After initial reports of singer Tamar Braxton being rushed to the hospital for an apparent suicide attempt, Braxton was moved over the weekend to another Los Angeles hospital that has top specialists in the field of mental health — including depression, anxiety, and sexual assault trauma.
More details are coming out about the incident.
According to TMZ.com, they obtained a recorded call from Tamar’s boyfriend, David Adefeso, who was the one who found Tamar unresponsive. In the recorded call, he explained to the dispatcher that the singer had been having trouble with WeTV — and he explained how the issues came to a head last Thursday before he found her unresponsive in their hotel room.
According to David’s 911 call — made Thursday night from the Ritz Carlton in downtown L.A. — Tamar also left a note before her apparent attempt to take her own life, and he claims she was mixing alcohol with medication she uses to treat anxiety and depression.
Tamar’s reality show, “Braxton Family Values,” airs on WeTV and she had reportedly been upset with producers for using her childhood trauma — alleged assaults and rape — to boost ratings.
Like in Tamar’s case, now that reports claim she is still hospitalized, but stable, we take a look at what type of treatment they may have for her. Mental health crisis treatment involves is when a person is admitted to the hospital for intensive treatment. Private psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals with a psychiatric floor or state psychiatric hospitals are designed to be safe settings for intensive mental health treatment. This can involve observation, diagnosis, changing or adjusting medications, ECT treatments, stabilization, correcting a harmful living situation, etc.
If a person and their doctor agree that inpatient treatment is a good idea, they will be admitted on a voluntary basis, meaning that they choose to go. Some private hospitals will only take voluntary patients.
If a person is very ill and refuses to go to the hospital or accept treatment, involuntary hospitalization is an option. The legal standard for an involuntary hospitalization requires that a person be considered a “danger to self or others.” This type of hospitalization usually results in a short stay of up to 3 days but can occasionally last a week or so longer.
For an involuntary hospitalization to be extended, which it seems like this may be the case for Tamar, a court hearing needs to be…