I Feel For Ya, Britney!January 31, 2008 at 9:43 am | Posted in Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Bipolar, Britney Spears, Bulimia, Buspar, Drama, Kristin Bell, Lithium, Mania, Manic, Manic-Depressive, Medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mood Stabilizers, Prescription Meds, Problems, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psycho, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Support System, Surviving, Therapist | 6 Comments
Okay, I rarely write about celebrity gossip, but overnight Britney Spears was taken into the hospital for psychiatric evaluation and I guess I feel the need to comment. From what I’ve heard on the news, she hasn’t slept since Saturday and she’s now on a 72-hour hold. I have also been in this situation. It isn’t fun. She is probably on the hold, because she doesn’t want to voluntarily be admitted. I’m just guessing here.
I feel so bad for Britney. Mental illness sucks ass. And, it is sometimes very difficult to get the treatment that you need in this country, because the system errs on the side of personal freedom. Now, that may not sound like a bad thing, except when you are someone with REAL mental problems and you are still able to talk your way out of being held for treatment. Actually, probably the only reason why I’m even writing this right now, is because my psychiatrist went to a judge and said I needed to be held in the hospital for longer. Of course, at the time I was really pissed off about being in the hospital which seemed a lot like jail at the time, and so I went to the hearing and said that my doctor was a liar and that I didn’t need to be held!
Well, it is over seven years later now, and all I can say is: Thank God for small miracles! Thank God I was held longer and put on medications that I really didn’t agree with at the time. Thank God the judge listened to my psychiatrist and NOT me! If I had gotten out after the 72-hour hold and if I had returned to my life who knows what would have happened! Really, I don’t even know if I’d be alive to talk about it. And, I’m not just being flip. I kind of doubt that I would have survived much longer.
I mean, I was in the hospital after already trying to flee to Canada to become a Canadian citizen in the middle of the night. This was after I thought I was homeless, so I slept on the streets in Seattle for awhile even though I did have a home. This was all after I drove 115 miles per hour swerving in between cars on the freeway. After I swallowed toxic ink. After I tried to kill myself several times. After I was pulled off of an overpass that I almost jumped off of. And after a LOT of other shit. Quite frankly, I’m not even sure how I survived long enough to make it into the hospital, but I am SO GLAD I did and I am SO GLAD my psychiatrist finally put the brakes on my out of control life.
I just hope that Britney can get the care she needs and that someone can put the brakes on in her situation as well. I’ve never really been a Britney fan or anything, but I hate to think of her suffering and spinning out of control. And, I would really really hate to see her end up dead. It is sad but true that mental illness doesn’t spare anyone. Even rich, famous, beautiful people can become ill. Let’s just hope that all of her money and fame can somehow help her get the treatment she needs so she doesn’t end up another tragedy.