The Doctors: Man Butt-Dials 9-1-1
The Doctors have shared some hilarious 911 calls made for unnecessary medical services in their segment “You Called 9-1-1 for That?” They then came across a story of a very unlucky man who pocket-dialed 9-1-1, in a very unfortunate event.
A man made a late night call to an emergency dispatcher that started out pretty normal. But when no one answered, the operator stayed on the line and proceeded to hear a man and woman talking about getting high.
The 9-1-1 tape clearly revealed a man saying talking about the effect of a drug on his body. The call was an accident, but the dispatcher traced the call to a Mexican restaurant. An officer pulled up just as the people were leaving, and stopped them down the street.
The officer noticed that the male passenger was shuffling around and stuffing things under the passenger seat. It turned out to be a small bag of marijuana. The chances of dialing 911 with your butt are incredibly slim, and Dr. Sears said what probably happened was that the man’s phone was locked and he accidentally hit the “make an emergency call” button.
Dr. Travis Stork made a point to reiterate that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.
The Drs TV: What is Agoraphobia?
Dr. Stork began the next segment by saying that for their next guest Theresa, there’s no place other than home. Theresa suffers from a panic disorder with agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is defined as an abnormal fear of being helpless and the avoidance of public places.
She explained that it all started after a horrific accident. She said she was at a family gathering when all of the sudden her cousin slapped her out of nowhere. After the incident, she got a block or two away from the restaurant when a car plowed into her car, and it turned out to be the cousin that slapped her. She said she fled the accident and her cousin chased her. She thought her cousin was trying to kill her and she didn’t know why. She said the only reason her cousin stopped chasing her was because he had a flat tire.
She said it took a year until she started to feel symptoms of panic. Theresa explained that the symptoms started with increased heart rate in a car, and then got so bad that she couldn’t go to work anymore. She said she couldn’t even go to the store and the furthest from her house she’s gone is down the block.
She said she hasn’t been able to go a lot of things she wanted to do with her son, but when she thinks about leaving her house, the panic takes over.
The Doctors: Woman Panics When Leaving Home
Dr. Rachael Ross showed up at Theresa’s home to talk to her. Theresa explained that she had been struggling with agoraphobia for 10 years. Dr. Ross asked her if she was willing to go for a walk, and Theresa said that was the least she could do for Dr. Ross.
Theresa shared with Dr. Ross that she feels if she were to go too far away from home, it would take too long for her to get help if she needed it. As they continued to walk, Theresa started feeling very anxious and even struggled to breathe. She started to tear up and her heart was beating very fast.
The Doctors set Theresa up with licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Victoria Boccanfuso. Theresa shared with Dr. Boccanfuso that she heard there was no cure for agoraphobia and she’s worried she’s just going to have to live with it. Dr. Boccanfuso shared that there is a cure for it, but it’s not easy to get to. She said that Theresa will be able to get control of her life back, but it will take a lot of work.
The Drs TV: Woman Suffering From Agoraphobia
Dr. Boccanfuso explained that agoraphobia was something Theresa’s brain had created as a survival mechanism, but what it has done to protect her is to create anxiety about being outside the home.
Theresa explained that the medicine she was taking helped in the beginning, but no longer does. Dr. Boccanfuso said Theresa’s body may have gotten used to the medication and just stopped responding to it. She said the ideal would be Theresa not needing the medication. Dr. Boccanfuso said the only thing holding Theresa back from getting better is herself.
The Doctors: How To Treat Agoraphobia
Dr. Boccanfuso joined The Doctors on the show and Theresa joined the show via Polycom. She explained that the reason she wrote in asking for help was 100% because of her son. Theresa said she feels hopeful, and Dr. Boccanfuso shared that there are three elements to treating agoraphobia.
The first one is motivation, and the second is insight which means recognizing what you’re dealing with and knowing your goal in obtaining that condition. The third is a great support network, knowing you have people that will be there for you.
Dr. Boccanfuso shared that she will visit Theresa in her home once a week for six months, free of charge.