Change cannot happen unless you are ready for it. According to Dr. Phil, there are four stages of readiness when it comes to change.
"Nobody has been to my house in 14 years," says Kelli, whose 14-year-old son has been forced to sleep on the couch since he was 5 so she can use his bedroom for storage. "I want to get rid of stuff but I don't know how to do it," she says, turning to Dr. Phil for help.
A former smoker shares one important thing you can do to quit smoking.
A gambling disorder is defined as gambling behavior that disrupts personal, family, and/or vocational pursuits.
What are your feelings about the N-word and the idea of reclaiming an epithet historically used to oppress African-Americans?
A self-defense expert gives the do's and don'ts of protecting yourself against an attacker.
How to tell if you should report an incident.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) characterized by the presence of obsessive (persistent/intrusive) thoughts and compulsive, repetitive behaviors that are time-consuming or cause significant distress/impairment.
Anxiety disorders develop when anxiety is persistent over time and causes significant distress or impairment in functioning.
Amy says that when she was 18-years-old, she was held prisoner, chained up and raped by a man and his friends for over a year. She says she was subjected to his daily verbal and psychological torments. Now married and a mom, Amy has more than pieced her life back together. She offers her words of advice and wisdom on building self-esteem, and developing a support group to help you move past an abusive relationship.
Hypochondriasis is characterized by very high levels of worry about illness, a tendency to appraise their bodily symptoms as unduly threatening, harmful, or troublesome, and often think the worst about their health.
Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of The Autism Answer and chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board, shares some of his insight about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Learn the early warning signs of schizophrenia, and determine whether your loved one could be at risk.
When you are pregnant, you are not just "eating for two." You also breathe and drink for two, so it is important to carefully consider what you give to your baby. If you smoke, use alcohol or take illegal drugs, so does your unborn baby.
Misophonia, literally "hatred of sound," is a little-known neurological disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds.
Get information on some of the different types of personality disorders. (Source: DSM-5)
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, explains reasons why we avoid medical checkups and tests â€” and how we can get past that.
Dr. Freda Lewis Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, gives important information about the signs of depression, and how it can be treated. Could you or someone you know be suffering?
Rape is generally defined as forced or nonconsensual sexual intercourse. If you know someone who has been sexually violated, take these precautions.
Learn the behaviors that the U.S. Department of Justice classifies as stalking. Are you a victim of a stalker?
Do you wonder if your behavior is crossing the line into addiction? Psychotherapist Dr. Gary Stollman gives 10 key signs of having an addiction.
Dr. Rosemary Erickson is a security expert who trains bank employees in what to do during a robbery. Learn the Dos and Donâ€™ts if you find yourself at a bank during an attempted robbery.
Do you think you could spot a narcissist? Could it be you or someone you know? Determine if there is a narcissist in your midst!
Dr. Frank Lawlis, Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board, provides a checklist of symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.
If you're a woman who often travels alone, learn the tips for staying safe while in hotels.
LAPD Valley Traffic Division Capt. Ivan Minsal provides the top signs of drunk driving.
Michael Fertik, CEO and founder of Reputation.com, says there's hope for repairing a damaged reputation, and offers these tips.
Dr. Phil goes over the warning signs of toxic identification with an abductor, often called Stockholm Syndrome.
Wondering if your partner is going through a midlife crisis? Some experts say these could be warning signs.
You've made it through rehab and are clean & sober. Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the "Dr. Phil" Advisory Board, offers his steps for maintaining sobriety.
It may be difficult to reach out to someone whom you think needs help. Follow these dos and don'ts as a guideline for reaching out.
Enabling behavior can make your addicted love one even sicker. Find out if you're an enabler.
Could you be vulnerable to a cult-like group's influence?
Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, offers steps for staying safe after leaving an abusive relationship.
Have you ever dreamed that youâ€™re falling or running through the streets naked? Do you wake up feeling refreshed or on the verge of tears? What do these images mean? Take the following quiz and learn what common dreams reveal about you.
Have you had trouble with photos or information about you being posted on the Internet? Are you worried your children might mistakenly share private information on the wild, wild web? Tips to protect your reputation on the Internet.
Do you check the calories on everything you eat in trying to control your weight? Do you skip meals to lose weight? How about your teenager? Take this quiz to determine if you or someone you love may be at risk for developing a deadly eating disorder.
Does worrying about getting older consume your thoughts? Answer the questions below to see if you're obsessed with aging and learn what to do to accept getting older.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline has a quiz for indentifying abuse. Answer these questions to find out whether your relationship is unhealthy and could be dangerous.
Dr. Phil offers tips for coping with a family member who has an eating disorder.
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention joins Dr. Phil to share secrets to becomeing smarter and happier. If you have trouble making decisions, follow these tips.
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention, shares the foods you should eat to boost your brainpower.
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention shares tips for improving your mood.
The untimely death of several of celebrities, including former child actor Corey Haim, who were found with prescription pill bottles by their side, has brought the prescription drug abuse epidemic to the limelight. If you fear a loved one may be abusing prescription pills, watch for these warning signs and seek immediate help.
Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of "The Stress Answer" and chairman of the "Dr. Phil" Advisory Board, offers the following tips to de-stress.
On the show "Surrogate Mom Faces Her Critics," Shelly says that she kept the babies she carried for intended parents Amy and Scott Kehoe because Amy allegedly withheld the fact that she has a mental illness. Dr. Phil says that too often, people with mental disorders are unfairly stigmatized. Below is the criteria for a diagnosis of psychosis.
