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Shattered in an Instant

In the blink of an eye, your life can change forever. Dr. Phil’s guests say they can’t get over the recent Mojave Desert truck accident, when eight people were killed and more than 40 were injured. Dr. Phil explains how to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teen Coping with Trauma

Dr. Laura Trask


Amy Pulitzer and Dr. Vallerie Coleman
Dr. Laura Trask is a certified equine therapist. She uses equine assisted psychotherapy, " horses that help patients cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. She and her team meet with Jakob to help him find a way to connect with his emotions.
"We were watching the race, and we were having a good time. One truck finally came by, and it was trying to do a pass, and it jumped into the crowd. I saw it coming, and I started screaming. I just got smacked, and I heard all the screaming and noises of dirt in my ears. I finally got up, and I turned around, and there were bodies all over the place. The first thing that came to my mind was my father. I ran in one direction, and I finally found him," Jakob says, his voice breaking. He pauses to wipe away tears. "He was underneath the truck, and his eyes were closed, and I thought he was dead."
"I'm proud of you, Jacob," says Dr. Trask. "It takes a lot to go through something like that."
Watch Jakob's breakthrough with equine therapy.
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