“It’s been a really rough marriage,” says Denise about her life with her husband, David. She claims that from taking care of their home and buying groceries, to the position she sleeps in at night, or whether she can attend AA meetings – David controls every aspect of her life.

“I need his permission for everything,” she says.

David agrees that he has been controlling of Denise “in the past,” but insists that’s because he was being “overprotective” - and that he is getting better.

When Dr. Phil asks Denise why she says she needs David’s “permission” to do anything, how does she respond? Plus, find out why David says he feels like he is in competition with the couple’s two young daughters for Denise’s attention.

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