Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW spoke with Hollywood Life about Heather Locklear’s psychiatric hold.
We spoke to psychologist and mental health expert Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW to get a better idea of why Heather’s therapist may have made this drastic decision. Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW – who has never treated the actress – spoke EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife. “Individuals who are placed on a psychiatric hold, regardless of the state they reside in, are typically experiencing a psychiatric crisis that includes concerns of imminent dangerousness towards themselves or others,” the psychologist said. She added, “Imminent dangerousness means that there is a concern that they may be immediately at risk of engaging in behavior that could be life threatening toward themselves or other people as a result of psychiatric illness.”
As for the term 5150 that is just the name of the relevant section of California’s Welfare and Institutions Code. “Most states have different laws and statutes when it comes to how they manage individuals who they believe may be potentially imminently dangerous towards themselves or others. In California, it is called 5150,” said Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW who practices in Red Bank, New Jersey. “This is a statute or regulation in the state of California that allows an individual to be held against their will in a safe place such as an emergency room or crisis facility until the individual is no longer deemed potentially imminently dangerous as a result of psychiatric illness. Sometimes in these holds they begin treatment such as medication or talk therapy, and other times, they do not.”