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          December 29, 2016

          "Beatings, Bruises, Withholding Food: My Mom’s 'Cycle Of Abuse'"

          Twenty-two-year-old Joselyn claims when she was growing up, her mother, Aaliyah’s, use of corporal punishment was downright abusive.

          Tragically, Aaliyah’s son murdered his grandmother, Aaliyah’s mother, in December 2012, and Joselyn says that she believes Aaliyah’s abuse contributed to him “snapping.” Aaliyah doesn’t deny she used extreme discipline, but says she also grew up with abuse and was parenting the only way she knew how. With their tense relationship already on thin ice, can Dr. Phil give these women what they need to end the cycle of violence?

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          December 28, 2016

          "We Are Convinced Our 78-Year-Old Mother Is Being Catfished By a Man Who Has Left Her Facing Bankruptcy and The Police"

          Seventy-eight-year-old Irina claims the man she met online and fell in love with, “David Adams,” is stranded in Nigeria, and she needs Dr. Phil’s help to find and bring him back to the USA.

          Irina says she has sent “David” her life savings, over $76,000, to help him return but after a series of unfortunate events, “David” remains stuck in Lagos, Nigeria. Irina’s daughter Monique and son Eric say they believe 100% that this is a scam and that their mom is being “catfished” by someone who doesn’t exist, something Irina says she refuses to accept. Monique and Eric tell Dr. Phil they want him to help prove them right. Does “David Adams” exist? What will Dr. Phil’s international investigation reveal?

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          December 27, 2016

          A House On Fire, A Dog in Flames – "Our Brother Is Out Of Control"

          Carolyn and Laura reached out to Dr. Phil pleading for help with their brother, Matt, who they say is out-of-control and bipolar.

          They claim Matt self-medicates with alcohol and is repeatedly getting himself into trouble. Carolyn and Laura say that Matt’s wife, Nancy, is the reason for Matt’s manic episodes; including setting his own house on fire and leaving his dog with burns and paint marks. Nancy says that the majority of Matt’s issues stem from his mental illness and that she refuses to leave him because he doesn’t have anyone else he can rely on. Can Dr. Phil help this dysfunctional family make amends and construct a healthy lifestyle for Matt?

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          December 26, 2016

          Mommy Dearest or Unfit Daughter? A Face Off That Has Been Years In the Making

          Lisa says she is convinced her daughter Sara is a drug addict and “unfit.” Lisa says Sara is out-of-control and claims that she stole her own grandmother’s identity to obtain credit cards in her name and spent over $1,000. Sara denies taking drugs and says her mom is hateful and mean. Sara says she wants one thing and one thing only… an apology from her mom for the accusations and, according to Sara, turning her own kids against her. But will she get it?

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          December 23, 2016

          "Our Bratty, Mooching Daughter Stole Her Dad’s Identity and Aunt’s Credit Card and Spent Thousands of Dollars!"

          Linda and Gary say they fell in love with their only child, Lyzzy, when they brought her home 24 years ago after an open adoption. They admit to spoiling her, but now they fear that may have backfired.

          They say Lyzzy has stolen thousands of dollars from her dad and aunt. Linda and Gary say its constant drama with their 24-year-old daughter, who refuses to move out of their home. Lyzzy’s family says they are also worried about her physical health since they claim she has put on about 100 pounds since high school. Lyzzy, who admits to being unhappy at home and overeating, has said she may want to make a few changes. Dr. Phil offers advice to this family about how they can rebuild their relationships. And, Dr. Travis Stork, host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, gives advice to Lyzzy and her family based on his latest book, “The Lose Your Belly Diet.”

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          December 22, 2016

          "Help Me Get My 14-Year-Old Daughter Back From Grandma!"

          For the last two years, 14-year-old Kasey has been caught in the middle of a bitter battle between her grandmother, the woman who’s taken care of her for the past 13 years, and her father, Ted, who says he only recently was able to locate her and has been pursuing a relationship since then. Ted claims Kasey’s grandmother refuses to let him near his daughter, but Kasey says she doesn’t want a relationship with her father. Plus, Dr. Art Markman, a professor of psychology and a member of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board, discusses his newest book Brain Briefs: Answers To The Most (And Least) Pressing Questions About your Mind. Co-authored with his colleague Dr. Bob Duke, the book explains various human behaviors in a lighthearted and easy-to-understand way.

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          December 21, 2016

          "Our Son-In-Law’s Lies, Cover Ups And Disturbing Secrets"

          Chuck and Amanda say their six-year marriage is loud, violent and full of rage. Chuck says they scream and holler in front of their two young children causing Amanda to “run to her parents,” Tami and Tom, to “tattle on him.” Her parents have said that they want them to divorce if these problems cannot be solved, but Amanda says that’s not an option. How will she respond when Chuck reveals a secret he says he has been keeping?

