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(Original Air Date: 01/05/09) Making New Year’s resolutions is easy; the hard part is keeping them. Dr. Phil says there's no better time than now to make a change in your life and start creating what you want, instead of settling for what you don’t. Learn his five powerful secrets to making your resolutions a reality. Dr. Phil shares the stories of three couples with three very different problems they are resolving to fix in the New Year. Allyson and James say they resolve to improve their financial picture, get out of debt and stop living hand-to-mouth. And, Missy says she is making one of the most popular resolutions: to lose weight. Will she meet her goal in time for her wedding to Justin? Then, Jill and Matt are busy parents who say their sex life has gone from fireworks to fizzled out. Their resolution is to reignite the flames and reconnect. Plus, Jim Cramer, author and host of CNBC’s Mad Money offers a solid strategy for achieving financial resolutions. This is practical advice you won’t want to miss, whether your income is meager or millions. Don’t just make resolutions this year -- tune in and learn how to keep them!

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(Original Air Date: 10/05/12) Three percent of all children born in the United States each year are the product of extra-marital affairs. What happens when these children -- a result of lies and deception -- grow up and learn the circumstances surrounding their birth? Germaine says she is five months pregnant and engaged to Trevor, the father of her unborn child. But, Trevor already has a wife. Germaine says Trevor constantly lies to her and his wife, and she wants to know if he is ready to end the deceit and commit to her. Hear what Dr. Phil thinks about the future of their relationship. Then, Krista says she was 11 years old when she learned she was the product of an affair, and her world came crashing down. She says the pain, anger and guilt she feels affects every area of her life, including driving a wedge between her and her husband of 11 years. Will an emotional exercise with Germaine help Krista find a new perspective on life? And, will Germaine and Trevor begin to understand how their behavior may have lifelong consequences for their unborn child?

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(Original Air Date: 10/01/12) In this real-life War of the Roses, Dr. Phil speaks to Laura and Ross, a once-happily married couple, who say that although they’ve been divorced for years, they both refuse to leave their home, which at times has resembled a war zone. Ross says his 10-year marriage to Laura started to crumble when she began pursuing younger men. He says Laura became a sex-obsessed party girl who chose the “cougar” lifestyle over her marriage, and he says she should leave. Laura says she likes to hang out with younger men, but denies being a sex-obsessed party girl. She says her marriage simply fell apart and argues that the house is as much hers as it is Ross’ and he should be the one to leave. Both admit that living under one roof has taken its toll, and that their arguments have gotten physical. Laura says she believes Ross is trying to kill her and that she had to be hospitalized after she claims he drugged her. Ross says Laura gets so heated she once stabbed him with a pen during an argument. Dr. Phil speaks to their 17-year-old daughter, Kayla. Hear how she says her toxic home life has affected her. Plus, learn what you must know if you’re going through a divorce with children.

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(Original Air Date: 11/30/12) Dr. Phil’s guests say they fell victim to a catfish -- a person who creates a false ID on the Internet in the hopes of luring people into romantic relationships. Devon says she fell in love with a man named David, whom she met online, and then spent nearly three years planning their future together -- without ever meeting him in person. She says they talked and texted every day for hours and exchanged photos, but every time they attempted to meet, David always had an excuse to reschedule. Although Devon was in love, she says David was controlling and manipulative, and she started cutting herself to cope. Then, a phone call changed everything -- Devon says she was shocked to learn that David wasn’t who he said he was. And, Lauren, Bobbi and Kelly say they also fell for the same man and spent months establishing an online relationship -- one that never culminated in a face-to-face meeting. The women say an estimated 26 women have fallen victim to this alleged catfish’s schemes. What were the signs that they missed? And what would drive a person to carry out such a deception? Learn the online dating red flags to look out for.

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(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.

