Dr Phil: Enabling Adult Tantrums
Laurie admitted that her mother is afraid that Stephen will kill his parents. Though no one seems to believe he would do it intentionally, even Dr Phil thinks that is a possibility. Laurie’s mom wants Stephen in jail.
Stephen sat on Dr Phil’s stage and cried upon hearing that. Dr Phil pressed him about why he is so angry. He said he feels controlled and treated like a child. So why doesn’t he leave? He said he does not have the resources to move out on his own.
Dr Phil: Adult Accountability Vs Regression
True confession: I have never watched this show before. Do people always cop to things when faced with Dr Phil’s drawl? I feel like maybe this kid is putting on a show, but I am not a psychologist.
Dr Phil said that Stephen needs to grow up and take the first steps toward living on his own. Laurie admitted that Stephen has confessed he wants to change his life, but he always ends up regressing.
Dr Phil: Murderous Rage?
Why is this family so stuck in the problems they are challenged with? Linda, Stephen’s grandmother, spoke with Dr Phil via Polycom to repeat her fears for her family members, because she thinks Stephen might kill them in a rage.
“I think he will snap,” Linda said, adding that Stephen seems to have problems. See what she had to say.
Dr Phil: Stephen’s Anger Management Intervention
Dr Phil focused on dealing with Stephen one on one. He addressed the behavior as unacceptable. But he said the problem goes beyond Stephen and affects the entire family. Stephen is the so-called “target patient,” but he has an impact on the family unit.
His hope was that Stephen’s parents would allow him to begin to experience the consequences of his own actions and choices. He also offered Stephen a full mental health evaluation to get an assessment of what his life is truly like, so they have something to start from.
Dr Phil: Neurological Storm Blackouts
Dr Phil also believed that Stephen’s brain gets out of control, experiencing neurological storms. He wanted to teach Stephen how to see them coming and shut them down. That sounds like a tall order, but we will see. Finally, Dr Phil wanted to get Stephen to set goals with a life coach. It would remain to be seen whether Stephen could still live under his parents’ roof.
Dr Phil wanted to send Stephen to the P&P Center in Dallas, which Dr Phil said is “top notch.” He has worked with the leader of P&P for 40 years, and Stephen was grateful for the opportunity to get help.