Pamela calls her 15 cats her “babies” and admits that she’s obsessed with them. She says she spends hours a day feeding them and checking to make sure they’re OK, and that she rarely leaves her house because she’s afraid something may happen to one of them. She says this causes problems with her marriage to her husband, Mitch, and that she’s ready to end her obsession.

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On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil explains to Pamela how her behavior has become “abnormal” because it is interfering with daily functioning and disrupting her life. When Pamela reveals that as a child, she would grow attached to animals who were then suddenly removed from her home, Dr. Phil explains how that type of experience may have caused her anxiety which is contributing to her behavior today.

“You’re paralyzed by anxiety, and you’re hiding behind these cats to keep from dealing with it,” Dr. Phi says to her.

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In the video above, Dr. Phil explores how Pamela’s admitted low self-esteem is also playing a role in her cat obsession.

This episode airs Wednesday. Watch more here.

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