Mischa Barton's Meltdown in Full 'View'

Actress offers bizarre explanation for mysterious hospitalization on "The View."

September 11, 2009, 9:43 AM

Sept. 11, 2009 — -- Maybe Mischa Barton can't take the heat of Hollywood.

In an interview airing today on ABC's "The View," the 23-year-old former "O.C." actress opens up about her mysterious stint in the hospital after police removed her from her Los Angeles home in July.

Frankly, she doesn't make a lot of sense. Barton describes her hospitalization as "silly" despite the fact that she was "completely overwhelmed."

Tune in for Barton's full interview today on 'The View,' 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

"I mean, really it was blown out of proportion, so it's kind of silly now to be talking about it because I'm so fine now, but it was really just a bad time for me. It was sort of one of those things that was like a perfect storm. Everything happened at once," Barton begins.

"View" creator and co-host Barbara Walters then points out Barton was in the psychiatric ward, "not just the regular hospital," which sends the actress in a completely different direction, blaming her meltdown on dental work.

"Right, I mean, it was just ... I was overwhelmed," she says. "I had too much work going on. I had a surgery for my wisdom teeth that went really badly. I had been in the hospital. I had two surgeries on my wisdom teeth. I had four taken out and they had gotten it really badly wrong. They had to drill into my jaw and I was just in really excruciating pain."

"I had an infection and a dry socket and I woke up on a Sunday morning and there was no doctor available," Barton continues. "I was trying to take the minimum amount of pain killers and get through it because I had to go to work soon and I was getting ready to go do this show, 'The Beautiful Life,' and meanwhile I still had a schedule to travel. I was going to Europe. I was going to London. I had things to do and I was prepping to do photo shoots and I was just overwhelmed. I had so much work to do and the surgery had gone so badly for me. And I think that I was just starting to feel completely overwhelmed. It was just too much to have this surgery go so wrong."

When "View" co-host Joy Behar asks why the actress was put in a psychiatric hospital if her pain was physical, Barton inexplicably gushes about her fear of needles.

"When they take you into the hospital for something when it goes really wrong if you're having a meltdown and you say something like 'I feel like I want to die,' ... they start injecting you with things to calm down. Like I'm petrified of needles. Like absolutely petrified ... you can't come anywhere ... I had my blood drawn once in my life for my insurance," she says.

But apparently, all's well in Barton's world now.

"I just figure that if you hit rock bottom like that ... and you're around people, you know, you realize I'm nothing like these people," she says. "I have a career, I worked so hard for it. I'm such a positive person and I really ... I think you can overcome anything and for me having that kind of chronic pain for the first time in my life, like being in serious pain was such a wakeup call because, you know, I've seen friends go though terrible, terrible pain and I've worked in hospitals and never experienced it myself. And I have such a newfound respect for people who live with that kind of pain and I think it was just a wakeup call for me about life and respecting life so much more."

"Anyway, I got really healthy since then," Barton adds. "I've just been doing everything I can to keep my job happy and healthy and I've moved to New York with my two dogs and I have a great apartment I just got."

After Barton's roller coaster of revelations, "View" co-host Sherri Shepherd sums up the interview perfectly.

"Congratulations," she says.