2012 Shows

(Original Air Date: 10/19/12) Jennifer says that for the past 20 years, she has been suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, and that it rules every aspect of her life. Watch as Jennifer demonstrates how everyday tasks -- like preparing food, cleaning furniture and just leaving the house -- have become exhausting rituals that take her up to 13 hours to complete. Jennifer reluctantly travels to Dr. Phil with the help of her best friend, Howard. “I don’t want to live with OCD, but I don’t know if I know how to live without it,” Jennifer confesses. Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board weighs in on Jennifer’s condition and offers treatment. Can she leave her comfort zone in order to get help? Then, Pam and Jack say their 25-year-old son, Michael’s, OCD is so severe that they’re afraid to leave him alone. They say Michael often goes into a trance -- the longest lasting 21 hours -- during which he screams, curses and punches himself repeatedly. Pam and Jack say they’ve tried multiple treatments and more than 10 different medications, but nothing has helped. Watch as Michael visits leading neuroradiologist Dr. Bradley Jabour, who performs a brain scan to see what’s going on inside Michael’s head. See the fascinating results, and hear Dr. Jabour’s plans for Michael -- and Jennifer. Plus, meet Bob, who says Dr. Jabour’s program saved his life. And, log on to DrPhil.com for more information about OCD warning signs and treatments.

Find out what happened on the show.
Replied By: jergard on Aug 19, 2014, 10:55AM
Can Michael have P.A.N.D.A.S?
Replied By: rebeemaried on Apr 10, 2014, 9:40PM
It sounds like a horrible title doesn't it but it's actually the pressure my middle son  Colin  goes through every day.   Until I saw this segment about the life of OCD, I just thought he wanted to just be the perfect child so he can soar over his older and younger brother and impress his dad.  Not the case at all..he has to be perfect because his body is telling him to.  

Colin's rutine ( sorry I can't spell it) is every morning he starts the day off with  making sure his bed is made and even with no wrinkles and the pillow is straight, then he moves to straighten his room and pick up every dust particle or wipe it down.  He then starts his workout  routine with  50 situps and 100 push-ups  ( they have to be exactly 50 or 100).  He gets really frustrated when his routine goes out of order.  He will hit himself in the head several time and clench his teeth and scream.  It's so hard to see our son go through this every day.  I'm afraid it will only get worse with time.

Replied By: loveyougod on Jul 18, 2013, 1:05AM - In reply to loridouthat
I agree with you on this.

since the first moment i saw michael's video i thought: he needs to be delivered. God isnt in controle here , but the devil took possesion of him. I pray That he and his parents Will ask God for help and deliverance because God is almighty and he can save michael. Bless you
Replied By: metallibunny on May 6, 2013, 12:36AM
hello, i'm in Australia and just saw this episode of Dr. Phil on Channel 10.

I'm wondering how Michael is doing since being treated with the magnetic machine that helps change parts of the brain?

thank you :)
Replied By: photopro12 on Dec 29, 2012, 12:48PM
I have struggled with OCD most of my life with my earliest memory being around 5 years old.  I had a terrible fear of storms and found myself the brunt of many bullies and at that time ignorance to a real problem.  Years later when my own child went to my elementary school some of the same teachers where there and one night at a PTA meeting I ran into my fourth grade teacher and infront of everyone she said "aren't you the little girl who use to hide under the table during thunderstorms?"  Quite an embarrassing moment...one of many throughout my life.

I have often wondered how many people out there suffer from the Obsessive part of OCD.  I feel like that is the worst and all people ever want to talk about is the compulsions.  I think I would take washing my hands a thousand times a day, counting, clicking, pulling, pinching etc. than to have to deal with the obessive thoughts that run through my head everyday.    I suffer from what has been called "Catastrophism" which is terrifying.  I have catastrophic fears that plague me everyday.  I can't enjoy being outside because of them.  I prefer nightime to daylight anyway.  I have no one to really tell these fears to because how totally out of control they really are.  The power of suggestion will practically bring my world to a stop.  This thing with December 21st "Dooms Day" has been on my daily plate since March 2012.  I have worried about this everyday since I first accidently heard about it on the radio.  I was so overcome with worry that I have been eating Xanax daily, putting together a plan to get me through it by purchasing Zzzzzquil (a couple bottles) and drink it beginning the 20th through 21st so that I would sleep either through it or during it.  I was afraid that I may drink too much so I decided not to go that direction...I'm was scared not suicidal.  So I decided to talk to my partner about my fears and intentions and she told me that I should not worry that if something huge was happening that the tv would be covered with news and the President would be talking to the public etc.  She told me to look around me and see how people are reacting and judge from that.  It got me through it and I was able be alone part of the day working from home.  I was pretty proud of myself.

