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Topic : 05/29 A Dr. Phil Family on Fire: House Intervention, Part 4

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Created on : Friday, May 25, 2007, 01:10:42 pm
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After all their hard work, the latest Dr. Phil Family receives some surprises from Dr. Phil! He informs Melissa that everything she needs to get her life back on track is headed her way: a complete health evaluation, personal trainer, nutritionist, and food service delivered to her door. In addition, she’ll receive help for her depression and be connected with a developmental disabilities specialist for her autistic son. But it all comes with a condition: Melissa and Randy need to heal their toxic relationship. Then, a talk with Myra and Gene leads to a tearful apology. And, will a one-on-one with Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, help Myra see that she deserves to be treated with dignity and respect? Will Myra set some standards in her broken marriage? Will there even be a marriage to speak of when they get home? Dr. Phil has some strong words for Gene. Next, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pits brother against brother as Edwin and Eugene audition for a Hollywood talent agent and a casting director. Don’t miss the surprising twist when they get a call from the judges. Then, it’s time to switch gears – literally! Since Myra and Melissa never learned to drive, Dr. Phil sets them up with a driving lesson so they can become more independent. And you won’t believe the prize in store for the women if they pass their driver’s test! Dr. Phil sits down with the entire family one last time. Will they use the tools he gave them to build healthier relationships? Talk about the show here.

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May 29, 2007, 11:10 am CDT

Melissa and her son Ryan

As a mom of a 10 year old boy diagnosed with autism 8 years ago I can feel for Melissa.  I don't know how old Ryan is but there are so many people that can help him.  It is so imperative that parents jump on top of services for autistic children.  I did everything I could for my son and it was an absolutely crazy schedule, but you do what you have to do.  She MUST step up for herself and her son.  Also, alot of children with autism have additional medical problems.  My son also has bad eyesight and had 2 surgeries to correct and then was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 7 and spent most of the past 2 years in the hospital.  Throw in another kid (he's 13 now) with ADHD and my house is great fun!  The point is, it's always going to be a struggle and fight for your child and the sooner you start the better.  Good luck Melissa, and if you need any advice as far as your son I can certainly give you my good and bad experiences. Thank you Dr. Phil for getting Melissa and Ryan some help.


May 29, 2007, 11:20 am CDT

poor, poor pitiful me

Melissa has a son that was born with autism. Her boyfriend isn't Prince Charming. She's "bored and has nothing to do all day but watch tv". She can't get a job.....  I saw how she acted in the Dr.Phil house yesterday. As Dr.Phil said, the only time she moved at all was to get something to eat. We all have problems. Many of us a lot worse than hers. Sitting and eating all day long every day is not going to turn your child into a healthy perfect child. It's not going to get you a decent boyfriend and it's sure as heck not going to get you a job or help you get a better education. If you want a decent boyfriend, dump your old one and go and find someone decent. If you want a job, go and look for one. If you're depressed go to a psychiatrist and get help for it. Don't sit there and complain and holler about how life is so God awful that all you can do is sit and eat. Get off your butt and do something about it. The Lord helps those who help themselves. Smarten up.

May 29, 2007, 11:28 am CDT

Does anyone read the posts...

Quote From: blackcatcoll

Why is Melissa blaming her child for her problems? Why isn't the child in school for intervention with his autism? I know 3 families with autistic children; and none of the mother's are fat. My granddaughter has a child about Ryan's age; and she is in school. My granddaughter started her own photography business after she and her husband divorced. She also has another child.

I think Melliss is unwilling to admit that she has made poor choices in her life. Number one is getting pregnant as a teenage; and two is staying in an unhealthy relationship. This has nothing to do with her child being autistic. She should leave Randy and move closer to her mother; so she could get help with her child.

This child needs love; not blame. How cold of a person is she to blame the child for her poor decision making and laziness!
I don't blame my son for his autism, I don't blame my son for my weight. He is blameless in everything and didn't ask to be brought into this world.  Also, autism manifests itself in different ways in different children. Those parents may not have severely affected children or may have a support system. I did not. Getting pregnant at 17 wasn't the best choice I could've made but the alternative would have been not having him at all. And my son was in school for his autism in a DTI classroom but I moved so I'm looking for a program here. I am not cold or lazy just tired and drained.
May 29, 2007, 11:42 am CDT

Melissa trust in God.


