Stacey says she was living the perfect life as a mother of six children and wife to a successful business owner, until 2009, when she says she found out that her husband of 23 years, Dave, was cheating on her with a woman half his age, who she claims was an exotic dancer. Dave says Stacey never showed him any affection and that the other woman made him feel alive for the first time. Now, seven years later, the couple wonders if they can – and should – try to pick up the pieces and be a family again.Read More
Brenda, her husband, Richard, and her ex-husband, David, say they have spent over $100,000 on rehab, legal fees and caring for 29-year-old Tyler, who has been using heroin for the past 10 years. Brenda says Tyler is a charming, intelligent college graduate, and talented musically and athletically — all things Tyler admits to using to his advantage when scheming to get money for the next hit. Tyler’s ex-girlfriend Samantha recently kicked him out, saying until he can get clean, he has no place in their 5-month-old daughter’s life. How many times has Brenda bailed Tyler out of trouble – and why does she do it? Does Tyler want to change? And, is he to blame for this desperate family’s situation? Watch Dr. Phil get to the bottom of this family’s decade-long dysfunction.Read More
After agreeing that her ex-boyfriend, Robert, would take their 1-year-old daughter with him to Michigan, “for the time being,” Ashley claims Robert “kidnapped” the child and kept her hidden for five years.Robert, who has lost full custody of their now-6-year-old, adamantly denies he “kidnapped” the child, and insists Ashley knew right where to find them all along. Robert also says their daughter woAfter agreeing that her ex-boyfriend, Robert, would take their 1-year-old daughter with him to Michigan, “for the time being,” Ashley claims Robert “kidnapped” the child and kept her hidden for five years.Robert, who has lost full custody of their now-6-year-old, adamantly denies he “kidnapped” the child, and insists Ashley knew right where to find them all along. Robert also says their daughter would still be in his care if a woman, Mary, had not intervened. Mary, who is the grandmother of Robert’s current girlfriend Kim’s son, claims she rushed to Ashley’s side to help her get her daughter out of Robert and Kim’s home, because she alleged that Robert and Ashley were forcing the little girl to do squats and feeding her teaspoons of vinegar as punishment. Kim, who filed for a protective order against Mary for allegedly stalking and harassing her, alleges that Mary has a pattern of trying to file “phony” CPS charges, including on her family! Sparks fly and anger erupts as both Robert and Ashley argue over the best home for their daughter to live, and Kim criticizes Ashley, calling her a “deadbeat mom”! Will Robert and Ashley be able to come to an understanding on how to co-parent? Dr. Phil attempts to calm the chaos and help these parents determine what is best for the 6-year-old girl who is being pulled in every direction!uld still be in his care if a woman, Mary, had not intervened. Mary, who is the grandmother of Robert’s current girlfriend Kim’s son, claims she rushed to Ashley’s side to help her get her daughter out of Robert and Kim’s home, because she alleged that Robert and Ashley were forcing the little girl to do squats and feeding her teaspoons of vinegar as punishment. Kim, who filed for a protective order against Mary for allegedly stalking and harassing her, alleges that Mary has a pattern of trying to file “phony” CPS charges, including on her family! Sparks fly and anger erupts as both Robert and Ashley argue over the best home for their daughter to live, and Kim criticizes Ashley, calling her a “deadbeat mom”! Will Robert and Ashley be able to come to an understanding on how to co-parent? Dr. Phil attempts to calm the chaos and help these parents determine what is best for the 6-year-old girl who is being pulled in every direction!Read More
Megan claims for the last five years, her husband, Scott, has been a “drunken, incorrigible, alcoholic mess.” She says it’s a miracle that Scott is still alive, especially after a fall down a flight of stairs left him with a broken neck and in a coma for 22 days.
Scott is adamant that he was not drunk when he fell and insists he can get his drinking under control, but Megan says five trips to rehab and over 40 hospital visits, costing more than $1.8 million, tell a different story. She says she’s terrified he might die and is running out of hope.
Scott’s step-daughter, Kendall, says Scott embarrasses himself when he’s drunk. And his daughter, Jordan, says she organized an intervention for her dad – during which she claims he was drinking.
Scott says he wants to figure out why he’s been drinking to such excess, but is he ready to face the possibility that he may have a real problem? Dr. Phil doesn’t mince words with his advice for Megan and Scott.Read More
Jana and Allen say their neighbors, Maritha, Melanie and Christopher recently moved into the house directly behind them and have been the source of constant conflict. They say their neighbors have made false police reports, called DFS, threatened them and that their four dogs bark all hours of the night.
But Maritha is pointing the finger right back at Jana and Allen, accusing them of making her life a “living hell.” She says police have been called to her home 17 times since she moved in. Maritha says she has been falsely accused of punching another neighbor in the face, and her partner, Melanie, charged with sexual misconduct for mooning a neighbor, even though Melanie vehemently denies this allegation.
