Mischa Barton Taken to Psych Ward

Just hours before she was due to fly to New York for the premiere of her new movie, "Homecoming", Mischa Barton was taken away by police and hospitalized under California's involuntary psychiatric-hold law. Police were called to the actress' home around 3pm Wednesday to assist her with a "medical issue."

Now it has been revealed that cops took her to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was then hospitalized under Section 5150 of the California Welfare & Institutions Code that allows authorities to hold a person for up to 72 hours if they present a danger to themselves or to others.

At a public appearance last week, Barton was extremely bloated and nearly unrecognizable, which her raps have blamed on the removal of a wisdom tooth.

Last year, the former O.C. star was arrested for DUI and marijuana possession in LA, and later checked into rehab.

Barton's publicist told People magazine that "Police were involved due to Ms. Barton's celebrity status to safely transfer her to medical treatment as per doctor's orders." The rep added that she was now "OK" and "resting."

That still, however, doesn't explain the visit to the psych ward or why she's being held there.

Barton's film, "Homecoming", opens in theaters this week. In the film, which is very reminiscent of 1990's "Misery", she plays the role of Shelby, the former girlfriend of a now-college football player who has an unhealthy obsession with him and becomes enraged when he returns home with a new girlfriend.


Psych medications for illnesses such as schyzophrenia cause a body retention of water which causes immediate bloating of anyone taking them. Also, it is reported that 99% of schyzophrenia patients on medication do not like it and feel that it is being used to poison them, thus they are not always medicated. When medication is not taken regularly and properly one will have a psych episode which requires police and hospital intervention and 5150 holds to get the person properly medicated. This is a fact, and not speculation. Dig into this and you may find this may be what is going on

simple truth is, that, she is a druggie. why do these movie and famous people turn to drugs?, Don't they know about those others that were addicted so bad, people like John Belushi, Janis Joplin, Andy Gibb, and others that died of drug overdoses. Why do these talented people use the drugs, to get high. Why do they need to get high, with all the money they have, the nice homes, the nice cars, that should be enough reason for a natural high. All of them are so very stupit. They might be talented, but, they are not ingelligent people at all.

Could you have withstood the sort of 24 hour scrutiny and pressure these young people are subjected to? They are hardly stupid. Some of the most brilliant people in history had addictions or undiagnosed chemical imbalances in their brain. Do not judge what you do not know first hand.

It is also true that individuals with bi-polar disorder will discontinue mood stabilizing meds some of which can cause weight gain and water retention. Not familiar with CA mental health laws, but in my state people are routinely placed on a 72 hour hold if the physician feels they present a danger to self or others. Possibly Ms. Barton was given pain meds for wisdom teeth. If she mixed these with alcohol and any other prescription meds, she might have had an unsafe med interaction. Such an interaction might manifest as inability to sleep which can create a sleep deprivation physcosis. Don't be too quick to judge. A great many people have mood or thought disorders which do not surface until their early 20's or 30's. The 72 hour hold will likely be lifted once her condition has stabilized. She showed insight into her condition by reaching out for help. Some of these young stars are thrust into the spotlight and wealth before they have the emotional maturity to handle the pressure. They live their lives in a fishbowl. How many of us could withstand that sort of pressure? If the world would allow them their privacy, likely fewer of them would have the problems the public seems all too ready on which to judge them. These situations rarely reflect a lack of morality. Simply a lack of strength which comes from experience. I genuinely wish the paparazzi and the public which fuels them would leave the stars alone. Let them live their lives in peace. The only pictures or news of them that should really matter is that which surrounds a premiere or release of a new work. Blessings to Mischa. I hope she has the family support she needs.

... OR, she could have posed a threat to herself from pain meds due to her dental procedure. They can be very addicting, they can make you sick if you're allergic, and of course are harmful if taken not accoriding to ones directions...

These famous people get high for the same reasons non-famous people do. Addiction is an illness that does not discriminate and it will take anyone down that it can, regardless of what they appear to have as far as intgelligence and wealth. Couple addicion with a little mental instability, and you have a timebomb waiting to go off.

5150 hold can be placed on a person for alot of reasons. If the authorities feel that they are a danger to themselves or others, hopefully they do not hesitate to place them on a 5150 hold. This disease is no joke.

I'm a nobody, what I say about movies or TV doesn't matter

But, I do hope she finds peace in her life

If she was high and f***ing up her career, I hope she fixes that

If she is mentally ill, I hope she finds the treatment she needs

I only saw her in a few things, but I really enjoyed what I saw. So I hope that things turn out OK for her