Blended families are a challenge to navigate for anyone involved, but for Amber and her husband, Marcus, they say they are dealing with some major issues.
Amber wrote into the show because she says she can’t stand her husband’s ex-wife, Cari, and accuses her of alienating her stepsons. Amber also claims her husband’s ex has Munchausen syndrome and Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Amber claims Cari is overmedicating the boys and that she faked having cancer. Cari says she can’t be in the same room with Marcus for more than two minutes without a fight, and that Amber wants her sons to herself. Amber and Marcus want sole custody of their young sons while Cari says she is looking for a way to end the drama and co-parent in peace.Read More
Mark and his ex-wife, Melissa, claim their 17-year-old daughter, Malia, has been running away since the age of 13, dropped out of school in the sixth grade, and has become physically abusive to the family.
They allege that two years ago, 15-year-old Malia became involved with a now 35-year-old man — a man recently charged with offenses including contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, strangulation, and possession of a firearm — to all of which he has pleaded not guilty. Malia says she’s defiant because her parents are “too strict,” and when it comes to her boyfriend, she says she loves him and will wait for him to get out of prison if he’s convicted. Mark and Melissa say they fear if they can’t get through to their daughter, she’ll end up dead. Can Dr. Phil help Malia?Read More
Sixteen years ago, Greg and Amanda secretly married during college. Greg’s mother, Kathy, says when she found out, she showed her support by buying the newlyweds a plot of land adjacent to her home so they could build a house of their own.
Greg and Amanda built their home and had two sons, but say they had a much harder time building their marriage. Amanda says this is largely the fault of her mother-in-law. Amanda says Kathy initially came across as “elderly and sweet,” but, over the years Amanda claims Kathy has turned into a “monster-in-law” who is a “lying, vindictive, manipulative snake.” But Kathy claims Amanda has anger problems, has threatened to set her house on fire, punched Kathy on the side of her head five times before taking out a restraining order after claiming she was in danger and had her arrested. The two women haven’t spoken in over a year. Meanwhile, Greg and Amanda divorced with benefits, as they were still secretly seeing each other until two weeks ago when they broke up again. Amanda says she now has an ultimatum for her husband turned ex-husband turned boyfriend turned ex-boyfriend: “Choose between your mom or me.”Read More
Dr. Phil continues his conversation with David and his family, who say they are worried about his 21-year-old daughter, Danielle.
They claim Danielle is a violent, angry “devil” who becomes possessed when she’s angry. But are David and the family to blame for Danielle’s behavior? Is there something deeper going on with Danielle?Read More
David claims his 21-year-old daughter, Danielle, has spiraled out of control. He says she’s already been arrested twice, once for “clocking” a man she was dating in the face, and the second time for public intoxication.
He claims Danielle has violent rages, refuses to take her medications, does drugs,
and regularly drives drunk. His girlfriend, Carlijn, says Danielle is an attention-seeker and that David enables her. Danielle says there’s nothing wrong with smoking marijuana and that it is “helpful not hurtful,” says her “beatings” are justified and doesn’t care about what anybody says – including her family. Danielle’s mother, Lora, admits says she’s terrified of her own daughter. She wants Danielle to get back on track. Can Dr. Phil help Danielle?
Sherry claims she is absolutely terrified of her 8-year-old son and his violent outbursts. She claims her son kills animals, stole the neighbor’s dog, and crashed his grandfather’s car!
Sherry says her elementary school son is a genius who opened a credit online and purchased over $750 in items. Sherry blames her son’s behavior on his father, Todd, who she says lets their son do “whatever he wants.” Todd says his son is a “normal boy that’s a bit unruly.” He says his son’s behavior is a result of all the prescription medications that Sherry has had him on since he was 3 years old. Todd says Sherry doesn’t have the patience to be a mother and is looking for “quick fix solutions” to their son’s behaviors. Is there still hope for 8-year-old Douglas? Can these parents agree on a plan to help their son?Read More
Angie and Hunter say they have given up on forcing their son, Rivers, to go to school.
He’s now officially truant, and they are waiting for the courts to step in because they say the only way to get Rivers to school is with police escort. Rivers only wants to play music and video games, and he won’t follow any rules, according to his family. The parents say Rivers lashes out violently and verbally not only toward them, but his younger brothers as well. His Aunt Cindy wrote into the show saying she is concerned for the safety of her sister and the rest of the family. Both parents say they cannot enforce consequences on their son because of his fits of rage. They come together as a family to see how to regain control of Rivers and their lives.Read More
Stacey and Dan claim their 18-year-old daughter, Tylor, is a rageaholic who verbally, mentally and physically abuses their entire family.
