Julianne claims her daughter’s boyfriend, Leighton, has “lied his way through life” and is turning her beautiful daughter, Mariah, into a liar and a con artist.
She claims Leighton lied about being kidnapped, faked cancer and convinced a friend to give him $70,000 for a business that never opened. She claims he even created a crowdfunding page to raise money to treat his alleged cancer. Julianne also blames him for getting her daughter, Mariah, addicted to drugs. But Mariah says Leighton absolutely did not get her addicted to drugs — he just helped her because she has “bad veins.” Leighton and Mariah are pointing the finger at Julianne and claim she is the one who first introduced her daughter to marijuana. Leighton says Julianne is very controlling and manipulative and constantly tries to break them up because she despises him. In a tense in-studio showdown, Julianne faces off against Mariah and Leighton. Are Mariah and Leighton ready to get help? Why was hotel security called before the show, and what happened after Leighton and Mariah arrived at the studio before the taping?Read More
Brooke says she turned to God three years ago to help her get through tough times. But her husband, Jack, says his wife has gone to extremes with her new beliefs – he says she thinks God and Jesus speak to her and through her.
Jack says it’s causing problems in their marriage because he claims that when he challenges her about God, she becomes unrecognizable and full of rage — red-faced, bulging eyes, spitting and screaming at him. Brooke says all she wants is for Jack to treat her with dignity and respect and to really listen to her beliefs without question. Find out the haunting discovery Dr. Phil makes from Brooke’s past that may help Jack understand why Brooke has changed.Read More
Identical 16-year-old twins Taylor and Tricia both say they may only have a few months to live due to their deadly “identical” eating disorder. The twins say in order to continue to stay as thin as possible, they do everything identically the same, including counting the 12 crackers they allow themselves to eat. They say their need to look identical fuels their disease because neither wants to be known as the “fatter twin.” Their mother, Vicky, says she thought her daughters’ dire condition would unite her and the twins’ father, Robert, but says it has done the opposite. Robert says he blames Vicky in large part for their daughters’ eating disorder because he claims it was a result of Vicky having had an affair — which she denies — and “breaking up their marriage.” Robert says he’s embarrassed to be seen in public with the twins because they look like “toothpicks,” and admits he has called them both horrible names out of frustration. Can Dr. Phil get these two parents on the same page in order to save Tricia and Taylor’s lives? Plus, the man Vicky is accused of leaving her marriage for confronts Robert about the way he treats the twins. It’s an emotional Dr. Phil, you cannot miss.Read More
Dr. Phil continues his discussion with Kristine who claims her estranged husband, Jerry, is depleting their finances by sending money to “random” women he meets online.
Kristine says she believes the women Jerry has been talking to are not real. Today, Jerry will finally find out about who many of these women are. Hear from one of the women behind the pictures. What she has to say may be a surprise for both Kristine and Jerry. Does Jerry say he will continue his online relationships? What does Kristine say about staying with her estranged husband or leaving him once and for all?Read More
Kristine says she wants her estranged husband Jerry to stop sending money to “random” women he meets online.
She claims he is depleting their finances and that now they may lose their family home. Jerry claims Kristine is physically abusive and that she once put him in a chokehold when she found texts on his phone from another woman. Kristine says she feels she has done everything she can do to save her marriage and that after learning that Jerry has “blown all of his money” on women who she claims are catfishing and scamming him, she has completely lost her trust.Read More
Terese says her 32-year-old daughter, Kristen, is an alcoholic who drinks straight vodka hidden in water bottles and stays drunk for six to seven weeks straight.
Terese says her daughter has gotten five DUIs and has been found by police on different occasions, passed out on the street, lying unconscious in a mall parking lot, and passed out drunk outside her apartment. Kristen admits she has a problem with alcohol but says she drinks because she likes it and it makes her feel empowered. Is Kristen ready to get help? Find out what happens when it’s time for Kristen to finally sit down to talk to Dr. Phil.
Michael and Sharen Gravelle were convicted of child endangerment and abuse for their parenting tactics, including making their children sleep in cages.