I am currently without medication due to no insurance and Luvox cost to much out of pocket.  I have decided to not look at programs, new, internet etc. like I did before because I don't want anything in my head...I need some rest.

I guess I would like to know if there are others who suffer this way.  Please don't tell me what you worry about because that is not good for me but what do you do to cope? Only serious responses please...don't be cruel.

Replied By: ellagirl9 on Dec 27, 2012, 6:07PM
What is even more horrinble is that the discussion only involved solutions of medication and some weird brian scans. Cognitive behavioral therapy would do wonders for both Jennifer and Michael but it is very painful, emotionally. They would have to actually feel anxiety and not cope via compulsions. A good therapist would also take away their crutches/enablers (parents and Jennifer's mysterious "friend"). As long as they are enabling the people they care about to live with their obcessions w/o any real-world problems, they will remain depressed with few goals in life except to compulse! Take it from someone who has been there...find a good cognitive behavioral therapist and break free of the confines of OCD! You're life can get better...cause it can't get any worse ;)
Replied By: angeldevilegg on Dec 27, 2012, 5:16PM
My heart really goes out to Michael and all of you who suffer or whose loved one suffers from OCD.  It was so nice to see that there are new ways to treat this disorder, and to see the joy on Michael’s face, when they offered him help, was priceless. 
On the other hand, Jennifer’s story seemed a bit fake to me, yes I am ignorant on this condition, but I am just reacting to her demeanor and responses on the show.  I think her true disorder is anorexia, but there is little sympathy towards this these days,  so she’s saying OCD. Maybe, because it’s more complex and possibly easy to fake, which allows her to profit on her friends big heart, for the $1000 per month he’s giving her.  I feel bad for him, he’s supporting a woman, another household. Why doesn’t he just marry her, put her on an (his) insurance plan, and then maybe she’ll get the help she deserves.  I am not saying that she is not suffering from a disorder, but her care is possibly lacking if it is on a government plan.  A private plan might help her out.  Meanwhile, he’d only have one household to support, rather than two. Just saying.
Replied By: mrsongman on Dec 27, 2012, 11:37AM
I research everything especially when it comes to anything related to health.

Personally I'm finding it hard to believe that this magnetic treatment being used by smart brain and health has only 2 testimonials on their website.

As a marketer I realize just how important "real" and authentic testimonials are to reputation and for bringing in new clients and customers.

Dr. Phil has a large research staff of course so I'm only hoping they did a full check on these guys with this amazing new therapy.

After searching more on this company there's not ONE other testimonial not even on yelp or similar sites that review local businesses.This I find odd especially when you consider the large metro area they are in.

Just can't imagine why not one other person who was helped by this method and company wouldn't have taken the time to write 1 review besides the 2 they have on their site.

My research for hypnosis and hypnotist in areas almost always will pull back long list of testimonials from customers on many different sites that review local businesses.

I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade who's needing help because I'm in that same boat and have no insurance and have a sister living with me who's schizophrenic 

My boats been sinking for a long time and I'm finding it harder to keep it a float but I have my doubts about this.

People who get amazing results and help most always will want to tell the world about it and give testimonials.

Obviously this would be very expensive without insurance so you can imagine why I personally want and need to see a long line of real customers testimonials before I part with my money even though I desperately need to get my life together.

