Dr. Keith Ablow on Mindy McCready's sad final chapter
No help for troubled country star?
- Duration 5:29
- Date Feb 18, 2013
No help for troubled country star?
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What we're learning more about a tragedy that shocked that country music world overnight.
And so many more 37 year old singer named -- Mindy McCready died yesterday.
In an apparent suicide at this sad final chapter for a chart topping performer whose career was often -- -- by personal problems.
All this can just weeks after -- -- boyfriend died.
And are very similar circumstances let's bring in doctor keep tablet he's a psychiatrist and a member of our Fox News medical.
Eighteen -- is one thing to not be about how someone -- suffering in silence.
-- but Mindy McCready struggles were so well publicized.
And why couldn't she be -- We'll send.
-- -- there are cases of fatal psychiatric illness as they are cases of cancer they can't be as successfully treated.
But another thing is this this is someone who was hospitalized against her will apparently.
Several days before this tragic event.
We should note that even if you do have a lot of resources because we have disassembled the psychiatric system to the extent we have it's tough to get help because the professions on the ropes.
Send it based on.
What the -- -- information that we have doctor outflow is or something that you read that would had indicated that she was incensed term while.
In these last few days vs the turmoil that she's been in obviously for several years and her stories have come up repeatedly on news.
Several -- she's had past suicide attempts she has been mired in drug and alcohol abuse.
She's obviously been suffering with.
Deep deep major depression and she recently lost.
Her boyfriend -- seemingly also to it a suicide although those are considered to be mysterious circumstances on that very same porch.
Where she's found.
Now that would seem to be -- reason to hold somebody more than a few days which is apparently.
The length of time that she was held in this facility for a valuation.
Now I'm not saying that was wrong but I can tell you that that's that cliche kind of treatment that is now offered up to people.
-- kind of -- you know revolving door in which no real effort is made to get to the bottom of things and solve them longer term.
So let's talk about some tools though for the rest of us if someone is going and -- situation like Mindy McCready she's being held for 48 hours.
-- and -- should they be asking should they be held longer what questions should be asking how would be no doctor out -- if someone.
That -- -- seeing and that's obviously in pain are there any signs that would suggest.
This is the real deal that this is a situation that could lead to suicide -- -- -- -- and take action is are there some telltale signs.
Well let's go over it quickly the signs of major depression.
Difficulty sleeping or too much sleep change in appetite low self esteem.
People who may verbalize thoughts that they don't think they can go on anymore.
And the bottom line is this yes you know I have to coach families now.
Literally to send letters from attorneys.
To the psychiatric unit saying if you discharge my loved one.
We are prepared to seek legal redress if there's a -- and then why.
Because the whole system has thrown up its hands and said you know when we -- -- so when they say they're safe.
Well if that's forty hours 48 hours after its -- was committed to a facility.
As unable to care for herself that she would meet with an untimely death potentially in 24 to 48 hours that's not going to be a very good standard wrong.
Some things to think about their doctor and I think I have lost my ear piece Ottawa what is it -- -- reconstruct the problem here and if we can't start for that -- that.
That's -- candidacy at dark traveler can get we got it well enough to build this year like you could -- I think.
You little invitation but that's OK you're gonna look like more of a doctor when you do that doctor Rob -- looks like dealing Marco Rubio is -- having an extra -- but he hasn't either.
And live television anything can happen a quick final thought if he went Mindy McCready was on the show Celebrity Rehab and part of the show is -- intention.
Supposedly is to talk about addiction and depression and and how people get help and you see these celebrities go through their struggles on this reality show.
The show at people that had been on it I believe there's been five deaths now.
Of people that have gone through the show gone through rehab and then had taken a turn for the worse -- your what is your thinking on.
Reality television like that is it helpful and -- it exposes the struggles of depression and and -- also addiction or do you think it adds some more problems than benefits.
It would be the very rare reality show that can achieve that Jenna beneficial outcome.
The truth is what it does is it it blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy it turns personal problems into the stuff of tabloid TV.
It therefore minimizes it.
And it makes people take it less seriously.
So all of those it shows that say we're helping people were confront and personal problems now what you're really doing is something akin to FaceBook allowing people to fictionalized.
Their problems and not have real empathy.
But play -- it.
Moved into saying that travel dates heavy with us as always -- at -- -- the problem.
They know -- well and I look for producer Judd -- -- and get -- like your free time -- that doctor -- take --