Will these neighbors be able to call a truce?Read More
Marissa wrote to Dr. Phil begging for help with her mother, Vicki, who has been married to Marissa’s dad, Robert, for 34 years, after Marissa says that she discovered that her dad was having an “affair” and visiting “pornographic” and “call girl” websites. Marissa says she urged her mother to file for divorce but when she backed out at the last minute, Marissa cut off most communication with her. Robert, a former pastor, admits he had a relationship with one woman but insists he’s a victim and that he has completely come clean to his wife and daughter. But Marissa says she believes there’s more to the story, and she wants Dr. Phil to get to the truth. Plus, hear from a bounty hunter who contacted Robert in search of a woman with whom he says Robert was involved, who he says has evaded the law.Read More
John, 34, says his wife, Adriane, 34, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and fears that when she’s gone, he’ll have to co-parent her two children with her ex-husband, Rick, who they claim is a narcissist and drug addict who steals from his own children.
Rick denies their accusations, says he’s tired of John and Adriane alienating him from his children and claims Adriane’s cancer diagnosis might be just a scam to get donations – a claim both John and Adrian vehemently deny. Hear from Rick’s eldest daughter, Katie. What does she have to say about this family’s troubling dynamic? Is there room for a compromise?Read More
Stephanie’s 21-year-old son, Malcolm, died in December as a result of massive brain trauma after falling over a 15-foot stair railing, and she is convinced his 19-year-old girlfriend, Chloe — the only person with Malcolm when he fell — is responsible for his death. But Chloe says Malcolm was drunk and lost his balance, and she and her sister Myranda say Chloe has been the target of a community-wide witch hunt. Has Chloe been truthful, or are Stephanie’s suspicions correct? Can Dr. Phil help get some closure for Stephanie?Read More
Julia and her 22-year-old daughter, Olivia, claim Olivia’s newborn daughter was taken away from them illegally. They claim Jyllian, the woman who adopted Olivia’s daughter, promised to provide them with pictures of the little girl and the opportunity to be part of her life, but they say she hasn’t done either. Jyllian says their claims are outrageous and that everything about the adoption was legal. She says in the past few months, things have gotten out of control, and she even had to get a restraining order against Olivia, and that she lives in fear that they might kidnap her daughter. Can Dr. Phil bring peace to this situation?Read More
In 2008, Julia was a single mom, homeless, and living in a car with her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia, her 12-year-old daughter Phoebe, and Olivia’s newborn daughter. Julia claims that when Authorities found her homeless, they placed her children in foster care. Julia and Olivia say that within 6 months, Olivia’s daughter was adopted. She and her family are seeking Dr. Phil’s advice on how to keep fighting for her little girl.Read More
Jordan and Madison claim their 17-year-old sister, Peyton, is a master manipulator who preys on their mother, Lora’s, emotions, and they say it has to stop. Lora admits she has difficulty disciplining Peyton and that she’s lost all authority in her home, but says she doesn’t know how to end the sibling rivalry between her daughters. Is Peyton’s behavior an attempt to get attention, or could something deeper be at play? Plus, Peyton makes a shocking confession. How will what she reveals impact her relationship with her mom and her sisters? Is this family ready to call a truce?Read More
Michelle claims that her sister Tina caused her to lose part of a $2 Million settlement, after her fiancé was shot and killed by police in front of her. Michelle says she is convinced that Tina doesn’t want to see her happy and claims she spread lies about her to her fiancé’s family, which she says led to her not seeing a penny of the wrongful death settlement. Michelle also claims that Tina’s child molested her child and that their family has taken Tina’s side. Now, Michelle says she wants Tina to face her demons. Tina vehemently denies the abuse accusations and says that Michelle is the one with demons to face. She claims that the abuse has come directly from Michelle and “dangerous men” she brings into her and her child’s life and says that the only evil party here is Michelle. These sisters haven’t seen or spoken to each other in over three years and come face-to-face for the first time on the Dr. Phil stage. Will Dr. Phil be able to help reunite this family shattered by anger and pain?Read More
After 40 years of marriage, Hope says her grandmother, Lucy, left her husband and left town with Ken, who used to be married to Lucy’s daughter, Cheryl. Cheryl claims that after “getting over the initial shock and betrayal,’ she now fears for Lucy’s well-being. She and Hope claim that Ken was “angry” and “controlling” toward Cheryl during their marriage. Lucy says Ken is not angry or controlling and she doesn’t see anything wrong with dating Ken. Now, if made to choose between her boyfriend and her daughter, Lucy says, “I’m going to say that I’m very happy with Ken right now.” Can Dr. Phil help this family mend their wounds and grow beyond this, or could this confrontation be the end of the debate and possibly their relationships?Read More
Dr. Phil continues his conversation with Pat, his wife Sarah and his father John, who Pat claims is delusional, paranoid and a threat to his family. John, on the other hand, says he is convinced that Pat and Sarah are a threat on his and his wife’s lives. John says he believes Pat and Pat’s recently deceased brother both suffer from a genetically transferred chemical imbalance passed down from John, which he claims is the reason for what he calls his son’s violent past. Pat and Sarah say John’s delusions have gotten so out of hand that the couple has had to sever ties altogether. Pat and Sarah say they want a relationship but claim every attempt is misconstrued by John as some form of life threatening conspiracy theory. Can Dr. Phil help this family reunite and patch their volatile relationship? And, Pat Smith, wife of retired Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, joins Dr. Phil to discuss her new book, Second Chances. In this very intimate publication, Pat shares her journey from loss to redemption, her setbacks to recoveries and how a person can let go of what’s holding them back, reinvent their lives and rediscover purpose and joy.Read More
Pat and his wife, Sarah, claim they’re scared for their family’s safety. Pat claims his father, John, is delusional, violent, paranoid and so dangerous that Pat sleeps on the couch in his living room to protect his wife and two children in the event that John comes to the house at night to harm them.