Replied By: ctmcdonald0303 on Dec 27, 2012, 10:10AM - In reply to totheroot
I read your message about the approaches that you have used to treat your OCD. Please read my daughter Elizabeth's story that I posted on this message board. I would like to hear more about your story. I would also like to hear more about how you accessed the resources you did. Did you see a traditional allergist or a homeopathic doc? Have you read books about natural ways to treat OCD? If so, what are the book titles? If you read our story you will see that we HAVE tried multiple approaches including medication, but nothing seems to work. We are willing to try anything. We are so desparate!
Replied By: ctmcdonald0303 on Dec 27, 2012, 12:35AM
I am sitting on my couch the day after Christmas crying and feeling as though I might vomit. I am literally typing this letter as I listen about the advancements in treatment of OCD and other neurobiological conditions during your show entitled Inside the World of OCD.Michael and Bob’s stories resonated with me. My beautiful 5-year-old daughter is tortured much like Michael and sadly, she has been suffering for years.

When our daughter Elizabeth was about 2-years-old we noticed many differences when compared to other children her age. She wasn’t speaking, she avoided eye contact, she always looked unhappy, she was uncoordinated, and she was very “sensitive”. We referred our Elizabeth to Early Intervention and she began receiving occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy due to delays. From 2 to 3-years-old we saw progress in many areas, but differences in her social skills, mood, and behavior became more and more apparent. We were able to get Elizabeth into a special preschool program to work on her needs but our concerns continued.

During Elizabeth 3rd year of life her tantrums became more intense. She would scream, kick, trash around on the floor and we worried about her safety. The tantrums could last up to 2 hours. We could never identify triggers and all of our attempts to decrease the frequency and intensity of the tantrums were futile. As Elizabeth was able to talk more she would scream that her clothes hurt her including socks, most underwear, all pants, long sleeved shirts, etc. She would strip down naked and refuse to allow us to put clothes on her. She also began to get increasingly nervous whenever she knew that she would have to ride in vehicle. She would throw such intense tantrums before or once in the car that she would vomit. Elizabeth was also a selective eater, but would over eat foods that she preferred. She was very particular about the order of her room and would frequently check the placement of books and toys; toys she only collected but rarely played with. She also collected odd things like scraps of paper, sticky note pads, chap sticks and other items. She would wake in the middle of the night screaming and then stay up for hours. It was a very difficult time for our family especially with two other young children: our son Owen is only 13 months older than Elizabeth and our youngest child Adelyn, is 2 and a-half years younger than Elizabeth.

We were fortunate enough to get in  to see a developmental pediatrician. Elizabeth was initially diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, which made sense at the time, but did not seem to explain the severity of Elizabeth’s symptoms. Around the time when we started seeing the developmental pediatrician, Elizabeth began to pull out her hair around her ear. She pulled out such a large area of hair that she was bald! She continued to have tantrums, refused to wear certain clothes agreeing only to wear the same brands and styles of clothing in the exact same colors (and never weather appropriate), she began hoarding fruit peels, and she became extremely fearful of the bathtub, dogs, and loud noises.

We were at our wits end. We love Elizabeth so much and wanted to figure out how to help our little girl who could be so sweet, helpful, and kind. But on the other hand, we felt so much guilt for being so angry that she was completely disrupting our other two children’s lives. There were so many times that we couldn’t go places as a family because Elizabeth was having an extreme tantrum or seemed too depressed. We couldn’t even appreciate the simple things like watching a movie or have a meal in peace as a family because one of had to make sure Elizabeth was supervised during her episodes. We decided we needed to make extreme changes to help our whole family. We began reading every book that we could get our hands on about mental health issues in children and developmental disabilities. We also consulted with a pediatric psychiatrist who did an evaluation on Elizabeth and diagnosed her with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD, and he recommended that she continue to be monitored for a possible diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disability-NOS. He recommended medication for Elizabeth, but we felt that at the time she was still too young and we wanted to exhaust all other options.

At home, we decided to trial behavioral interventions with Elizabeth. We wrote social stories, we made visual schedules, we provided reinforcement, token economies, contingencies, timers, time outs, take aways etc. with no success in modifying or changing the behaviors. Again, we couldn’t identify specific triggers other than clothes and car rides, but we still did not understand what was going on with Elizabeth. The psychiatrist recommended using a cognitive behavioral approach to treat some of the OCD type behaviors, but having researched the topic I knew that it would be virtually useless with a 4-years-old. Of course we tried it anyway.