Stacey and Dan say they have called the police 30 times and have had Tylor arrested 10 times in the last two years. They say Tylor went to jail for seven months in January because she violated probation, and Stacey and Dan say their daughter’s behavior is now worse because she refuses to seek treatment for her diagnosed mental health disorders. Stacey and Dan say they need to get their daughter’s behavior under control as she is now 7 weeks pregnant! Tylor says her parents treat her like the black sheep of the family. She admits she has some anger issues, but says it’s actually her parents who are abusive. Stacey and Dan deny Tylor’s accusations and say Tylor is a liar and has a history of false reporting them to police and CPS. Tylor also accuses her parents of brainwashing her younger siblings to hate her. Can this family come together for the sake of Tylor’s unborn child?Read More
Before Dakota turned 16 years old, she had already been in trouble with the law, placed on house arrest, and started the school year with an ankle bracelet.
Despite facing two recent arrests and a possible stint in juvenile hall, Dakota claims to be a rebel who has no respect for authority and claims to have no remorse for her rebellious behavior. Will she be respectful toward Dr. Phil? Her mother, Cydney, claims she cannot control Dakota and has given up disciplining her teenage daughter. She says she has been forced to use physical violence in self-defense just to protect herself. How will Dr. Phil react to Cydney’s parenting decisions? Plus, Dakota’s father, John, blames Cydney for their daughter’s behavior and comes face to face with Cydney for the first time in months. It’s a reunion you won’t want to miss.Read More
Susan says she is desperate for Dr. Phil to help her 27-year-old son JJ. Susan claims her son is a lazy, stealing, unemployed, violent moocher who refuses to support himself or his 4-month-old son because he prefers to waste his days lying around drinking while she foots the bill, so she kicked him out.
Susan’s husband, Steven, says his wife went out and bought a camper van and relocated JJ from his bedroom to the garden in the backyard where she continues to bring food and even money out to him. JJ claims his mother Susan is disrespectful and should do more to motivate him rather than constantly criticize him. Susan and Steven say a mooching son doesn’t come cheap and claim to have spent almost $60,000 keeping up with the lifestyle to which JJ is accustomed. They also claim JJ has stolen upward of $28,000 worth of their most treasured possessions, including a diamond ring and a very rare coin collection to sell for money to buy alcohol and drugs. After witnessing several violent outbursts from JJ, Steven say enough is enough and points the finger directly at his wife whom he calls the “ultimate enabler.”Read More
Stories of horror and hope from Las Vegas. Dr. Phil speaks to brave survivors of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. A special report inside the hospitals treating victims.Read More
Actress Jan Broberg, who is known for roles in the television shows, “Everwood” and “Criminal Minds,” claims she was abducted twice when she was 12 and 14 years old by close family friend, Robert Berchtold.
She says Berchtold always paid special attention to her, often excluding her younger sister, Karen. Karen says Berchtold would go to their house every day and spent an abnormal amount of time with her sister, but she never thought he would do anything bad. Jan claims Berchtold molested, raped and brainwashed her into believing they were supposed to have a child together to save the world. Even after the first abduction, Jan’s mother Mary Ann continued to take Jan to see Berchtold. Mary Ann admits she was attracted to Berchtold and that is the reason she kept him in her life. Many years later, Jan claims Berchtold showed up at a woman’s conference where she was the guest speaker. Find out what happened to Robert Berchtold and how Jan is still struggling with her abduction today.Read More
Margaret emailed Dr. Phil about her 22-year-old son, Tommy. She says her youngest son was bright, creative and a personable young boy who used to dress in three-piece suits to school every day and occasionally take on the persona of his favorite movie villain.
But Margaret says something changed in Tommy around the same time his parents divorced 15 years ago. According to Margaret, Tommy is now manipulative and plagued by “demons.” He has broken his hand punching walls, he claims to have been assaulted multiple times, and now he sleeps in a tent in the middle of the hot desert. Margaret is on the brink of divorce once again, but this time it’s because her husband, David, has given her a deadline of two weeks to choose between him and Tommy. Tommy’s biological father, Tom, says his son is disturbed and unhappy. He hasn’t always seen eye to eye with his ex-wife, but the one thing they both agree is that this may truly be Tommy’s last hope.Read More
Aramazd Andressian Sr. claimed that after a trip to Disneyland with his son, Piqui, he was drugged and woke up in a park to find the child missing.
