Mischa Barton Talks About Time in Psych Ward

| by Oh The Scandal

Mischa Barton appears on the cover of the January issue of Tatler magazine, and flips the lid on how she was sectioned last year after after having her wisdom teeth removed.

Remember when The OC star was kept under an involuntary psychiatric hold last July? Gossip had it she’d completely lost the plot, and was "otherwise detained" in the cranium area. Well, now we get the truth straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were.

In an interview with the mag (via the Daily Mail), Barton reveals a botched operation to remove two wisdom teeth led to her hospital stay, which subsequently led to the 5150 ‘hold’.

Barton reveals that she was forcibly held at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for two weeks, because doctors feared for her mental wellbeing.

The actress reveals:

“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.

“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.

“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?’”


That’s a bit grim. You go in to have your pegs fixed and end up on a psych hold. Poor girl. As for the ‘crazy eye’, just flash it back at them. Always works. Send the fool further!

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton