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Twenty-six-year-old Stefanie says that ever since her mother, Cheryl’s, divorce 11 years ago, Cheryl has been absolutely obsessed with her and has turned Stefanie into her spouse in every sense, except intimately. Stefanie says her mom demands daily phone calls and texts, has no sense of boundaries and has used her as a confidant ever since she was a child. Stefanie says she believes her mom is guilty of “emotional incest”! The troubles in their relationship came to a head when Stefanie began dating Michael, who claims Cheryl is less of a mother and more of a “smother” and has been hell-bent on destroying their relationship, all under the guise of being a devoted mom. Cheryl says ever since Michael came into the picture, Stefanie’s view of their relationship has been poisoned and her disrespect has been amped-up. Can Dr. Phil help bring some peace to this fierce family feud? (OAD: 4-19-17)

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Michelle says on her first dinner date with Tom, whom she met on a dating website in 2009, she introduced him to her five kids, and within a year she was pregnant with Tom’s baby. Soon after that first date, they were married and six years and two kids later, Michelle and Tom are divorced with their young children stuck in the middle of a bitter custody dispute. Tom claims Michelle tried to hire someone to kill him and refuses to let him see or have any contact with his two sons whatsoever. Michelle denies trying to hire a hitman but admits she has kept their children from Tom because she claims he is a “dangerous narcissist” who believes he is “90 percent smarter than the rest of the human race” and has physically attacked her and their children – an accusation Tom denies. Dr. Phil introduces the couple to Dr. John Chirban, a member of the Dr. Phil advisory board who holds a doctorate with distinction from Harvard University and is the author of Collateral Damage: Guiding and Protecting Your Child Through the Minefield of Divorce, who offers his invaluable insight on this couple’s situation and talks about his key findings from his “Children and Divorce National Survey.” (OAD: 1-17-17)

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Bethany was recently released from a hospital after two months due to the effects of her IV heroin use. From being in a medically induced coma for 10 days and placed on life support, to needing emergency open heart surgery and a pacemaker, she nearly lost her life. But despite nearly dying, Bethany says she is still using heroin multiple times a day but lies to her family and tells them that she is sober. That’s not the only dark secret Bethany is keeping from her family. How will her family react to Bethany’s new revelations and watching video of her using drugs? Plus, find out what leaves Bethany’s father in tears and almost unable to even speak to his youngest child? (OAD: 5-12-17)

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Kendall claims she was sold by her parents at birth to a powerful international sex trafficker. She says when she wasn’t locked in a cage with other kidnapped children, she was flown all over the world on private planes, being sold to wealthy and powerful men. Kendall says as she grew older, she would often escort these rich and prominent clients to black tie affairs and high profile sporting events. From doctors and politicians to even law enforcement, Kendall says she was taught how to act and dress in order to never raise suspicion. For the first time since she says she left her life of sex trafficking three years ago, Kendall tells her story and explains why she is still petrified that the boss of this operation, whom she calls “the man who owns her,” will find her and bring her back. (OAD: 3-21-17)

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Dorothy says she moved her sister, Denise, and niece, Tanyadawn, away from the bad neighborhood where Tanyadawn grew up in order to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish. Denise claims Tanyadawn has always been picked on by other girls because she is so pretty. Now, fighting has landed her daughter with a serious felony charge. Trying to break away from her negative upbringing, 17-year-old Tanyadawn struggles to find her way while juggling a newborn baby, school, and criminal probation. Can Dr. Phil help the teen break the self-destructive patterns to which she has become accustomed? (OAD: 4-5-17)

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Josh says he has very specific and high demands for his future wife, Rebecca, whom he has been dating for over two years, and he says she is not ready to walk down the aisle yet. Josh says he’s a traditional man who brings home the bacon and expects Rebecca to keep a spotless home, take care of the children, and put supper on the table when he gets home from work. Rebecca says Josh is too controlling and feels nothing she ever does is good enough for him. Rebecca says she wants Dr. Phil to fix their relationship, but Josh says he wants to tell her something that he’s been holding in — and says he fears she’s not going to be happy about what he has to say. (OAD: 1-31-17)

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Twenty-six-year-old Blake is a college graduate who studied psychology and was on the dean’s list with a 3.5 GPA. But, he has admittedly thrown it to the wayside to sit around all day and smoke pot in the rent-free house his mom has put him up in. He has some aspirations – like stripping off his shirt to show off his self-professed buff body, because he claims he has some real potential as a model. But Blake’s mom, Sandra, and sister, Sarah, say there’s something deeply wrong with Blake because they claim he’s verbally abusive to them and disrespectful to other women. And, they claim he refuses to work for less than $100,000. What is really going on with Blake? And, can Dr. Phil break through his tough façade? (OAD: 2-15-17)

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Sixteen-year-old Morgan wrote to Dr. Phil saying she was desperate for help because she felt her mother Arlene was choosing her registered sex offender boyfriend, Mark, over her and even moved him into their house despite Morgan saying she felt uncomfortable. Morgan says she confided in her school guidance counselor about the troubles at home and the Department Of Children and Family Services quickly got involved, which resulted in Morgan moving in with her mom’s best friend, Anne, and Arlene signing over short-term guardianship – something Anne says is not enough. Arlene says Mark is absolutely not guilty of what he was convicted of and she’d never put her daughter in harm’s way. Mark says he had no intention of coming between this mother and daughter. (OAD: 4-10-17)

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When Janice and Wayne spoke with Dr. Phil, their 16-year-old daughter Darbi had been missing for 24 days, and Dr. Phil questioned whether the parents were more focused on their hatred toward each other than working together to find their child. Just hours after they left Dr. Phil’s stage, they got a phone call that Darbi was alive. Janice and Wayne rushed to the scene to meet their daughter. Why does Darbi say she left home? And, what does she reveal about what happened during her time on the run? (OAD: 5-4-17)

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When Camille wrote to Dr. Phil, her niece, Darbi, had been missing for over a month – and it wasn’t the first time Darbi had disappeared. In November 2015, Darbi ran away and became a victim of sex trafficking. Camille says she fears that nothing will happen to save Darbi’s life if Darbi’s parents, Janice and Wayne, don’t end their feuding and come together to help their daughter. Janice accuses Wayne of being a “Disneyland” father who took a back seat to parenting. Janice says she is convinced that Wayne’s absence is the reason Darbi started using drugs and running away. Wayne blames Janice for traumatizing their daughter because she is involved in a lesbian relationship. He claims Janice exposed Darbi to sex, drugs and porn, which Janice denies. Shannon, Janice’s wife, blames Wayne for Darbi’s overly sexual behavior. She claims he may have molested Darbi, causing her to seek out older men for drugs and sex, a claim he adamantly denies. (OAD: 5-3-17)

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