October 11, 2007
Dr. Phil takes goes inside the unthinkable: making your own child sick to fulfill a disturbing need for attention. The idea might sound unimaginable, but for people with a psychological disorder called Munchausen by Proxy, it’s irresistible. Note: Viewer discretion is advised.
A Terrifying Disorder
In disturbing footage captured by hidden cameras, mothers and fathers cause harm to their children. Dr. Phil examines some parents with the disorder and their unsettling actions.
A Cry for Attention?
Dr. Phil looks into the mind of Tracy, who was convicted of trying to harm her youngest daughter by constantly keeping her sick. Hear from Tracy’s oldest daughter, Heather, who survived years of her mother’s abuse.
Filling a Void?
Dr. Phil makes a phone call to Tracy in prison. Will she acknowledge the problem with her parenting? And could she be preparing to have another child? Hear Dr. Phil’s strong words for this Munchausen mom. Plus, how are Tracy’s children doing now that she is out of their lives?
Inside the Munchausen Mind
Dr. Phil speaks with Dr. Judith Libow, an expert on Munchausen by proxy. Could someone you love be in danger? Learn the warning signs. Plus, Pam and Jessie receive a delightful surprise!
Hurting for Love, Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome by Dr. Judith Libow