Julie and Mike say that their 16-year-old daughter, Brooke, may look sweet and innocent, but she’s really an out-of-control teen who fights, runs away from home, shoplifts and dates older men. And, meet Jody, an admitted alcoholic and anorexic. Can Dr. Phil save these two from themselves?
Brooke: “A Cross between a Pit Bull and an Angry Chihuahua”
Julie says her 16-year-old daughter, Brooke, is vain, self-obsessed and violent. Julie says Brooke has pushed her twice and recently was in a fight so severe, the other girl ended up in the emergency room.
Brooke admits that she’s been in at least five fights this year alone but denies attacking her mom. She says Julie has been the violent one in their fights and has slapped her twice and called her names. Brooke says she ran away from home because she can’t stand living with her mom.
Mike says his daughter, Brooke, needs more discipline.
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Dr. Phil tells Julie that she is inconsistent, gets on Brooke’s level, calls her names, is violent and models bad behavior. He questions whether Julie and Mike acknowledge their own accountability in Brooke’s troubles. “You have dragged her to the therapeutic alter, dropped her off and said, ‘Call me when you’re done,’” he says.
Dr. Phil tells Brooke that she’s acting out because she lacks problem-solving skills, impulse control, word power, the ability to acknowledge the consequences of her actions, anger management and needs a new way to express herself.
Watch footage of Brooke’s recent brawl. “I wasn’t the one who started it, but I was down to fight.”
Brooke says her mom has called her names and told her that being a stripper would be her highest career aspiration. How does Julie defend her statements?
Dr. Phil reads Brooke’s runaway letter.
Jody: Admitted Anorexic and Alcoholic
Jen says that her 24-year-old daughter, Jody, is too thin, too tan and drinks too much. Jen says Jody developed an eating disorder in elementary school. “If she doesn’t change, I’m terrified I’m going to be burying my child,” Jen says.
“I do enjoy getting drunk. I know it’s a problem. I just don’t care,” Jody says. She admits that she has an eating disorder, but says she’s “fatter than I want to be.” Jody says that she’s currently 95 pounds, but would like to be 90.
Ashley says her sister, Jody, will drink until she blacks out. “It’s disgusting and unhealthy,” she says. “It’s crazy watching someone whom you love and care about that much just destroy themselves every day. She’s killing herself, and it’s horrible to watch.”
“I’m not happy at a healthy weight,” Jody tells Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil tells Jody that she can be happy at a healthy weight, she just doesn’t know how.
Jen says Jody was in a drunken car crash that she helped cover up.
Dr. Phil gives Jen some tough love. “You made sure that she didn’t get accountability, help or treatment at that time because you covered for her.”
Dr. Phil has a one-on-one with Jody. “It’s like playing Russian Roulette.”
Brooke and Jody agree to get help at treatment centers specialized toward their individual needs.