We applaud her bravery!

Mischa Barton appears on the newest cover of People and opens up about her rise to fame and how Hollywood pressures led to her much publicized stint in the psych ward back in 2009.

    "It was a full-on breakdown. I was under enormous pressure," she confessed to the mag about being placed on an involuntary 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself.

The former "It" girl took the event as a wakeup call and focused on getting healthy, but even then she was forced to deal with cruel headlines, specifically about her size.

    "It was always, 'She's too skinny, she must be sick.' Then it was, 'She's too big.' I was never the right weight," she explained.

With a new movie, TV pilot, and London boutique occupying her time these days, the OC star is staying focused on the positive.

"I've learned a lot. I'm stronger now," she insisted.

We're happy she's in a better place!