Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Mary Lambert’s says she abused as a child, attempted suicide at 17, turned to drugs and alcohol before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and survived multiple sexual assaults throughout her childhood. Her poetry collection “Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across” explores themes of childhood abuse, sexual trauma, body acceptance, and mental illness, stemming from the entertainer’s personal experiences.

“I'm really impressed by it - and impressed by your courage,” Dr. Phil tells the artist on this week’s “Phil in the Blanks” podcast.

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