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(Original Air Date: 12/10/12) Do you know a mama’s boy who can’t cut the cord with his overbearing mom? In the new movie, The Guilt Trip, out now, comedian Seth Rogen plays Andy, a man guilted into driving cross-country with his domineering mom, Joyce, played by legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand. Andy, who is at first aggravated by Joyce’s smothering, comes to discover that they have more in common than he thought. Dr. Phil sits down with Barbra and Seth to discuss the film and their impressive careers. What similarities do the stars say their roles had with their real-life relationships? And, why were they drawn to this film? Plus, watch newly-added interview footage! Then, Joe says his stepson, Rendall, is a 25-year-old mama’s boy who is currently funding his college education with a $50,000 loan, which Joe’s wife, Barb, co-signed on. Rendall insists that he’s not taking advantage of his mom. Currently unemployed, does he have plans to pay back the loan, or will he let his mom foot the bill? Can Dr. Phil help Rendall get traction to succeed on his own?

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(Original Air Date: 09/13/12) At 22, Jael was an aspiring star and finalist on the hit show America’s Next Top Model. A statuesque beauty, her future seemed prime with possibility -- until the darkness of substance abuse and addiction stole her from the spotlight. Now 28, the former model's family says her drug habit has taken a toll both mentally and physically, including rotting her teeth and leaving her body covered in sores, and they fear for her life. With Jael living on the streets, Dr. Phil sends mother-son intervention team Brandon and Debbie to Jael’s hometown to find her and stage an intervention -- but their trip does not go as planned. Find out what they discover. Desperate to get Jael the help she needs, Brandon finally locates her, and what follows is the most out-of-control drug rage in Dr. Phil history. Reluctantly, Jael agrees to travel to Los Angeles to see Dr. Phil, but just seconds before appearing onstage, she takes off running. Don’t miss the unlikely place Dr. Phil goes to help her. Can he convince her to stop running and commit to getting well? Plus, Dr. Phil has some tough truths for Jael’s parents. Could they be enabling their daughter’s behavior?

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(Original Air Date: 10/23/12) Renae says her 14-year-old daughter, Amanda, was a model child and a parent's dream, but in the last couple of years has become a rebellious and violent teen. Renae says Amanda's anger is oftentimes directed at her. She says the teen has punched her -- as many as 50 times in the last year -- has knocked her teeth out, called her names and has kicked, bitten and spit on her. Amanda admits that she doesn't respect her mother -- or any authority -- and that she has a violent temper, but says, "Fights find me.” Can Dr. Phil help show Amanda more effective ways to channel her aggression -- and her family better ways to cope with her? Then, Courtney, a police officer who works with juveniles, says that despite her training, she can’t control her defiant, eye-rolling 16-year-old daughter, Sabby’s, bad attitude. She says when Sabby doesn't get her way, she works herself up into a rage and has pushed her grandmother, threatened to kill her younger sister, and was sent to and kicked out of boot camp just recently. Then, meet Sabby, who maintains her defiance with Dr. Phil. Can he get through to this tough teen? If you are having a difficult time raising your teen, tune in!

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The recent shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have left the families of the victims devastated and the nation in shock. How can the country move forward after such heartache, and how can families who are struggling with loss get past the pain? Dr. Phil helps his guests conquer their feelings of guilt and grief to help ensure they don’t journey down an endless road of despair. Eight years ago, Julie’s mother-in-law accidentally backed her SUV over Julie’s 4-year-old son and killed him. Julie’s older daughter, Madison, who was 14 at the time, witnessed the accident and says that ever since, she has been overcome with guilt for not saving her little brother. Two years ago, Madison left home and has had little contact with her mother. A recent phone call reunited them, and Madison says she’s ready to face her feelings. Can Dr. Phil help her work through her grief, guilt and loss? Then, Greg says one night in 2009, he came home to find his 17-month-old son dead. Greg’s wife at the time, Lori, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. “The facts have taken place, but I don’t understand the rationale or what happened behind it,” the grieving dad says. Can Dr. Phil help Greg make peace with what happened?

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In the aftermath of the recent elementary school shooting in Connecticut that authorities say left at least 20 children, six adults and the gunman dead, many questions remain: Could this tragedy have been prevented, and how can we keep it from happening again? And, how can the families of the victims and the young children who witnessed the shooting cope with such a trauma? Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines in the shooting and offers advice to families who might be struggling to talk to their children about such a senseless act of violence.

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