October 20, 2016
Sheila admits that when she learned that her then 15-year-old identifies as transgender and wanted to transition to female, she was angry. She says that two years later, she continues to have a hard time accepting her as a daughter and won’t refer to her with female pronouns, has thrown away the teen’s hormone pills and feels awkward being out in public with her child.
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The teen, who goes by the name Arianna, says she is hurt by her mother’s behavior, especially because she says her mother used to be her only friend. She says her parents still don’t support her and have threatened to throw her out of their house in six months, when she turns 18.
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In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews some of the statements Sheila has made about her child. And Arianna and her friend Jodeci confront Sheila about what they call her abuse toward Arianna. Does Sheila say that she did tell Arianna to kill herself? See how she responds to the accusations. Will Sheila and Arianna accept Dr. Phil’s advice to have a healthy relationship with one another? This episode of Dr. Phil airs Thursday. Check here to see where you can watch.