Mischa Barton opens up about her 5150 hold

Back on July 16, 2009, it was reported that the previous Wednesday, Mischa Barton was placed on an involuntary 5150 hold. The LAPD enforced the psychiatric hold on the actress, who was then transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

At the time, the only thing we knew about the incident was that it had something to do with her recent (at the time) dental surgery.

In the new issue of Tatler, Mischa opened up about the involuntary hold and what went down to cause it. She says that she was placed under the hold after she lashed out at nursing staff who were trying to inject her with painkillers to treat an infection caused by the removal of her wisdom teeth.

She said, “I had this terrible surgery to remove my wisdom teeth and it drove me mad. I had infections and I couldn’t eat anything except Slush Puppies for three months and I can’t tell you how awful it was… Anyway, I’d had enough and I went to the hospital. I was in a lot of pain and if they feel you are depressed or a danger to yourself they can hold you on a 5150.”

She went on, “I am terrified of needles and they wanted to pump me full of drugs and I said, ‘No, absolutely not. I don’t want to be here’, and got into a fight with the nurses, and that led to my 5150.”

She added, “Part of me wishes those things had never happened in the public eye. I wish I could have been perfect. For ages after that 5150, I’d walk down the street and people would give me the crazy eye: ‘There’s Mischa Barton, she’s insane, isn’t she?'”

Craziness! (No pun intended.)

Mischa Barton opens up about her 5150 hold was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by Lydia Harris
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