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Originally posted 08/27/2009 02:25PM
A month after being placed under psychiatric hold, Mischa Barton is speaking out for the first time about her hospitalization.
"I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once," the actress, 23, tells Time Out New York.
The former O.C. star says before she was scheduled to start filming the CW show The Beautiful Life, she had been traveling abroad "for contract stuff" and then had a "terrible" wisdom tooth surgery – a procedure she says went wrong and is "still just healing."
Originally posted 08/13/2009 07:10PM
Back to work after dealing with "personal issues," Mischa Barton strips down for cast photo for her upcoming drama The Beautiful Life.
In the show, which premieres on the CW on Sept. 16, Barton (center) plays a model back in New York after a stint abroad. Her friend, a young model played by Sarah Paxton (second from the right), is helping out a handsome – but still wet behind the ears – male model played by Benjamin Hollingsworth (second from left).
Living at a models' residence are High School Musical's Corbin Bleu (right), and a top male model played by Nico Tortorella (left). – Aaron Parsley
Originally posted 08/12/2009 01:55PM
When it comes to shaping up Mischa Barton is nothing but serious. Currently in New York City to shoot the TV show A Beautiful Life, the actress has been hitting the downtown Equinox gym and even hiring a trainer.
"Mischa is really focused on getting into shape,” says a source with knowledge of the situation. Last month, the actress, 23, suffered a breakdown and spent several days in a psychiatric ward after police were called to her home in Los Angeles.
The focus on fitness might be just what Barton needed. "She has big self-esteem issues," a source close to her told PEOPLE last month. "She hates her legs. She isn't comfortable with her body. It's been a big source of stress and self-hate."
Originally posted 07/30/2009 01:15PM
After being placed under involuntarily psychiatric hold earlier this
month, Mischa Barton is back at work and doing "great," her costars on The Beautiful Life tell PEOPLE.
"We had our first read-through [Wednesday] and we're all so very excited to have her back. She's such a great girl," costar Sara Paxton said at Model Home Project's pre-launch celebration for The Power of WE at The Gates in New York on Wednesday.
"We really didn't talk about everything that's been going on. It was really all work," Paxton adds.
Originally posted 07/28/2009 01:50PM
Mischa Barton is on schedule to return to the set of her CW show, The Beautiful Life, PEOPLE confirms.
The 23-year-old actress "will be resuming production as planned with the rest of the cast in NYC," her rep tells PEOPLE. "She's back to business as usual." The show is due to start filming Friday.
Barton was hospitalized July 15, but has been making improvements, her rep told PEOPLE.
Originally posted 07/22/2009 02:30PM
A week after calling police with a health problem and being placed under a psychiatric hold, Mischa Barton is "making improvements" and will get back to work, her rep tells PEOPLE.
Specific details about the 23-year-old actress's condition were not available but Barton's rep says she is "still seeking treatment" and plans to return to work on the CW show The Beautiful Life, which is scheduled to begin production July 31.
Friends have said the former O.C. star is "dealing with personal issues" and has been on "a destructive path" for a while.
Originally posted 07/21/2009 06:10PM
Mischa Barton's personal demons not only included a DUI arrest, relationship breakups and a hospitalization at a psychiatric ward – the actress also struggled with a fluctuating weight and body image.
"She has big self-esteem issues. ... She hates her legs," says a source close to Barton. "She isn't comfortable with her body. It's been a big source of stress and self-hate."
Speculation about 23-year-old actress's weight and nasty comments from tabloids and blogs also fueled insecurity.
Originally posted 07/20/2009 04:50PM
Mischa Barton's behavior – partying and reported drug and alcohol use – over the past two years has cost her friendships with close pals, including Nicole Richie, a source tells PEOPLE.
"In the last few years, her dark side has really come out," says the source, who is close to both Richie and Barton. "Her friends, like Nicole, want to be supportive but they really can't be around her too much. She's too volatile."
"It makes us sad, but we're also like, 'Pull it together and get help already,'" adds the source.
Originally posted 07/20/2009 08:55AM
As the star of her new thriller Homecoming, Mischa Barton would have basked in the limelight of her premiere in New York City on Thursday night.
Instead, she remained hospitalized in Los Angeles after police were called to her home earlier in the week for assistance. Her rep told PEOPLE that on the "recommendation of her doctor" she was resting in a hospital.
But Barton was missed by the director and producers of her new film, who wished her a speedy recovery.
"I'm very concerned about [Mischa]," says Austin Stark, a producer on the film. "First and foremost, we hope she gets better. I don't know exactly what happened ... I wish she wasn't going through the turmoil that she is right now."
Originally posted 07/17/2009 05:45PM
News of Mischa Barton's hospitalization has friends worried about her health – though some say they saw this coming.
"She has been on a destructive path for a while now," a friend of the actress tells PEOPLE. "Her drug and alcohol [use] has gotten to a point where it drove people away."
The star of The O.C., 23, who sources say has been "dealing with a lot of personal issues," is under psychiatric evaluation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after calling police with a health problem on Wednesday.
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