Eighteen-year-old Simon says he was a survivor of the abuse. Dr. Phil producers track down one of Simon’s adopted siblings, a young girl named Abba, and surprise the two by reuniting them for the first time in 10 years. And, there are more shocking revelations when Simon and Abba are reunited with other people from their past, including the person who reported the abuse which then helped with their rescue!Read More
Twenty-six-year-old Stefanie says that ever since her mother, Cheryl’s, divorce 11 years ago, Cheryl has been absolutely obsessed with her and has turned Stefanie into her spouse in every sense, except intimately.
Stefanie says her mom demands daily phone calls and texts, has no sense of boundaries and has used her as a confidant ever since she was a child. Stefanie says she believes her mom is guilty of “emotional incest”! The troubles in their relationship came to a head when Stefanie began dating Michael, who claims Cheryl is less of a mother and more of a “smother” and has been hell-bent on destroying their relationship, all under the guise of being a devoted mom. Cheryl says ever since Michael came into the picture, Stefanie’s view of their relationship has been poisoned and her disrespect has been amped-up. Can Dr. Phil help bring some peace to this fierce family feud?Read More
Michelle says on her first dinner date with Tom, whom she met on a dating website in 2009, she introduced him to her five kids, and within a year she was pregnant with Tom’s baby.
Soon after that first date, they were married and six years and two kids later, Michelle and Tom are divorced with their young children stuck in the middle of a bitter custody dispute. Tom claims Michelle tried to hire someone to kill him and refuses to let him see or have any contact with his two sons whatsoever. Michelle denies trying to hire a hitman but admits she has kept their children from Tom because she claims he is a “dangerous narcissist” who believes he is “90 percent smarter than the rest of the human race” and has physically attacked her and their children – an accusation Tom denies. Dr. Phil introduces the couple to Dr. John Chirban, a member of the Dr. Phil advisory board who holds a doctorate with distinction from Harvard University and is the author of Collateral Damage: Guiding and Protecting Your Child Through the Minefield of Divorce, who offers his invaluable insight on this couple’s situation and talks about his key findings from his “Children and Divorce National Survey.”Read More
Bethany was recently released from a hospital after two months due to the effects of her IV heroin use.
From being in a medically induced coma for 10 days and placed on life support, to needing emergency open heart surgery and a pacemaker, she nearly lost her life. But despite nearly dying, Bethany says she is still using heroin multiple times a day but lies to her family and tells them that she is sober. That’s not the only dark secret Bethany is keeping from her family. How will her family react to Bethany’s new revelations and watching video of her using drugs? Plus, find out what leaves Bethany’s father in tears and almost unable to even speak to his youngest child?Read More
Kendall claims she was sold by her parents at birth to a powerful international sex trafficker. She says when she wasn’t locked in a cage with other kidnapped children, she was flown all over the world on private planes, being sold to wealthy and powerful men.
Kendall says as she grew older, she would often escort these rich and prominent clients to black tie affairs and high profile sporting events. From doctors and politicians to even law enforcement, Kendall says she was taught how to act and dress in order to never raise suspicion. For the first time since she says she left her life of sex trafficking three years ago, Kendall tells her story and explains why she is still petrified that the boss of this operation, whom she calls “the man who owns her,” will find her and bring her back.Read More
Dorothy says she moved her sister, Denise, and niece, Tanyadawn, away from the bad neighborhood where Tanyadawn grew up in order to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish.
Denise claims Tanyadawn has always been picked on by other girls because she is so pretty. Now, fighting has landed her daughter with a serious felony charge. Trying to break away from her negative upbringing, 17-year-old Tanyadawn struggles to find her way while juggling a newborn baby, school and criminal probation. Can Dr. Phil help the teen break the self-destructive patterns to which she has become accustomed?Read More
Josh says he has very specific and high demands for his future wife, Rebecca, who he has been dating for over two years, and he says she is not ready to walk down the aisle yet.
Josh says he’s a traditional man who brings home the bacon and expects Rebecca to keep a spotless home, take care of the children, and put supper on the table when he gets home from work. Rebecca says Josh is too controlling and feels nothing she ever does is good enough for him. Rebecca says she wants Dr. Phil to fix their relationship, but Josh says he wants to tell her something that he’s been holding in — and says he fears she’s not going to be happy about what he has to say.Read More
Twenty-six-year-old Blake is a college graduate who studied psychology and was on the dean’s list with a 3.5 GPA. But, he has admittedly thrown it to the wayside to sit around all day and smoke pot in the rent-free house his mom has put him up in.
