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          Breaking Teens' Bad Habits

          September 10, 2003

          Drinking binges, breaking curfew, co-ed sleepovers… the teenage years can be a parent’s worst nightmare and an adolescent’s biggest challenge. Dr. Phil and his son Jay discuss ways for parents and teens to survive adolescence and still get along.
          ‘He’s Out of Control’
          Jayne’s 16-year-old son Matt has come home drunk several times and frequently breaks his curfew. Jayne says that he is “out of control” and worries that she is “failing him” as a mother.

          A New Way of Communicating
          Cyndi says her 15-year-old daughter Lacey has sneaked boys into their house and lied about where she spends the night. She’s desperate for a way to communicate with her daughter.

          Home for the Summer
          After a year in military school, 15-year-old Andy has improved his grades and his attitude, but his mom Gerri is still worried that he will slip into his old patterns when he comes home for the summer.


          View their stories and Dr. Phil’s response.

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          Refer to Jay McGraw’s book Closing the Gap for more on bullying, including how to deal with bullies and how to stop being a bully.

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          Know a “Bad Bride”?

          Are you a bridesmaid under pressure to look “perfect?” Is the bride demanding that all her bridesmaids lose weight and get into shape before the big day?

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          Know Someone Refusing to Act Their Age?

          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

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          At War with Mom?

          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

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          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

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          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

          Help & Resources

          Find Treatment Centers and Therapists!

          Check out the mental health treatment programs that have assisted Dr. Phil guests.

          Feeding America

          Learn how you can help feed a child this summer.

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