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October 8th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

Alex's Story

AlexRobin and I started The Dr. Phil Foundation because we wanted to help disadvantaged children and others who are less fortunate, yet still want to pursue what has come to be known around the globe as “the American dream.” When we heard Alex’s story on our son Jay’s show, The Doctors, we were so moved by her struggles that we wanted to try and help this young woman achieve her goals despite her difficult circumstances.

Alex, 27, was a dancer when she was stricken with dystonia two years ago. Dystonia is a debilitating neurological movement disorder which causes her muscles to constantly involuntarily contract, keeping her from participating in many activities we take for granted and robbing her of so much quality of life. Recently, with the help of Montel Williams, Alex was evaluated at Massachusetts General Hospital. When she appeared on The Doctors, they revealed that she is a candidate for a very specialized brain surgery, deep-brain stimulation, that may very well be able to cure her condition! But — and isn’t there always that darn “but” — it is very expensive, and she will not be able to have the surgery without financial help. Robin and I are going to help out, and you may be moved to do the same.

I encourage you to check out her emotional story, and if you feel inspired to help this young woman be an active participant in her life, please share whatever you can. But for the grace of God go I.

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September 25th, 2009 by Bishop T.D. Jakes

How to Get out of an Emotional Rut

Below is an insightful post from my good friend, the Bishop T.D. Jakes. Bishop Jakes pastors a mega church in Dallas, Texas with a congregation in excess of 30,000. He carries his message around the globe, and in fact, a live audience of more than 1,000,000 people recently turned out to hear him speak in Kenya. He is a husband, father and all around good guy!

prayFrom relationships to the economy, there are many circumstances in life that can drive a person into what is called an emotional rut. An emotional rut can occur when we allow our emotional state to be driven by our circumstances causing us to get stuck in an unhealthy, fluctuating emotional state of mind. One moment we are happy, then sad, angry or overwhelmed. Granted, these are natural emotions that affect everyone. However, if left unchecked, we allow manageable emotions to be controlled by uncontrollable circumstances. 

I can remember one evening long ago when I was driving down the road and as I approached the turn, my car slid on loose gravel, went out of control and ended up on the side of the road. Still startled by this uncontrollable ride that I had just experienced, I attempted to get back on the main road. After accelerating a few times, I soon realized that my car was stuck in a rut. I tried everything I could to get out. I spun my tires forward and backward and soon realized that the rut I was stuck in was only getting deeper. I wanted to get out, but there I was — stuck. (more…)

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August 10th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

The Anniversary Men

Jay and Erica

Jay and Erica

Talk about time marching on. This week, my 29-year-old son, Jay, celebrates his third wedding anniversary, just as I celebrate my 33rd! Good grief, I must be getting old. First, because I have a 29-year-old, and second because I’ve been married 33 — count ‘em — 33 years! I started thinking back on my third anniversary and reflecting on where I was in my life compared to where Jay and the world is on his third. Times, they are a changing!

I was 28 on our third anniversary, Jay is 29 on his, so some similarity there. Robin and I were living in a fairly small North Texas community, where I was just starting my practice as a clinical psychologist. I was an absolute dyed-in-the-wool workaholic, literally working 18 to 20 hours a day. I had a clinical practice (Fees were about $35 or $40 an hour!) I’ve always kind of had a strategy of marketing my education in non-traditional ways, so in addition to a typical therapy practice, I also saw patients at the hospital for pain and chronic disease management and rehab, and I even did work in the corporate arena, doing management and leaderships training for businesses like banks and manufacturing plants. I worked relentlessly and stayed very, very busy. I was just totally on the run, determined to conquer my corner of the world! (more…)

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August 1st, 2009 by Dr. Phil

The Bridge Update


Hi everyone. G’day from Down Under!

I wrote a comment within my blog entry, but in case you didn’t see it, I want to be sure to thank everyone who tuned in to Friday’s show, “The Bridge Controversy — Tragic Choice,” and left their thoughts and comments on the Dr. Phil show Web site and on my blog.

I have some great news worth sharing. The folks from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline let us know that, with the rebroadcast of The Bridge, the Lifeline received a record number of calls, as they did the first time it aired. They also told us that links from DrPhil.com to the Lifeline Gallery resulted in at least six people sharing their stories of hope and recovery!  (more…)

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