Mischa Barton opens up about 'breakdown'

Former "The O.C." star Mischa Barton has opened

Former "The O.C." star Mischa Barton has opened up about her 2009 involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Credit: Jimi Celeste)

Former "The O.C." star Mischa Barton has opened up about her 2009 involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"It was a full-on breakdown," she says in the new issue of People magazine, out Friday. "I was under enormous pressure."

Barton, 27, had blamed the hold on a fight with nurses following a hospital visit for a wisdom-tooth extraction.

She said in reality she had blacked out under a sedative shortly after her parents attempted an intervention. Hospitalized, she was placed in the psychiatric ward after threatening to kill herself.

Says Barton now, "I was never suicidal. I was just overworked and depressed. But one slip of the tongue in a heightened moment and you find yourself in that situation."

Barton, who owns a London boutique and says she is at work on movie projects and a television pilot, reflected, "I've learned a lot. I'm stronger now and excited for what's ahead."

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