Karen says her 31-year-old daughter, Kayleigh’s, struggle with body dysmorphia
began her senior year of high school. “It looked like somebody just flipped a switch on her, and she became a completely different person,” she claims. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Life in crisis?
She says Kayleigh’s body dysmorphia
was so bad, she didn’t go to school for half her senior year. “Many days, I would go to work and then I would find out Kayleigh hadn’t even been to school,” says Karen. “She would just crawl back into bed and not get out for the rest of the day.”
Back then, Karen claims, “Kayleigh always felt people were looking at her and talking about her because she felt that she was deformed.” Now, she says, “Because of her obsession with looks, Kayleigh doesn’t really take care of herself like she should.”
Kayleigh says she hates the way she looks
and claims she constantly obsesses over her own body; comparing herself to other women, which she says makes her feel like there is nothing she can do to be pretty enough.
Karen says Kayleigh is on disability, and she pays for her daughter’s phone bill and her tanning.
“Yes, I have enabled her,” she admits.
Why does Karen say it’s hard for her to sympathize with her daughter? Tune in to Wednesday’s Dr. Phil.
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