's really sad that you had to get security at the Level of the President of the United States to get away from the blood sucking I understand the story of Howard Hughes. They were probably listening to everytime you swallowed your slavia. Girl had to write notes to her friends and family in her own house to not let the bugs hear her talk in her own home. I pray you have a peaceful vacation and I'm sure you are very happy now close to Priates of the Carribean. Love you Britney

2457 days ago


I can't believe what this poor girl is going through, it's bad enough being a so-called celebrity and having every move you make pounced on by the media. I think everyone including the media should back off and give her and those close to her the space they deserve. Her medical issues are nobody's business except hers and the people that are treating her. So all the paparazzi should back off and leave her alone. Go find someone else to pounce on!!!!!

Britney - my heart goes out to you as you try to deal with the situation the best that you can. Praying for you. Hope you get well and feel better soon!

2457 days ago

Britney, a Lot of People Care About You    

I could only make it to comment number 765 before I had to go to church for choir practice. I decided to light a candle for Britney while I'm there. I would say that if MY grandmother was British, like Britney's was, then I too might speak with a British accent from time to time, just for the fun of it. Actually my Gramma was German & we DID speak with "Chermin" accents from time to time, just to be silly with her. Back to Britney. Her aunt just tragically died a little while ago from, ovarian cancer, I think? And that can have a genetic component. Nobody can imagine the grief and stress she is going through. EVERYONE who has said anything negative (Shar Jackson's people from beautiful downtown (hellhole) Fresno, perhaps?) should just shut up and leave the whole family alone. I totally agree that Weird Al Yankovich had it right on the money about Federline, also. Love ya Brit! There are lots of great guys who would give you so much more than your ex would, you should be FED UP with him!! And there are lots of us Moms out here who are in your corner, and lots of us Hollywood types who know that you live in a 24/7 world, and your schedule is not the same as the average jealous Joe or Jane six-pack who couldn't summon any talent that YOU have in your discarded toenail clippings. Just please don't shave your head anymore; we all know that K-EX can do it to hide whatever he may or may not have partaken of, but you have gorgeous hair, so leave it on there! Take good care of yourself and show us what you're made of. Rent a yacht or something to keep the papaRATS away and get yourself back on your feet. Get tested for any and all food allergies or sensitivities and if you need meds, take your time about finding the right ones. Good thoughts for you, kid!

2457 days ago

Bipolar as well    

I wish people would leaver her alone and understand what she is going through. No one deserves to be plagued with mental illness, I can tell you that first hand. Diganosis is a long and grueling road and treatment can be an even longer grueling road. And even after you find the right nix of meds there may be one day when that mix stops working... trust me I've been through it time and time again. Brittney shows classic signs of Biolar I disorder. So for those of you who say you are bipolar and you dont act like that you probably have the less severe form of bipolar disorder.... Bipo;ar II disorder. Just leave the poor girl alone, she is suffering enough without the negative comments and the paps.

2457 days ago


I'm not at all surprised by this. What I am surprised about is people are defending her. She's done this to herself. Her parents have played a role in helping her get to the mess she's in, but she's an adult now! Her parents are in this for the money, that much is for sure, but she needs to pull herself together. How old is she? She looks and acts like white trash and I've given up on her. She used to be alright, but now she's just disgusting! I hope she gets the help she needs, but at this point I doubt she'll ever clean up her act. Whoever first said "Look at our tax dollars at work!" you are right on the money! That's absolutely asinine. Cut your losses. I sincerely hope she proves me wrong and gets it together, if for no other reason than those kids. They need someone to depend on, and right now there is no one (with an exception of maybe Uncle Bryan who we haven't ever seen in the news ) that they can look up to.

2457 days ago

Bart Hanley    

Britney has a chemical imbalance is her brain which qualifies her with the label "mentally ill". Either her mind races with a
rapid flow of ideas, or it slows it's electrical firings to the point of physically hurting depression. Doctors call this manic depression. When she rises up out of her depression, with great effort or doing things that excite her mind, of her own volition,
that is when she goes further than most people; in to a manic phase. Then she is out of control, and needs help to climb back down to normalcy. The problem is that she drops below normalcy into the hurtful depression that is most painful.

The trick is funding the right combo of drugs, two, that will give her a permanent boost out of the depression she loathes.
First give her the most effective anti-depressant so that there is no slippage downward in her mood. When she gets rid of the depressive phase, observe her behavior as she tends toward mania, which she may not. The work she has to do to getout of
her depression, not being needed anymore, she may find herself feeling better without the work it had taken previously on her
own part. If she does go from a bad depressive episode to mania over a week's period or less, then add perphenazine to the
anti-depressant that she first started. Then titrate the quantity of each until the girl resolves to a normalcy or near normalcy
observabe by doctors.

In the meantime, let her alone with her doctors. It may take months or years for Ms. Spears to get back to a normal life. She must be convinced that she should never get off of her meds. She is on them permanently. That makes taking any other kinds of drugs or alcohol impossible. They do not mix. Her friends should visit her when they call first. And they should stay by her side when she is released from the hospital. But they should not tempt her with any kind of contraband with the potential to
ruin her progress. No uppers, downers, or anything that might affect her mood. Not even cigarettes.

I wish her luck in finding the proper medication. Sometimes that is not an easy thing to do as many anti-depressants wear off
quickly or over time. One thing she can do that will "cure her" is to look deeply inside herself to find the one thing that she has always been interested in, but never pursued. Animal care, sea diving, saving species of animals in jeopardy, painting,
writing, or growing plants or vegetables. Just a sample; but something in which she has always had an interest. She may open her own shop. Everyone would shop there if the shop was appealing.


2457 days ago

Cheryl Z.    

wtf is "a bi-polar disorder???" I'm bi-polar this article makes it sound like there are tons of different kinds of bi-polar disorders. You are either one or two and frankly, she doesn't seem to be either, in my opinion and believe me, I've seen it all and lived through a lot of my own "episodes" to know what she has been portaying is NOT bi-polar disorder...she does however seem like an unbalanced addict of some sort...drugs and booze perhaps? Seems like she's been mimicking certain characteristics and thats why someone started the rumor that she's bi-polar but who made TMZ a psychiatrist? LMAO

2457 days ago


Why are the meds referred to as proper or nccry? Obviously, they're NOT working. She needs to be somewhere where the life draining elements are far removed, whether they be paparazzi, so-called "friends", money-hungry exes, you name it, where she can rest as much as she needs, take some time for herself without constantly being criticized, second-guessed, and followed with flashing lights going off everywhere she goes. I would challenge any one of you to keep your sanity under those conditions for just one month, let alone years. I think it would drive anyone insane. Also, how many of us parents have slipped up here & there? Can you imagine the entire world knowing about it every time you messed up? I think you'd become so self-concious, you'd be messing up just because you're so flustered all the time. NO ONE would want to live under that kind of scrutinizing microscope.

2457 days ago

Bipolar as well    

Aderall alone without a mood stabilizer is known to make mania MUCH MUCH WORSE

2457 days ago


God isnt their one day where celeberti can have some privacy? Just leave Brit aln...shs sick right now damn people have respect at all its sck..

2457 days ago
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