Monday November 21, 2022


White Coat Betrayal

On October 20, 2022, Dr. James Heaps, an obstetrician-gynecologist and oncologist at UCLA, was found guilty of five counts related to sexual assault and misconduct against some of his patients. Since his arrest in 2019, hundreds of alleged victims have come forward, claiming they were sexually assaulted during one or more of their wellness examinations with Dr. Heaps. However, Dr. Heaps continues to maintain his innocence. Today, four of his victims – Melanie, Ellen, Nicole, and Gaby – speak out and share their stories of the horrific abuse they claim they endured. Their attorneys, Darren Kavinoky and Jennifer McGrath, say things need to change now to hold predators and the large institutions who employ them accountable.

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Tuesday November 22, 2022


Inside America’s Teen Mental Health Crisis

The Surgeon General’s Advisory stated, before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health challenges were the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people. The pandemic shutdown further exacerbated the mental challenges, and youth mental health is trending in the wrong direction across the country. Why is this happening? How do parents and schools play a role? Some experts believe young people were never taught how to fend for themselves because they were raised in a bubble by “concierge parents“ who protected them from learning about life and developing resiliency. Twenty-four-year-old Gracelyn says she describes her childhood just that way. She admits she was overprotected in some ways growing up, which she believes led to struggles with anxiety and depression for the past six years. What does she reveal for the first time? Also, parents of teens with mental health struggles talk about their frustrations. This is a life-saving episode you won’t want to miss.

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Wednesday November 23, 2022


A Teen’s Near-Fatal Decision

The conversation about the rise in mental health issues among young people continues. Dr. Phil speaks with 22-year-old Emma, who says she was a cheerleader and “picture-perfect American girl” who appeared happy on the outside but was secretly struggling with severe anxiety and depression, which led her to make a near-fatal decision that changed her life forever. Ross Szabo, the wellness director at Geffen Academy at UCLA, the CEO of the Human Power Project, and co-author with Melanie Hall of Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health, says he has ideas to implement more mental health education in schools. And, Massachusetts's Congressman Seth Moulton shares his latest project: the new 9-8-8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Americans experiencing a mental health crisis or who are concerned about the mental health of a loved one are now able to dial 9-8-8 and get rapid, free, trained and confidential help from a network of 200+ local crisis centers nationwide.

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Thursday November 24, 2022


America’s Short Fuse: Afraid to Leave the House

An umpire gets punched in the face by an upset mother, a worker gets a drink thrown in her face over a 25-cent overcharge on cheese fries, a customer rips a cash register off the counter after an order was made incorrectly, and a man gets so angry on the road while driving that he ends up dead. It sometimes feels like it has gotten too dangerous to leave the house because people’s fuses are so short. What has happened to America? Why do people feel that they can do anything to anyone these days, that rules just don’t apply to them, and/or if they don’t like something, they have the right to intimidate, verbally abuse or even physically assault you? Dr. Phil speaks with people who have experienced firsthand when someone blows their fuse.

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Friday November 25, 2022


Homeless Encampment Bans: Sweep or Stay?

California reportedly holds more than half of all unsheltered homeless people in the United States and the highest number of homeless encampments. Clusters of tent cities line almost every block. Beach paths, parks, underpasses and street dividers look like “Skid Row.” California’s problem is reflective of a growing national crisis, and now, major cities across the U.S. are taking aim at the issue by passing new laws that restrict where the homeless can camp. But, these new measures are sparking a heated debate. Dr. Phil is joined by a councilman who claims he has the solutions, as well as the Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Plus, go inside some of Los Angeles’ most dangerous encampments, and hear from a homeless woman who says there is hope.

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