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Topic : 03/21 Is This Normal?

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Created on : Friday, October 12, 2007, 02:57:45 pm
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(Original Air Date 12/14/07) Dr. Phil’s guests call their loved ones on the carpet about their unusual behavior. Linda says her dog, Sasha, is more human than canine. She loves to dress Sasha in pearls when company comes and feed the pampered pooch off her fork. Linda’s future daughter-in-law, Jill, says Linda is going overboard with her doggie doting -- especially since Linda wants Sasha to host Jill’s bridal shower! Then, Mary says it’s time for her husband, Eric, to let go of his dream of being a rock star. He’s 50 years old, and she says it’s time for him to get a real job. Eric says she supported his passion for 27 years -- so why is it suddenly abnormal? Next, Amber says she’s concerned about her fiancé, Colin’s, unpredictable mood swings, because one minute he’s the nicest guy in the world, but the next minute he’s flying off the handle. Should she call off the wedding until he gets his temper under control? Plus, a picky eater says she wants to stop being a “food weirdo” and start enjoying meals like a normal person. And, a woman at odds with her husband over the dangerous hobby that left her with a fractured back. Should she pursue her passion even though it terrifies her spouse? Tell us what you think!

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March 21, 2008, 4:18 pm CDT

Colin's Temper

Quote From: yankeeso

Amber better take heed of Colin's temper.  He needs professional help and she needs to back out of the relationship until he can show her he has changed.  This is from someone who knows.  I didn't back out and married the person with the temper and now almost 30 years later I look back on a my life as wasted.
I agree with you!
March 21, 2008, 4:32 pm CDT

Not enough "bleepin' bleepin'"

As I sat listening to the show; I almost fell over when I heard the young lady quoting her fiance's ramblings using Jesus Christ's name as a cuss word!!! I am furous that this was allowed to happen. You bleep out the "f" word , but it's okay to use the Lord's name in vain...and on Good Friday to boot! I understand this is a repeat; but I just saw it and am new to this board. Am I the only one outraged and offended by this? Such a sad world we live in.
March 21, 2008, 8:13 pm CDT


Why would that silly woman want her dog to be human. The best thing about animals is that they're NOT human!
March 21, 2008, 8:18 pm CDT

I'm A Picky Eater Too

Quote From: jaklyn1055

 I'm interested in the girl who is a picky eater and wants to eat normal. Dr Phil has had anorexic females on but never an anorexic male. My son is anorexic, not because of negative body image, but because he just can't eat and doesn't know why. He's been this way since he was about 5 and is now 17. He desparately wants to eat like a normal male. He has a very very limited list of foods that he will eat and is very skinny and hates it. I worked with my Dr when he was young and it seemed like none of the usual behavior techniques would work. My Dr finally told me to stop worrying about it because he ate cheese, cottage cheese, apples, brocolli and bread and he said that was a healthy diet and thought he would grow out of it. He hasn't. I took him to a therapist for a few months when he was 10 and the therapist said he had severe anxiety and stress that manifested in an eating disorder. He has been through a lot of trauma in his life. My husband was a farmer and because of the drought we lost our farm and home. Before that he farmed with his brother who was a rageaholic and my son witnessed some very ugly treatment to his dad from his uncle and other family members. The family disowned us. His dad was a suicide threat for two years, and as much as I tried to protect him, I know he picked up on my fear and anxiety. We've been fairly poor since then and have had trouble putting our lives back together after the loss, so it makes sense that his eating disorder is stress-related.

His biggest problem is eating meat. He's such a good kid and never complains but he's so embarassed by his "problem"  that he fears things like our church potlucks because someone always says something about how little he eats. Occasionally he does get very hungry like a normal 17-year -old and will eat a whole pizza (he does love pizza) but that's not very often. Over the years we've been able to add chicken (certain kinds) bacon and eggs but it's very rare that he's hungry enough to eat it. He's so embarassed to be like this and hates it. One time at a youth camp his girlfriend was able to get him to eat a hamburger (she's very understanding)  and that was a huge thing for him and he called me so excited. He hasn't been able to since and doesn't know why.

I really hope I get some answers from Dr Phil on this because no doctor has been able to help him. Uh oh he just came in and saw this message and says that he is very embarassed but gave me his okay to send this

I related to the girl on the show today. My mother was ill and didn't cook for us and didn't feed us when we were little kids. The four of us were taken from my parents when we were 3 - 8 years old. Any food around the house had flies on it. My sister used to climb on a chair and try to get food from the refigerator for us, we used to eat dry dog food, and I only remember my mother cooking one time and it was horrible. My mother and father made us sit there for hours and forced us to eat it. It was this hidious tasting rice. I'll never forget it. So, I became the picky eater in the family. I would never eat fish, I get sick if I smell it. But, I found out a few years ago that I'm allergic to fish. I had muscle testing done and now I know why it makes me sick. Maybe you can have your son tested for food allergies.