Pat also says he has no idea why his father responds to seemingly benign events with, what he interprets as, threats. Pat and Sarah say John’s delusions have gotten so bad they’ve had to cut ties with him.
John, on the other hand, completely denies the allegations. He says his daughter-in-law is to blame for stealing his son, filling his head with evil and turning Pat against him.
He says that Pat and Sarah are possessed by the devil — and that he is actually afraid of his son and what he calls his violent past.
Can Dr. Phil bridge the gap between father and son and bring this whole family back together again?Read More
Karen says two years ago she had it all: a successful business, a beautiful home on the beach, nice cars, and plenty of money in the bank. But now, Karen says she is in danger because she believes her brother John is hacking her computers, cell phones and cars and is having her followed around the clock. John denies Karen’s allegations and says he believes her paranoia stems from drug use. Is Karen’s brother really having her followed, or is something else going on with Karen?Read More
Chris claims his ex-wife, Kelly, is completely unfit to be a mother and is constantly placing their two young daughters in harm’s way. Chris says Kelly’s “look-the-other-way” parenting style disgusts him and forced him to sell his business and move thousands of miles in a desperate attempt to save his daughters from their own mother. Chris claims his ex allowed their oldest daughter to be intimate with a convicted 28-year-old sex offender when she was 14, and he gives Dr. Phil video evidence that Kelly allowed their underage and unlicensed daughter to take her mother’s car in the middle of winter. Kelly says she is not a perfect parent, but asks if Chris is such a good father, why was he investigated by the state department of Health and Human Services after his daughter accused him of abusing her both physically and sexually? Chris admits he used a belt to discipline his girls, but says their mom coached them to make it appear much worse than it was, and he adamantly denies any sexual misconduct involving his daughter. Plus, how does Chris, who says all the accusations against him have been created by his ex in order to further alienate him from his daughters, react to Dr. Phil’s conversation with Chris’ daughter?Read More
Amber says in the year-and-a-half that that she’s been married to Jim, they have lost their cars and business – she says due to Jim’s gambling addiction. She also claims Jim has an anger problem and worries if their marriage will survive. Jim admits he lies to hide his gambling addiction – and even told Amber he had cancer and had to go to treatment so he could spend a few weeks at the casino undisturbed. Is Jim ready to face his problems and make a change?Read More
Amber, aka “Jewel,” Shuping made international headlines when she intentionally made herself blind by putting drain cleaner into her eyes. Jewel says that ever since she was a little girl, she dreamed of being blind, claiming to live with “Body Integrity Identity Disorder,” a disorder which causes an otherwise healthy person to feel that he or she is meant to be disabled. Jewel says she hated opening her eyes every day, and as a teen, oftentimes pretended to be blind, even walking with a white cane for as long as two weeks straight. She says that living with sight, to her, felt like living in a personal prison. She claims that seven years ago, she had liquid drain cleaner put into both of her eyes. In a Dr. Phil daytime exclusive, hear why Jewel says she felt she had no choice but to take her vision. Then, Dr. Michael First, who coined the term, “Body Integrity Identity Disorder,” and Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors, weigh in!Read More
Tragically, reports say there were more mass shootings in the US in 2015 than days in the year. Karen says she fears her 23-year old son, Andrew, who she says has a history of mental illness, could walk into a school or store and murder innocent people. She says even right now she worries he could be contemplating committing a mass murder. Karen claims that Andrew says he sometimes wants to take the lives of innocent people so that others will feel his pain. Can Dr. Phil provide insight to get Andrew’s family the help they so desperately need? Then, loved ones remember victims of the San Bernardino shootings.