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          December 20, 2016

          "I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime"

          Barbara Ann says her daughter Danielle is out of control. Barbara Ann claims she steals, lies and at just 13 years old, she says she doesn’t know what to do with her.

          Barbara Ann says she would rather hand Danielle over to the authorities as she says she can’t control her. While filming with the Dr. Phil staff, Danielle stole a Dr. Phil crew member’s car and went joyriding. Danielle, on the other hand, says her mom is too overbearing and controlling, and that she just wants to live her life and needs her mom to back off.

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          December 19, 2016

          "My Overbearing Mom Wants To Parent My Child and Calls My Boyfriend A 'Part-Time' Dad"

          For the past three years, Samantha and her 3-year-old daughter have lived with her parents, but her mother, Lisa, says she can’t stand it anymore.

          Lisa says she wants Dr.Phil’ s help in making a decision to either keep helping her daughter or kick her out. And, from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County, Heather Dubrow and her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, star of E!’s Botched, have a parenting question for Dr. Phil. Plus, they share some great anti-aging tips from their new book; and a 63-year-old woman who is looking to hit the dating scene again gets a makeover to “appear 10 years younger.”

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          December 16, 2016

          "I Cancelled the Wedding Because I Refuse to Sign the Prenup!"

          Mel says she called off her wedding just five weeks before she was supposed to walk down the aisle because her fiancé, Ian, asked her for a prenup at the last minute.

          Mel claims the terms of the prenup would leave her without their home, access to his pension and limited support if they were to divorce. Ian says his father – who passed away recently – strongly advised him to get a pre-marital agreement after hearing rumors of Mel drinking, partying and cheating. Mel’s sister, Krista, says she does not agree with Ian wanting a prenup as she believes it’s a precursor to divorce. Dr. Phil offers the couple advice for their relationship. And, estate management attorney, Ann Margaret Carrozza, suggests possibilities for terms of a prenup agreement that both Ian and Mel can agree upon.

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          December 15, 2016

          Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare: The Senseless Killing Of a 6-Year-Old Twin Girl and a Family’s Struggle With the Aftermath

          On July 19, 2011, tragedy struck when innocent 6-year-old Lauren was killed by her mother, Allison’s, (then) boyfriend – stabbed over 20 times while her twin sister was in the bed next to her.

          Allison says in the time that’s passed, her life hasn’t gotten easier, but she’s just learned to live differently and has dealt with a lot of criticism after the media picked up the story. John, Allison’s ex-husband and the father of Lauren, says that he too lost a daughter and is now losing contact with his two surviving children because he claims Allison is keeping them from him. Can this family get on a path toward healing after such a brutal and senseless loss?

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          December 14, 2016

          Were Pet Owners Scammed Out Of Thousands Of Dollars By A Service Dog Company?

          Melinda, Jovana and Michelle say they thought it was a dream come true when they found a company called SDWR or Service Dogs By Warren Retrievers, that claimed to train Labrador Retrievers to detect glucose levels in children and adults with diabetes.

          But these women say they now believe it was all a scam that left them with very expensive pets that were not equipped to save lives. Mollie, another customer of SDWR, however, says the Labrador Retriever she got saved her daughter’s life when the dog detected that her daughter’s blood sugar was dangerously low. And, an endocrinologist, Dr. Beach, says his SDWR service dog can fetch his meter, juice and even alerted another staff member when there was a problem. Are the dogs provided by SDWR able to save lives, or is this business a scam?

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          December 13, 2016

          "My Head-Butting, Furniture-Throwing 9-Year-Old Daughter Looks Like an Angel But Behaves Like a Wild Child: Who’s To Blame For Her Behavior?"

          Lisa says her 9-year-old daughter, Makenze, is out of control.

          She claims Makenze engages in very destructive behaviors, such as head-butting and hitting adults, breaking appliances, harming animals, giving a silica gel packet to a neighbor’s child claiming it was candy and sitting in the middle of the road waiting for a car to hit and kill her. Lisa says she desperately wants to know what is wrong with her daughter who has been hospitalized numerous times and has been on 19 different medications. Makenze’s dad, Eric, says his ex Lisa thrives on their daughter’s bad behavior, loves the attention she receives from the chaos and drama and is over-medicating their daughter because she does not know how to properly parent. Lisa says Eric does not know what he’s talking about because she claims he’s a deadbeat dad who is never around.

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          December 12, 2016

          "Mom, Stop Harassing Me and Give Me Back My Children!"

          For the past two years, Lisa has had custody of her 4-year-old grandson and 13-year-old granddaughter because she claims her daughter Amanda is an unfit mother with a drug problem.