He has some aspirations – like stripping off his shirt to show off his self-professed buff body, because he claims he has some real potential as a model. But Blake’s mom, Sandra, and sister, Sarah, say there’s something deeply wrong with Blake because they claim he’s verbally abusive to them and disrespectful to other women. And, they claim he refuses to work for less than $100,000. What is really going on with Blake? And, can Dr. Phil break through his tough façade?Read More
Sixteen-year-old Morgan wrote to Dr. Phil saying she was desperate for help because she felt her mother Arlene was choosing her registered sex offender boyfriend, Mark, over her and even moved him into their house despite Morgan saying she felt uncomfortable.
Morgan says she confided in her school guidance counselor about the troubles at home and the Department Of Children and Family Services quickly got involved, which resulted in Morgan moving in with her mom’s best friend, Anne, and Arlene signing over short-term guardianship – something Anne says is not enough. Arlene says Mark is absolutely not guilty of what he was convicted of and she’d never put her daughter in harm’s way. Mark says he had no intention of coming between this mother and daughter.Read More
When Janice and Wayne spoke with Dr. Phil, their 16-year-old daughter Darbi had been missing for 24 days, and Dr. Phil questioned whether the parents were more focused on their hatred toward each other than working together to find their child.
Just hours after they left Dr. Phil’s stage, they got a phone call that Darbi was alive. Janice and Wayne rushed the scene to meet their daughter. Why does Darbi say she left home? And, what does she reveal about what happened during her time on the run?Read More
When Camille wrote to Dr. Phil, her niece, Darbi, had been missing for over a month – and it wasn’t the first time Darbi had disappeared.
In November 2015, Darbi ran away and became a victim of sex trafficking. Camille says she fears that nothing will happen to save Darbi’s life if Darbi’s parents, Janice and Wayne, don’t end their feuding and come together to help their daughter. Janice accuses Wayne of being a “Disneyland” father who took a back seat to parenting. Janice says she is convinced that Wayne’s absence is the reason Darbi started using drugs and running away. Wayne blames Janice for traumatizing their daughter because she is involved in a lesbian relationship. He claims Janice exposed Darbi to sex, drugs and porn, which Janice denies. Shannon, Janice’s wife, blames Wayne for Darbi’s overly sexual behavior. She claims he may have molested Darbi, causing her to seek out older men for drugs and sex, a claim he adamantly denies.Read More
Donna and Len say they are estranged from their handsome, college-educated son, Brandon, who is on the run from the law.
Brandon says he’s “peacefully resisting” a federal arrest warrant by leaving town and heading to Hollywood to become a rock star. But Brandon’s parents aren’t blaming just him for making a mess of his life. They say they also blame his new wife, Chloe, who encouraged Brandon to “follow his dreams.” You won’t want to miss this family reunion. And, find out if Dr.Phil can help put this family back together again.Read More
Dr. Phil continues his conversation with Tom and Karen who say their 15-year-old daughter, Madison, is out of control. Both parents say if one troubled teen wasn’t enough, Madison is now corrupting her 13-year-old sister, Liz.
Tom and Karen say they are so terrified of their two teenage daughters that every night they put their house on lockdown and barricade themselves into their bedroom to avoid attacks. Karen says Liz has become Madison’s partner in crime and now the 13-year-old has already been in trouble with police. The parents say they fear that their fractured family cannot be put back together. Today, for the first time, meet Liz, who has harsh words for her parents as emotions run high both on stage with Dr. Phil and backstage after taping.Read More
Tom and Karen say their 15-year-old daughter, Madison, is out of control.
Tom says he has served seven tours of duty in the Middle East commanding troops but says he has faced his scariest and most dangerous enemy in his own home. Tom and Karen say the police have been called 100 times and Madison has been charged four times with domestic abuse for physically attacking Tom. In addition, they claim Madison has stolen their car 30 times, and most recently, Tom says Madison was in an 80-mile-per-hour car chase — while high on drugs, with a friend carrying a gun — which ended with the car being totaled. Tom and Karen say they desperately need Dr. Phil’s help as they fear for their lives.Read More