The boy’s mysterious disappearance became a top story in the news. Months later, Andressian Sr. confessed that he murdered his own son. In an exclusive interview, Piqui’s mother, Ana Estevez, tells her story for the first time. What she has to say about the man who took her son’s life will shock you.Read More
Susan says her son, Hans, legally changed his named to “Sexy Vegan.” She says Sexy constantly promotes himself as the “Vegan Messiah,” has tattooed his name on his forehead, walks the streets wearing nothing but a Speedo, and carries a full-length mirror wherever he goes.
Susan says Sexy has been arrested 15 times and that she has spent over $100,000 of her late husband’s $11 million inheritance on bailing him out. Raquel says she’s fed up with her brother and mother’s behavior. She says her mother is an enabler who is hopelessly devoted to supporting her 35-year-old brother, who she says is an embarrassment to the family. Sexy says he changed his name “for the liberation of 70 million animals.” He says Susan and Raquel want him to be a “Toyota when he’s a Ferrari.” He says he’s “too beautiful and talented” to have a 9 to 5 job and that is why his mother should support him. What will it take for Susan to stop enabling Sexy?Read More
Alex, Scott, and Sean claim their mother, Geraldine, abandoned them as young children 25 years ago to start a new family.
The boys say they began their life with a perfect soccer mom but were soon lost boys floating from home to home for most of their young lives. When Geraldine left, she moved across the country to start a new family. Geraldine wrote to the show saying she’s apologized over and over again, and it’s time for her sons to move on so she can have a relationship with her grandchildren. The three boys come face-to-face with their mom for the first time in years on Dr. Phil’s stage. Can this fractured family be saved?Read More
Sandra and her husband, Bobby, claim that after eating a hamburger and getting a mysterious illness, her daughter, Shaela, went from being a mother of two with a master’s degree working as a school counselor to being unemployed and living in an RV.
Sandra says Shaela has exhibited some very strange behaviors, including trimming bushes and pulling weeds in the middle of the night, and taking apart her entire RV. Sandra says she’s extremely concerned with her daughter’s dramatic change. Shaela says she is frustrated by her mother’s inability to trust her decisions, including how she wishes to raise her own children. Shaela’s sister, Sara, says Shaela was always mean and self-centered, before she lost her job, house and family.Read More
Susan emailed Dr. Phil claiming she’s at war with her son-in-law, David, and daughter, Bekah. Susan says she’s not sure why she’s not allowed to see her grandchildren.
Susan claims Bekah has blamed her “sinful behavior.” According to Susan, her daughter has told her that she thinks she’s a danger to her children’s souls. Susan also claims Bekah and David have diagnosed her with a personality disorder. She says they have told her that she needs to go to a psychiatrist and get treated. But Bekah says her mother knows good and well it was her “sinful behavior” that got her removed from their lives. Bekah claims her mother is unstable and even discharged a firearm in her own home. Can Susan mend things with her daughter and son-in-law, and will she ever see grandchildren again?Read More
Dr. Phil continues the conversation with frustrated parents Bill and Jen and their two teenage daughters, Meredith and Emma.
Bill explains why he says he drove recklessly and tailgated a police car at high speed … on purpose! Plus, Emma and Meredith are sent off stage by Dr. Phil. Emotions and tempers run high as the parents have to make a difficult decision about their daughters’ futures. When Emma and Meredith are confronted with the reality of what is about to happen to them, neither of them wants to move forward and protest to the end.
Bill and Jen claim their life is a living hell because they live in terror of not one, but two teenage daughters: 18-year-old Emma and her 16-year-old sister, Meredith.
These frustrated parents claim the girls’ behavior includes physical violence, explosive fights, spitting in Bill’s face, joyriding, taking drugs, drinking and shoplifting. Jen claims in the last two months, Emma’s violent outbursts include punching her 65-year-old grandfather in the face and knocking his glasses off and getting in a vicious fight with her sister Meredith that resulted in injuries requiring emergency medical attention. Bill says he feels that he can’t punish or parent the girls because they call the police on him with allegations of domestic abuse. Meredith and Emma say their parents are controlling and manipulative.Read More