Whether youâ€™re thinking about getting married, having a baby or revealing a secret, Dr. Phil has advice for making major life decisions.
Dr. Philip Goglia, author of Turn Up the Heat: Unlock the Fat-Burning Power of Your Metabolism, offers tips for determining your metabolic type using blood work.
It seems that rudeness has reached epidemic proportions â€” from celebrity meltdowns to excessive cell phone use to obnoxious drivers. Rude people donâ€™t always dial in to the impact their behavior has on others. Whether you're dealing with an aggressive coworker or family member, or you're the one with a rude attitude, Dr. Phil has advice.
Is your child ready to stay home alone? How do you prepare them for an unexpected emergency? Consider this safety checklist.
Dr. Craig Schwimmer is the founder and medical director of The Snoring Center in Dallas, Texas. He offers tips on better sleep hygiene -- a series of behaviors and patterns that promote good, healthy, restorative sleep.
Think you have to be rich to eat healthy? Think again! Fitness trainer Robert Reames offers tips for budget dining.
Do you think you know when it's safe to drive after you've been drinking? Dr. Phil busts shocking myths about drinking and sobering up.
Abusive husbands come in all sizes, shapes and colors, crossing ethnic and age groups. Their anger often leaves their wives physically battered and bruised, and emotionally broken. Dr. Phil follows the story of Star, a mother of four who flees to a shelter to escape what she says is an abusive marriage. Below are his crucial steps for leaving a volatile relationship.
If you have a burning desire to look like Jessica Simpson or you can't stop buying Jimmy Choo shoes, Dr. Phil has advice!
Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and co-host of The Doctors highlights some common drug interactions that could be fatal.
Some say there could be as many as 5,000 religious groups in America preying on the weak and vulnerable, with five to seven million victims and 180,000 new recruits each year. Learn the warning signs of dangerous groups before you become a victim.
Are you obsessed with playing online games? Computer games are supposed to be fun, but when a hobby turns into an addiction, virtual fantasy worlds can wreck real lives and ruin real marriages.
Hoarding is a highly emotional issue that may seem horrifying to some, but for others, it's a complicated and difficult struggle.
When you're preparing for a medical procedure -- from a minor in-office treatment to major surgery -- how do you know if your doctor is qualified?
Robin shares her secret recipes for making at-home beauty products.
Dr. Phil Advisory Board member Arthur B. Markman provides strategies for breaking habits and replacing them with good ones.
Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking or get your anger under control in 2012? Dr. Phil outlines seven steps for making your resolutions a reality!
If you're a parent of young children, how can you tell if your child might be autistic? Dr. Phil shares some of the early warning signs of autism.
If you are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery, do not overlook the importance of choosing the right physician.
If you or someone you know is ready to leave an abusive relationship, be sure and follow these guidelines before making the break.
Dr. Phil Advisory Board member Dr. Art Markman offers strategies for developing good habits.
Do you know a woman who is as beautiful as some Hollywood models and actresses, yet she believes she looks like a monster? She may suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, a preoccupation with a real or imagined physical defect.
If your child suffers from encompresis, the inability to properly move his or her bowels, pediatrician Dr. Brown has advice!
Take this quiz to determine if you may have ADD and need further evaluation.
Parents, you might be your kids' drug dealer. You probably think youâ€™ve taught your child everything there is to know about drugs. But did you know they could be getting high from products in your pantry, under your sink, or in your medicine cabinet?
Alcoholism is an out-of-control addiction. This year, Americans will spend more than $90,000,000,000 on beer, wine and spirits. If you or someone close to you has a drinking problem, contact the following agencies.
Use the following profile to determine if there are underlying reasons for your inability to shed pounds.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Learn what Tourette syndrome is and what its common symptoms are.
To learn the warning signs of sexual abuse in children, visit these resources.
Asperger's Warning Signs
Consumed with thoughts of food? The possible roots of your obsession may surprise you.
Obsessive behaviors, like constant hand washing, don't have to take over your life.
Discover what your overeating is really about.
Ninety percent of orgasm problems appear to be psychological in nature.
Millions are having Botox, nose jobs and implants. But is it right for you?
Do the slightest things enrage you? Here are tips on keeping your cool.
These tests will show if you're a Porcupine, Chicken Little or Poser.
Now that you're making progress, people may try to disrupt your efforts.
Losing a lot of weight may make you feel great, but it can also cause anxiety.
When someone in the family gets sick, it affects everybody.
Anything, including eating, shopping and working, can become an addiction. Dr. Phil has strategies for getting your addiction under control.
Learn about different methods that treat snoring.
Author Cindi Broaddus shares her story of having the strength to overcome a senseless act of violence.
If you're struggling to kick a nasty habit, Dr. Phil has advice.
Ready to break out of your rut and turn up the heat in your relationship?
Use the Rapid Start Plan to start losing weight and learn to eat and enjoy healthier foods.
Proper food and diet can help children be more efficient and have better brain functioning.
If you have a burning desire to look like Jessica Simpson or you can't stop buying Jimmy Choo shoes, Dr. Phil has advice!
Exercises you and your family can perform to get off the couch and get moving. These are the same exercises the families in the Family Weight Loss Challenge completed in their first physical fitness competition.
Dr. Phil offers advice and resources before having gastric bypass surgery.