Details About Britney Spears' Mental Health Crisis Revealed
Earlier this month, Britney Spears announced that she needed some "me time." Following the stresses that came from her father's grave illnesses, the pop singer checked into a self-care mental health facility, where she was planning to stay for the next 30 days — at least. It was believed at the singer's family concerns were the primary reason for this visitation, though that wasn't known for certain. But now, more details have come out about Britney Spears' sudden mental health concerns.
According to TMZ, in addition to Britney Spears' growing worries about her father Jamie Spears, the singer was also in the process of adjusting her meds. Her current medication was reportedly no longer effective, and the infamously troubled musician need to be given a new series of prescriptions. But in order to do so, the doctors said Spears needed to "wean" off her current medication, and that's not something that can be done lightly. In serious cases, when people have gone off their medication — even temporarily — there is a high-risk of suicide and other side affects. That's not to claim that Britney Spears is facing these issues, but the danger was too great to handle independently.
Switching medications is not something that can be done overnight. Or, at least, it's not something that should be done overnight. It requires great care and deliberate attention. According to the report, the doctors did "trial and error" efforts with different medications. The aforementioned "errors" made Britney Spears unwilling to cooperate with doctors. Now that she's in the mental health facility, however, these medical experts believe they might have the right combination of medicine to give Britney Spears. She is expected to be at the tail-end of her stay in the center.
When Britney Spears first announced to the public that she was being admitted into this self-care mental health facility, she released a mantra on her Instagram page. Here's what it read, "Fall in Love With Taking Care Of Yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit."
Additionally, Sam Asghari, Britney Spears' boyfriend, also released a statement about his partner on Instagram. In his message, the trainer said the following:
It should be noted that Britney Spears was allowed to leave the facility on Easter under supervision from Sam Asghari. The singer was brought back the same day, and the celebrity is expected to remain in the center until the beginning of May.
Additionally, there are some rumors about Britney Spears' mental health stay which appear to be falsified. For instance, there were claims that Jaime Spears forced his daughter to attend this facility. That appears to be untrue, since this type of center does not allow a conservator like Jamie Spears to force someone into the mental health care center. In fact, Jamie Spears reportedly did not want his celebrity child to be admitted. He was said to be worried about the media perspective. It was Britney who ultimately felt inclined to make the trip for the sake of her own benefit.
Furthermore, there were reports claiming that Britney Spears was being given medication against her will, although that rumor appears to be inaccurate as well.
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