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          Extreme Disorders

          January 17, 2006

          Dr. Phil sheds light on a pair of extreme neurological disorders: Tourette syndrome and Asperger’s syndrome. Widely misunderstood, these disorders take a toll not only on the person who has them, but on the person’s family and loved ones. Learn about the symptoms and also some revolutionary treatments that are giving hope to people who suffer from them. 

           

           

          Disorder in the Family

          Meet a couple whose son was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 3. See how they have come to deal with their son’s erratic behavior, and why the disorder has driven a wedge between them.


          Find out what Rich has been hiding from Karen.

            


           

          Should They Fear Him?

          Alex, 15, talks about his experience with Asperger’s and how it affects his relationships with family members and friends at school.

           



          “I’ll just feel my whole body shaking at times.”

           


           

          No Offense Intended

          Craig lives with Tourette syndrome and can’t control his physical tics or keep from constantly uttering obscenities — literally hundreds of times a day.

           


          Find out how Craig’s disorder has led to public altercations.

           


           

          Amy’s Love

          Craig and Amy are engaged and have decided they want to have children. Will their kids go through life with tics like their father? And Dr. Phil shares a method of treating the disorder that Craig has never tried.

          “I’ve never once in my life been sorry I was born.”

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          SPECIAL THANKS

          S. Gregory Hipskind, M.D., Ph.D.,  Senior Medical Advisor , Brain Matters, Inc.

          WATCH

          The HBO documentary I Have Tourette’s but Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me will air on HBO in February and HBO Family in March.

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          Toxic Relative?

          Do you have a relative who you are completely at odds with because of their toxic behavior? Desperate for Dr. Phil’s help?

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          I’m Living a Nightmare!

          Is your story so extreme that it’s unbelievable? Do you feel your problems have no end?

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          Explosive Family Drama?

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

          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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          Have a Story Dr. Phil Won’t Believe?

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

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