          She says if Amanda doesn’t admit to Dr. Phil she has a problem, she is going to file a restraining order against her daughter. But Amanda claims her mom “stole” her children away from her, and she wants them back! Amanda agrees to take a drug test. What does it reveal? Is there a way to “get her children back”?

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          December 09, 2016

          "My Money Hungry Mom is an Ungrateful Brat Who Treats Me Like Her Meal Ticket"

          Sharlene and Tom say their mother-son relationship took a turn for the worse when Tom says Sharlene “beat his ass,” leaving him with two black eyes.

          According to Sharlene, she’s sick of Tom’s verbal abuse and says he acts like her jealous, controlling husband, not her son. Tom says Sharlene may think he acts like her husband but she acts like an ungrateful child who refuses to acknowledge everything he’s done for her, and he wants his “freeloading, manipulative” mother out of his life for good! Can Dr. Phil reunite Sharlene with her son, or have they both caused too much damage to mend fences?

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          December 23, 2016

          "Our Bratty, Mooching Daughter Stole Her Dad’s Identity and Aunt’s Credit Card and Spent Thousands of Dollars!"

          Linda and Gary say they fell in love with their only child, Lyzzy, when they brought her home 24 years ago after an open adoption. They admit to spoiling her, but now they fear that may have backfired.

          They say Lyzzy has stolen thousands of dollars from her dad and aunt. Linda and Gary say its constant drama with their 24-year-old daughter, who refuses to move out of their home. Lyzzy’s family says they are also worried about her physical health since they claim she has put on about 100 pounds since high school. Lyzzy, who admits to being unhappy at home and overeating, has said she may want to make a few changes. Dr. Phil offers advice to this family about how they can rebuild their relationships. And, Dr. Travis Stork, host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, gives advice to Lyzzy and her family based on his latest book, “The Lose Your Belly Diet.”

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          December 07, 2016

          "My Narcissist Boyfriend Refuses To Change: Should I Leave Him?"

          Danielle is six-and-a-half months pregnant with her first baby and says her boyfriend Ryan is narcissist and possible sociopath.

          Danielle claims Ryan is explosive, controlling and smashed holes in her apartment walls and a window during his rages. Danielle also claims Ryan fat-shames her, calling her “fat and unattractive.” She further alleges Ryan once told her that he doesn’t care about the child in her stomach or her. Danielle insists that if he doesn’t change, she may be forced to leave him. Should she? If she does, Ryan says, “Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.”  Ryan further claims he won’t change for anyone and if she wants to leave him, it wouldn’t kill him. What should this couple do?

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          December 06, 2016

          "My Daughters Say I Physically Abused Them For 20 Years But I Don’t Remember"

          Ceanne and Rashelle claim their mother, Jemma, mentally and physically abused them for the past 20 years, but when confronted, Jemma says she can’t remember.

          Jemma says her family must have blinders on because they keep using her as a scapegoat to avoid what’s really going on. Are the girls making up this alleged abuse, or will Jemma acknowledge her daughters and apologize?

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          December 05, 2016

          From Soccer Mom To Party Mom: "I Can’t Be A Mother Right Now"

          Jamey says her best friend, Nikki, since discovering that her husband, Tyler, was having an affair, has lost it and literally gone wild.

          Jamey claims Nikki has been meeting men online, using older men as “Sugar Daddies,” and even performed a sex act in a department store dressing room. Jamey and her husband, Jason, say that in order for Nikki to live her new single lifestyle, she shipped her 13-year-old daughter 2,000 miles away to live with them, and signed over guardianship. Nikki says she is finally being selfish and putting her needs before everyone, after being a wife and a mother for the past 20 years, and claims Jamey is just jealous of her new lifestyle. Nikki says Jamey just wants her to sit at home and bake cookies like a good mom would do, but she refuses to go back to that lifestyle. Jamey says while Nikki is being wined and dined by older wealthy men, she and her husband are left paying for Nikki’s daughter’s every need while they raise her as their own. Jamey says Nikki hasn’t seen her daughter going on four months. Can Dr. Phil convince Nikki to put her daughter’s needs ahead of her own? Plus, Pastor T.D. Jakes stops by to give Nikki a very heartfelt message. Will she listen?

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          December 02, 2016

          "Our Lawyer Sister's Cluttered House: Is She Facing A 3rd Eviction?"

          Peggy and Pattie say their sister, Kate, who has a master’s degree in communications and a law degree, has struggled with hoarding for years, but they say recently, it’s taken a sharp turn for the worse.

          Peggy and Pattie estimate they’ve spent $27,000 supporting Kate for the past three years – spending money on moving, finding places for Kate to live and paying Kate’s rent and bills. But once again, they say Kate could be facing eviction because of the state of her home. Can Dr. Phil help Kate declutter her mind so that she can finally declutter her home?

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