The Real Lives of Desperate Housewives: Rita
Dr. Phil helps seven women to stop living a lie and start revealing the truth.
"I had a huge panic attack last night," says Rita. "It's been years and years since I've had a panic attack and that was a doozy." The incident started when they got menus to order dinner. "I was freaking out because I couldn't understand it," she says. "And then everybody was talking ... I just had to get out of there."

Dr. Phil wants to know, "What do you suppose would have happened if you had just asked for help? ... It's just deciding that you count enough that people are going to care what you have to say. I guarantee you it would be absolutely fine whatever help you needed. But you're just so used to being invisible so you just disappear."

Talking to all the women, Dr. Phil says, "Every one of you has a personal truth that's caused you to settle in this life. Because we live to our personal truth." To Rita: "You are the perfect example of it. And your personal truth has you depressed, lonely, unfulfilled, unchallenged, unutilized so you do what you think makes people happy, even though it doesn't make you happy."

Dr. Phil asks Rita about her husband: "Do you know if he's having an affair?"

"I never physically saw him doing anything. I have pretty good suspicions, but you know, that's alright."
Dr. Phil wants to make sure he understands Rita's point of view. "You're saying, 'Hey, it's fine. I don't want to lose my lifestyle, I don't want my kids to lose their lifestyle, and I don't have that much to do with him anyway.' ... That's basically your position, right?"

She agrees.

Dr. Phil continues: "But this may not be your choice. Because if he is having an affair and if he is falling in love and if he does in fact come home and say, 'You know what? I want her and not you and I'm out of here,' where are you? Something dramatic has to happen in your life. And the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. You can go home and the best predictor is that you're going to do exactly what you did before you got here. You choose the behavior, you choose the consequences. What I care about is that you have a plan for your life."

"That's what I need to be working on," Rita admits.

"I bet we can help you with that. Are you going to let these guys help you?

"Yeah, that would be good."