Autumn and Mark have been living in the Arizona desert for a year and a half. They say it can be freeing to live off the grid, but it’s not easy.

“It’s a half-mile walk just to get water or supplies,” says Autumn. She admits, “Every single thing is a chore.”

The couple says they like having an “independent” lifestyle in spite of living around dangerous wildlife and without modern conveniences. Autumn’s mother, Brenda, and stepfather, Andy, say they’re deeply concerned for both Autumn and Mark’s safety.

“They don’t have a bathroom; they don’t have running water. They dumpster-dive for food,” says Brenda.

Andy says, “Living off the grid means you’re self-sufficient. You can grow your own food; you can take a shower. They’re just homeless, living in the desert.”

Brenda and Andy say it’s time for Autumn to return home. Can Dr. Phil help them persuade her to stop camping in the desert?

This episode of Dr. Phil, “‘Is Our Homeless Daughter Brainwashed, Lazy or Just Entitled?’,” airs Monday. Check your local listing to find out where to watch.

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