Zip Code:
Provider Type:

          Caught on Tape: A Mom's Out-of-Control Rage

          August 31, 2012

          Summer, 17, says her mother, Susan, has been a “raging lunatic” for the past nine years, claiming Susan yells and curses, has stabbed paintings, mattresses and walls with knives and has even physically attacked her husband, Summer’s father, Peter — and her wrath has been documented in at least 60 home videos. Summer says the chaos in the home led to her becoming a promiscuous, out-of-control teenager who was using drugs by age 13. Although she has since cleaned up her life, Summer says she’s now concerned for her 20-year-old sister, Amber, who has turned to drugs and alcohol — she suspects for the same reasons: to escape their hostile family environment. Peter says his wife’s violent rages are often aimed at him. Find out why he says he refuses to leave, no matter what. Susan says her entire family has turned against her, and she has one foot out the door. What is at the root of her rage? Can Dr. Phil help her heal her fractured family?

          More than 16 million kids in the United States are at risk for hunger each day. Fortunately, you can help. Visit Feeding America to find your local food bank. And, help Dr. Phil raise enough money for 10 million meals. Donate today!

          See Susan’s rage caught on home video.

          Why won’t Peter leave?

          Standing Up for Herself?

          Susan says she yells and screams because she’s no longer going to be a doormat for her family. She calls Peter a “mentally abusive, heartless, two-faced, lying loser” and says it’s his fault that their family is in chaos.

          Is Susan there to defend or change her behavior?

          Dr. Phil and Susan butt heads, and Susan walks offstage.

          Numbing the Pain

          Amber, 20, says she’s learned to escape the family chaos with a little help: She goes out every night and drinks until the point of blacking out. Peter says he had no idea. Dr. Phil tells them it’s time they learn to cope in healthier ways, while working to fix the problem.

          Susan rejoins the conversation. Is she addicted to prescription medication, as her family believes?

          Dr. Phil offers the family help. “Reinforcements have arrived.”

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

          Tell Us Your Story

          Be on the Show! Text “PHIL” to 88500

          Want to Be on the New Show “Face the Truth”?

          Want to be on “Face the Truth”, a new show by Stage 29 Productions (producer of “The Doctors”), hosted by Vivica A. Fox?

          Be Part of a New Project

          January Baby Shower for Mom in Detroit?

          Know someone planning a January baby shower in the Detroit area? Tell us! This is a project for Jay McGraw, not “Dr. Phil” (although it may be featured on the show), please note it is a commercial project.

          Be on the Show

          Explosive Family Drama?

          Does everyone in your family have strong personalities and refuse to back down?

          Be on the Show

          Need Dr. Phil’s Help?

          Share your story for a chance to be on the show!

          Be Part of a New Project

          Mom of Kid 2 or Younger In Detroit?

          Know a mom living in the Detroit area with a child wearing diapers? If so, tell us! This is a project for Jay McGraw, not “Dr. Phil” (although it may be featured on the show), please note it is a commercial project.

          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 family struggling with hunger during the holidays.

          Be on the Show

          Have a Story Dr. Phil Won’t Believe?

          Want to appear on Dr. Phil? Text PHIL to 88500

          Simple Share Buttons
          Simple Share Buttons