I know what Melissa is going tjrough because I too have an autistic child.  At first you think your life is over, but as I was watching the show yesterday I was thinking all she needs is some help and encouragement and she can change her weight and attitude.  Melissa just cause your child is autistic that means nothing.  You can still go out with him and if people stare well that's just too bad for them.  As to your eating instead of eating when you are watching tv, try giving your child his theraputic massages which will improve his condition.  Keep the faith your child can go to the limit and beyond if you help him. 

May 29, 2007, 12:04 pm CDT

who's paying for the twinkies?

I am just curious - if Melissa (because she has no life) just sits all day, who's paying for all the ho hos, doritos, ice cream, cookies, etc. that she is consuming?  I am trying to keep up with a teenage son's eating, and I know if I was buying him that junk, it would cost big bucks.  Could it be our tax dollars at work?
May 29, 2007, 12:40 pm CDT

Edwin please!!!

 Why is Edwin crying all the time?? It's unbearable. It's okay for people to cry ocassionally but jeez, MAN UP will you?
May 29, 2007, 12:45 pm CDT

The Boyfriend

If I'm not mistaken. Her boyfriend buys all that junk. At least that's what I thought I heard.



May 29, 2007, 12:50 pm CDT

Give Melissa a break

 I'm sure all the people who are criticizing Melissa have never had a weight problem or a child with challenges. Lay off. It is difficult enough to raise a 100% healthy child, never mind one with autism and with little support from a family in crisis.
May 29, 2007, 12:50 pm CDT

05/29 A Dr. Phil Family on Fire: House Intervention, Part 4

Quote From: vickicouch

I'm sure there are a lot of people out there, that were flabbergasted by Melissa's remark about her autistic son.  I would ask that anyone that's about to jump down Melissa's throat, to stop and consider how you would react if you child were kidnapped.  I know how she feels, I have an autistic 4 year old daughter.  I can tell you that she loves her son, she is just very isolated, overwhelmed and depressed.  It seems to me that she does NOT have a very good support system.  If she is anything like me, she questions herself every single day.  What did I do wrong when I was pregnant?  Maybe it was the hotdog from 7-11, or the medication I was taking before I knew I was pregnant?  What kind of life is my child going to have?  Why didn't this happen to someone else? 

Though I do not have a weight problem, I too feel paralyzed by the fear of what could happen next.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Melissa, don't give up on your Ryan!  My Cree is such a wonderful little girl that loves everyone.  She is my hero.  I really believe we will find a cure.  If you're having a hard time, and need someone to talk to, I registered my phone number, please call me.  Don't be so hard on yourself.  Trust me, no one truly understands until it happens to them.

Good luck and God Bless you!

I too have an austic son.But I never heard concern for him it was all her selfish needs
May 29, 2007, 1:14 pm CDT

SO much to talk about....

To me, there is so much I would question about the truthfulness of this family. For one, the father of the bunch couldn't fake a real cry if he tried, and the fact that Dr. Phil fell for the put on emotions of this man was really something. This guy wasn't being real, he was pretending to be emotional to get sympathy. It's amazing how he was wiping his eyes where there were no tears, wiping his nose where there was nothing to wipe, and using his breathing to take this put on over the top. PLEASE! Give me a break! He certainly wouldn't win any academy awards for his emotionless crap.

Melissa is a person blaming everyone else for her problems but herself. A disabled child is alot to handle, but to blame all of her life choices on this little boy is rediculous. He seems to be a great scapegoat for her. She needs to start being responsible for her own decisions, and make better decisions for herself and her son. She is pointing fingers at everyone who's not there to help her. Well, she is the only one to fix her life. The only thing she did on the show was eat, eat, and eat some more...where was her son? He wasn't with her causing her to eat. So what was the excuse then?

If the wife can't get over the cheating, then she needs to get out of the marriage instead of sticking around to punish her husband. I wouldn't have been around after the first affair b/c that's a "deal breaker" for me. But, since she chose to stay, she made her choice, then she needs to move on and forgive and forget, or get the hell out. It seems to me this family is a huge orgy of pity. They need to get over themselves and realize there's a world that happens everyday whether their drama is there or not!

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