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Octomom checks into rehab citing anxiety, stress

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    FILE - In this May 19, 2010 file photo, "Octomom" Nadya Suleman poses for photos outside her La Habra, Calif., home. Police are investigating allegations of child neglect at the home of Suleman and her 14 children in Orange County. La Habra police said Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, the claims were reported last month by a caregiver. Suleman's manager, Gina Rodriguez, says the claims are not true and come from a woman who became obsessed with the children. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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LOS ANGELES >>  Octomom Nadya Suleman has checked herself into a rehabilitation center, citing anxiety, exhaustion and stress.

A statement from Suleman’s spokeswoman Gina Rodriguez on Tuesday says the mother of 14 had been taking the medication Xanax under a doctor’s care to deal with her problems. But Suleman felt she needed a treatment program to help with her recovery.

Suleman will be in treatment for at least 28 days.

In the meantime, three nannies and two of Suleman’s friends will care for her octuplets, who will be 4 years old in January, and her six older children. Rodriguez says a driver will take the kids to and from school, and their Palmdale home has around-the-clock security.

Rodriguez says the rehab center offered to treat Suleman at no charge, but Suleman has opted to pay.

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