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Mischa Barton says she didn't have nervous breakdown

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Tbd-mischabarton083109 Mischa Barton has finally spoken out about why she was put on psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai a month ago, but it wasn't because she had a nervous breakdown -- she had just had particularly bad wisdom tooth surgery. We normally don't freak out about dental work until after we get the bill.

"It was a nightmare," the 23-year-old told Time Out New York. "I've never had surgery before -- it all went wrong and I had to have a second surgery and it almost delayed shooting (on The Beautiful Life) because it was a nightmare to me, because I couldn't deal with the thought of not getting there on time. So with the travel and surgery and prep for the show, it was hell."

Of course, ending up in the mental ward is a bit of a bigger delay. She also blames not being able to take painkillers, since they would ruin shooting, and that she was "down in the dumps about everything there for awhile" because oh-so-many things happened at once. It wasn't a "full-on nervous breakdown," she insists.

"But it was pretty bad," she said. "It didn't last that long ... Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed out just to feel better again."

Wow, she's really taking this role as a stressed-out model to heart.

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