Dr Phil: Lisa Bulimic & Pregnant
Lisa has a problem list a mile long. She has a drinking problem, chain smokes and spends 80 percent of her day binging. She knows that binging and purging can give you a heart attack or stroke and wants to stop. When she was pregnant with her first baby, Lisa’s bulimia was a raging problem. Her son Tobias was born and he didn’t breathe for a few minutes. She thought he was going to die and he miraculously pulled through. She said she feels guilty that she can’t stop.
Her husband David said that he has tried everything to get Lisa healthy. They decided to get pregnant again, even though she is an active bulimic. They thought the pregnancy would stop her. She had periods while staying with her parents in Mexico where she stopped binging and purging. They thought the baby would fix things.
Dr Phil: Pregnancy & Bulimia
Dr Phil wanted the couple to acknowledge how dumb their decision was. A pregnancy is not going to stop Lisa’s destructive behavior. She even admitted to smoking backstage before the taping. Dr Phil said she is putting her own interests in front of her family.
David said he is out of options. He’s called the cops, taken his wife to rehab, sent her to the hospital and nothing works. Dr Phil told him that getting pregnant should never have been on the options list. He said that Lisa needs to seek treatment and deal with her underlying causes to fix herself.
Dr Phil: Lisa’s Drinking Problem
In addition to smoking and purging, Lisa has a raging drinking problem. She started it to relax, but it’s escalated into drinking to relax and cutting to feel better.
She once attacked David when she was drunk. He called the police and they came with an ambulance. She got in and then began scratching her skin off because she couldn’t cut. Dr Phil said this irrational behavior needs to be dealt with. David said the doctors would send her home after every episode because they saw nothing wrong. I’m positive that Dr Phil won’t send Lisa home without treatment.