Dr Phil: Hunter Pathological Liar
Hunter is a pathological liar. He has created fantasy lives and jobs to keep his mother and girlfriend happy. His mom fears that this lying stems from a mental illness. Dr Phil didn’t want to hear his lies and sob stories. He applied tough love to the situation and Hunter was caught off guard.
Hunter has been creating fictional fantasy worlds for years. His mother was enabling him by not holding him accountable. He clearly was affected by his father leaving them as a child and she let it go for 13 years.
Dr Phil: Lying Is a Behavior
Dr Charles Sophy told Hunter that there is hope for his condition. He said that lying is a behavior and behaviors can be stopped. Every behavior has an end. He hopes that with help and accountability, Hunter can stop his dysfunction.
Dr Phil agreed. With accountability and a support system, Hunter is much less likely to cave. Dr Phil said all Hunter has to do is tell the truth and the lying is over. He offered him a professional counselor to keep him accountable and he accepted the help. He wants Hunter to make a life plan and stick to it. A real life plan.
Dr Phil: Signs Of Mental Illness
Dr Phil wrapped this episode with the warning signs of mental illness. He encouraged anyone exhibiting these symptoms to seek professional counsel. Hunter and Tonya were both exhibiting these strange behaviors and he gave them counsel.
- Suspiciousness & paranoia
- Changes in personal hygiene
- Emotions that do not fit the situation
- Vague speech
- Speech sometimes doesn’t make sense
- Unusual ideas or beliefs
- Unusual experiences