Vanessa says that she’s afraid to eat most foods because she fears she will choke and die. She says she hasn’t had a meal in almost four years and survives on a diet of protein shakes, candy, water and “safe foods.”

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Her husband, Michael, says he’s at his wits’ end because Vanessa is slowly killing herself. He claims his wife also has convinced herself that she has suffered from many illnesses – and even takes on his illnesses.

“If she has chest pains, she’s convinced she’s having a heart attack,” Michael says. “If I have problems with my feet, she has problems with her feet. If I have a headache, trust me, she has a headache. It’s like she plays copycat.”

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In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews some of the behaviors Vanessa says she has endured. See why Dr. Phil says, “You seem to really have a chip on your shoulder,” and how Vanessa responds. And on Friday, see what Dr. Phil thinks may be causing Vanessa’s behavior. Check here to see where you can watch.

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What Dr. Phil Says May Be Causing Woman’s Food Disorder