Barton: Tooth Surgery Led to Breakdown

Mischa talks The Beautiful Life and rumors of drug abuse—sort of
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2009 10:00 AM CDT
In this April 21, 2009 file photo, actress Mischa Barton arrives at a central London hotel for the launch of a new handbag collection.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
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(Newser) – Mischa Barton is speaking out for the first time about last month’s “involuntary psychiatric hold,” and the troubled actress pins much of the blame on wisdom tooth surgery. “It was a nightmare," she tells Time Out New York. "I’ve never had surgery before—it all went wrong and I had to have a second surgery,” she says. “I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm.”

Her mother checked her into the psychiatric hospital, but Barton remains vague about the diagnosis. "I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom just to feel better again.” Was it a nervous breakdown or drugs? “I don’t know,” she says. “I’m not sure I’m capable of a full-on nervous breakdown.”