I get the part about her eating only the skin on the chicken and I can relate to your son. He may be a natural vegetarian.  I don't like meat much. It has to do with it being an animal. Like if I try to eat ham, I can only think about how this was a cute little big. I would eat the skin off the chicken too because it's like potato chips, mostly bread crumbs, oil and seasonings. I didn't eat pizza until I was in my 20s cause it looked funny. It all stems from what happened when we were little kids.


I eat fine now for the most part. I found food I like to eat, I took cooking classes and learned to cook with lots of fresh foods. One thing I found out is some people who are picky eaters have really good pallets. They like really good food, fresh, well put together. So, this might be the case with your son. When I go to a restaurant, the waitress will typically say I made the best selection. I can tell if meat has been cooked on a grill where fish has been cooked and cannot eat it. I eat quickly, like a normal person, not like the lady on the show, but I'm a lot older now, and like I say, I cook a lot myself and know what I like.


I wouldn't eat food at a party if I did not know what it was. I will ask what is it first. People may have had a bad experience with food poisoning, or like I say, if they have a good pallete, they get very picky. I understand about your son finally trying a hamburger. I finally tried pizza with some friends. As you get older, it gets much better. I'm guessing your son may just be a vegetarian by nature.

March 21, 2008, 8:31 pm CDT

Colin Isn't All Bad

Quote From: yankeeso

Amber better take heed of Colin's temper.  He needs professional help and she needs to back out of the relationship until he can show her he has changed.  This is from someone who knows.  I didn't back out and married the person with the temper and now almost 30 years later I look back on a my life as wasted.
I have a different take on Colin. He's taking on three children that aren't his children, and he's a fairly young guy. Notice that Amber got pregnant from him before they got engaged when she was already a single mom with three other children. That tells me she is desperate and got pregnant to get him to marry her. She's older looking, overweight, has three children from another man. This is very expensive to take on. Colin would be much better off not to marry into this type of emotionally and financially draining situation. He's gone from being single to a family of four practically overnight. We all know the sex stops once they get married, he will really be frustrated then. I think he should go through some counseling, but so should Amber. Colin isn't a bad guy. He plays with the kids and is doing the best he can. I think they should not marry. He should marry a woman who doesn't have any kids. It sounds like Amber yells back at him plenty, it's just a lot of work and responsibility that he might want to reconsider taking on, and this would lower his stress level tremendously.
March 22, 2008, 1:39 pm CDT

03/21 Is This Normal?

Quote From: cndrlla

Okay, I couldn't resist that little pun.......but seriously, folks....


Who knows? You could be right; there are many things in this world that can't be explained logically.


Personally, though, I'm thinking she's doing the food thing to get attention....and hey, it's workin' for her! Got her on the show, didn't it!

I tend to agree, it seems to be a way to get attention. This woman doesn't look as if she's suffering from malnutrition which she surely would if she ate only the things she allows others to see her eating. She looks quite healthy. Chicken skin and mayonaise would not put the color in her skin, the glint in her eye and the meat on her bones that we saw.
March 22, 2008, 9:33 pm CDT

Dr. Phil Dropped The Ball

 The fact that Colin screamed profanity and verbal abuse to those children...who, by the way, weren't even his...and Dr. Phil didn't call him a child abuser absolutely astounded me....If this was a show about child abusers, Colin would be near the top of the list...he never even mentioned it to either Colin, or the mother...And as for her, she needs therapy more than Colin for allowing Colin to scream obscenties to HER children....not his...How many episodes have we watched wher Dr. Phil got right into the faces of women just like her and on this one, he didn't say a word about my opinion...he either dropped the ball, or copped out...
March 23, 2008, 8:27 pm CDT

lady can't eat

I think the lady with the food problem is just looking for attention.  Who picks at their food like that come on give me a break does she realize their are people in this world that can't even have a stale piece of bread! get a grip girl,snap out of it and eat!
March 27, 2008, 2:27 pm CDT

03/21 Is This Normal?

Quote From: gprenn11

This Linda sounds like a nutbag!!!!
Most of the sentiment, including mine, after this show first aired, was simlilar to yours. After reading our posts, Linda tried to convince us that everything she did, and said, on the show, was meant as a joke. But,  I don't think Jill, whose bridal shower Linda wanted her dog to host, saw any humor in it. Nor did Dr Phil. His audience. Or, his viewers.
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