David Hasselhoff’s 5150 Psychiatric Hold at Cedars Sinai May Save His Life

Yesterday I blogged about David Hasselhoff and if he didn’t sort himself out, he would end up having the same fate as my former neighbor, the now deceased actor Dennis Cole, who sadly died a cold and lonely death in a Florida ER after taking drugs and alcohol. I said in my blog that I hoped Cedars Sinai Medical Center would put David Hasselhoff under a 5150 Psych hold and thank goodness my prayers were answered! I am thrilled about that.

I really thought he might be a severe danger to himself as well as to others especially if he got it in his head that he was fit enough to drive. Thank goodness the staff of Cedars saw fit to put him under observation for his own good. This was the exact same hold that Britney was put under when she had her issues and it was thought she might be harmful to herself. Look how wonderfully Britney Sears has done. I pray that David will do just as well.

When Britney Spears was having her issues, two years ago an anonymous blogger called “dissent” on a website called pogowasright.org wrote what I thought was an absolutely ridiculous blog, accusing me of diagnosing Britney Spears and making other silly and false allegations. As a media psychologist to which all of my fellow media psychologists can attest, we give our opinions and explore all possibilities that could have been ailing a particular newsmaker.

We report and educate about what we see based on our experience in these matters. It is just our opinion. It’s exactly what political pundits do, except they do it with politics. Just as the political pundits are not in the White House or in the meetings where political negotiations are taking place, likewise, we media psychologists like Dr. Phil or Dr. Laura and Dr. Drew or a host of others, do not see the patient up close and personal and share their diagnoses. That would be against the law an din violation of their HIPPA rights. So we can only speculate as to the possibilities, much like legal commentators do in the media with profile criminal cases.

I wanted to know who could make such a ridiculous and false allegations and explain the situation intelligently. But the person was “anonymous,” so there was no one with whom I could communicate. I wondered what kind of “axe this person had to grind”. Was it towards media psychologists in general or was it towards me personally, or both? I found out that it was indeed both.


So in researching all her blogs, taking the information she supplied by her own words I was able to uncover the identity of this anonymous blogger- Leslie E. Packer was ‘dissent” of http://www.pogowasright.org She was not a media psychologist like myself, but rather a Tourette’s Syndrome Psychologist with what I believed was a definite “axe to grind” against media psychologists (her blogs indicated she was not a fan) and a definite “axe to grind” against me. This became clearer to me especially after reading one of her later blogs. It looked like she had no doubt heard or had seen me on a popular television show and dissed my work in the area of “body language.” Little did she realize that it was due to my Body Language Analysis skills (skills used by enforcement and by the FBI) that I was able to uncover her identity. So to you- Leslie E. Packer, “dissent” and Tourette Psychologist or anyone else who is like minded, “don’t get your panties in a bunch” as the urban dictionary would say. I am NOT diagnosing David Hasslehoff. .


According to his own words, David Hasselhoff has apparently been battling alcoholism for years. He has been hospitalized at least five times with alcohol poisoning. He returned from Canada on Wednesday and saw a doctor. He had been drinking before that and also resumed drinking afterward. His several-day booze bender resulted in a seizure and transport to the hospital via ambulance Friday. www. RadarOnline.com reported that people close to him want to place him in a lock-down rehab facility to treat his alcoholism.


I agree with David’s family members who have his best interest at heart. Enough of the cover ups. Enough of the enabling. Enough with the excuses. No one is buying it anymore. PR spinners are not doing you any favors, David. What Albert did by put a newspaper up in the fanning it in front of the TV camera so the press wouldn’t get a good look at you was not helping you. We saw your sad behavior anyway. We all saw how out of it you were as you got into the limo when you returned from Canada. It was so sad to see.

Alcoholism and getting help for it is nothing to be ashamed of. Millions of people suffer from this disease and have been helped throughout the years. The first step is to admit you have a problem and that you have the disease. As soon as you that you are on your road to recovery. Maybe this is the best thing that could have happened to you. When according to reports things got so severe that you were so disoriented that you didn’t recognize people you knew, it is time to make a commitment and get the help you so desperately need. That will be the BEST Christmas gift you can ever give yourself and those whom you love.


Also David, remember that Hollywood loves a comeback and a great success story. So we will all welcome you back with open arms. The public will embrace you even more as you will have shown your strength in admitting you have a problem. You will also have inspired so many others that may be in a similar situation.

I know you would love to inspire others just by what I have observed about you on America’s Got Talent. I have been very impressed by your compassion towards others on the show. Now show yourself the same compassion and get onto a program and stick with it. Too many people out there love you. You cannot keep putting the burden of your sickness on your daughters and not get help. You owe it to your daughters, to yourself and to your millions of fans. I know that would be the best Christmas present that you could give everyone. http://www.drlillianglass.com


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