The Hollywood Lowdown: Of Pictures and Prima Donnas

I recently watched the movie Shrink starring Kevin Spacey, and I determined the movie was all Hollywood, and probably very little Hollywood shrink. Where, after all, can you find a shrink who blows weed all the time, but doesn’t fill out prescriptions for psychiatric drugs? The news reports all say psychoanalyst is dying, and drug treatment booming. Are things a little slow to catch up on these matters over there in the Hollywood Hills? You’d think all sorts of actor types, and would be actor types, would be showing up at his doorsteps looking for a mental anguish pain killer to be put on. He wrote a book on achieving happiness, but he doesn’t seem to be very happy himself. Whatever happened to Paxil, Celestra, etc? Don’t those shrink guys dish those drugs out right, left, and center? This shrink writing about the key to happiness he hasn’t found himself, doesn’t deal in antidepressants? I find that highly unlikely. On the other hand, he might realize sugar pills do as well, of course, and that long term antidepressant use has negative consequences. If he had made such a leap, well, he’d have been an exception among shrinks. The thing is the guy felt like a failure because he was unhappy, and he was counseling people on their lack of happiness.

This brings me to the real subject of this post, Lindsey Lohan. Lindsey Lohan left jail early for psychiatric rehab. Whoopee! My counterbalancing thought is that that might have been a big mistake because it could have meant more time than jail time. That thought was quickly vanquished by the fact that the present buzz has the rehab center she’s being held in claiming Lindsey was misdiagnosed. As ALLVOICES Entertainment news puts it, questioningly, Lindsay Lohan’s Problems Caused By Medical Misdiagnosis?

Sources say the doctors at the UCLA rehab facility who evaluated actress Lindsay Lohan have concluded she does not suffer from the drug or psychiatric problems that were previously diagnosed.

I’m still waiting for the diagnosis she has if all her other diagnoses are incorrect. She must have something. You never hear of shrinks being locked up for wrongful “diagnosis”.

They believe that Lindsay was misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed Adderall, an amphetamine, to treat it.

A prominent addiction specialist, Dr. Joe Haraszti told TMZ that people who take the drug when they don’t need it can experience similar effects as those who use cocaine or methamphetamine (a.k.a. crystal meth).

The doctors at the UCLA rehab facility don’t think that the “Mean Girls” star is an addict. They also disagree with Morningside Recovery, the rehab facility that determined Lindsay was bipolar. They say she’s not.

Alright. ADHD and Bipolar disorder down, what else you got?

In a latest update, Lindsay’s attorney Shawn Chapman Holley says, “I have never seen any psych report concerning Ms. Lohan which references a ‘bi-polar’ diagnosis or an addiction to ‘methamphetamine.’ I think this is a total fabrication.”

I wish I had her lawyer.

The article concludes, mock ironically, by asking if Lindsey is not just a victim. Let me tell you, she’s not a victim. Is she a victim of misdiagnosis and misprescription? Maybe. Just like thousands of other people, only they don’t have the money and influence to buy their way out of these things. It looks like Lindsey’s going to get a relatively clean bill of mental health unlike so many other people these days. If it’s not this, it’s that, unless we’ve seen you on the silver screen apparently.

The good news? If Lindsey’s adderall was making her act strange, maybe there are a lot of other people out there who aren’t ADHD or bipolar either, maybe there are other people who are acting strange because of the drugs they’ve been placed on. All we have to do now is to convince the doctors.

Look out! Once released, who knows what Lindsey Lohan will have to do next to maintain her notoriety?