“The reason why I really rebel is because my mom is too strict,” says Marissa. The 16-year-old admits she drinks, smokes marijuana, has stolen her mom’s car, and sneaks out of the house – but says it’s normal teen behavior. “All my friends hate my mom because she’s so strict.”
Marissa and her mother, Heather, appeared on Dr. Phil six months ago because Heather said she needed help with how to parent Marissa more effectively.

“I learned that I needed to communicate with my mom when she was doing something wrong. But, she’s oblivious to what I have to say most of the time. She’s always just agreeing with me,” Marissa says. “There’s no way of gaining her trust, so what’s the point in trying?”
Hear about a text message exchange Marissa had with a friend where the teen jokingly tells her friend she tried to kill her mother.
On Thursday’s episode, "'Last Ditch Attempt to Save My Daughter,'" see what happens when Marissa and Heather speak to Dr. Phil and child behavioral psychologist Dr. Michele Borba. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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