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What started out as a typically self-destructive day for Britney Spears escalated into a heated standoff at her home involving police, EMTs and media helicopters hovering over the scene. Hours later, Spears - strapped to a gurney but smiling - was taken to L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ( watch ambulance video here, courtesy

Earlier on Thursday, Spears showed up for the court-ordered deposition she had shrugged off multiple times before - albeit two hours late. Thus, she was only able to give ex-husband Kevin Federline's lawyers some 12 minutes of her time.

Then last night, starting at 8 pm, K-Fed's bodyguards arrived at Brit's house to claim the kids for Dad's scheduled visitation. Spears, though, refused to turn them over, igniting a standoff that lasted until 10:50 and necessitated the arrival of six police cars - court-dispatched to settle the sitch "peacefully" - an ambulance and a fire truck. "[The court-appointed monitor] had already put [2-1/2-year-old son] Preston in the car when Britney locked herself in a room with Jayden," a source tells People. "The cops came and got through the door and tied her down to a gurney."

Spears - who was said to have been under the influence of "an unknown substance" throughout the dispute, but by some new accounts has tested clean of drugs - was taken to Cedars-Sinai where, a source tells Us, she was will be on lockdown for 72 hours as a "special needs" patient, meaning she is believed to "have either overdosed or tried to commit suicide."

What's your take? I think it goes without saying that the time for eye-rolling is over. Britney is sick, and no kid deserves an ill mother. What, if anything, can turn her life around at this point?

Reflect on Britney's simpler days with our photo gallery and video clips.