Mischa Barton Blames Her Teeth for Psych Hold

Celebuzz / August 27, 2009

Hey, remember back in July, when Mischa Barton was put under involuntary psych hold at Cedars-Sinai?

Yeah, well she can explain all that. 

Apparently, her teeth made her go batty.

The actress tells Time Out New York that she eventually cracked from the trauma of a “terrible” wisdom tooth surgery, coupled with the rigors of doing her job.

“I had to get through it without proper painkillers because I couldn’t take those during work,” Barton recalls. “So it’s been a nightmare.”

Also contributing to Barton’s fragile mental state was the stress she experienced while preparing for her new series The Beautiful Life.

“I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while,” Barton continues. “Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed out just to feel better again. I got completely stressed out and couldn’t handle everything, and now I feel really in control.”

While stopping short of categorizing the episode as a mental breakdown, Barton does allow that it “was pretty bad”—even though she thinks the whole thing was blown out of proportion in celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles.

“The funny thing is, if all this happened in New York, no one would care,” Barton reflects. “New York lets you be who you are, and people aren’t as judgmental. I’m so glad to be back here.”

Hmm. Yeah.

Let us know in the comments section: Do you buy Mischa Barton’s explanation?