In January 2011 we decided to trial medication with Elizabeth. We began using Celexa for the anxiety/mood issues and Clonidine for sleeping and mood. We saw improvements with Elizabeth’s sleep immediately. Also, she stopped pulling out her hair and was less compulsive with hoarding junk. Her mood improved as well. She would actually smile, look up at people, and would become giddy over little things like girls do. But, even with all of Elizabeth’s growth she was still peculiar, had odd habits, and lacked social and play skills and in August of 2011 she was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

The diagnoses didn’t sit well with me, it still didn’t explain Elizabeth’s depressed mood, extreme irritability, or the random times when she was filled with energy and totally elated. However, the diagnosis did push us to continue trying alternative approaches/treatments with Elizabeth. Elizabeth constantly complained of stomach issues and constipation. We decided to try elimination diets to identify potential allergens. Elizabeth responded better (GI issues resolved) when on a gluten free diet, which she has been on for over a year. We also did extensive research on vitamin deficiencies and effects on mood/behavior. We have used supplements like vitamin D, B 12, CoQ10, Omega 3, 6, 9 to enhance her energy level and mood. We even did bi-weekly detoxification foot baths to try to remove heavy metals from her system.

Additionally, Elizabeth participated in play therapy with a clinical psychologist and we have a behavioral specialist helping Elizabeth develop better calming/coping strategies and to help us build the best possible environment in our home for Elizabeth and our other two children. Last month, in November, we decided to begin seeing a different pediatric psychiatrist. He has helped us to understand Elizabeth better. He believes that Elizabeth has OCD, which we have always agreed with, as well as a mood disorder, which also makes sense. I have an anxiety disorder, which I am treated for. In addition, Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother and maternal aunt, have bipolar disorder. A light bulb was turned on for us with this diagnosis igniting a little hope. We agreed to trial Abilify along with Celexa and Clonidine and Elizabeth began the new medication about a week ago. As always, the light along with our hope is quickly dimming…

Elizabeth is tortured! She is unhappy. She is miserable. Elizabeth only wears underwear and lies on the couch watching television all day long. She won’t leave the house, which scares me because my sister, her aunt, is agoraphobic! Elizabeth screams horrible things at us. Elizabeth screams horrible things at her brother and sister, who should not have to witness this extreme behavior. Before Christmas break, my husband and I had to carry Elizabeth naked and screaming to the car every morning before school. She screams ALL the way to school. This is how I start my day everyday! This is how my son starts his school day everyday! This is how my beautiful tortured baby, starts her day every day. The medication is not working. She is getting older and we are getting more and more hopeless and fearful.

The Celexa has had side effects. Elizabeth has gained a ton of weight. She is 5-years-old and weighs 75 lbs, which is 25 more lbs than her brother who is 6. She has no energy (except when she is manic). Now that she is on the Abilify she is experiencing more side effects. She is complaining that her legs hurt. She gets the hiccups after she takes her medication. She vomits. She seems so tired and listless all of the time. She is sleeping more and has less energy. I don’t know if I can stand the side effects even if Elizabeth is less volatile and our house is more peaceful. Her health and happiness is not expendable! I know that there are other medications we could try, but I am scared for her. I am scared of side effects, I am scared of the withdrawal if we have to tapper the medication, I am scared of possible damage to her kidneys and liver, but I am mostly scared of what Elizabeth’s future might hold. Elizabeth’s grandmother and aunt have never found medication or any other successful treatment and consequently they are not functional adults. My daughter deserves to go to college, live on her own, get married, have children, and most of all to be happy.

I ask Elizabeth why she behaves like this. I ask her what she feels like inside. I ask her what she was thinking about. I ask her how I can help make it better… She tells me she can’t control herself and she doesn’t understand why. She tells me that her brain doesn’t work right. She apologizes profusely and is so self-deprecating after her angry outbursts. She tells me that she doesn’t want to act like this and she hates herself! She is 5-years-old. I feel like Elizabeth life is falling apart, but it hasn’t even started. She needs help! My entire family needs help! Please help! We appreciate any ideas or insight!

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