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    Responce to Dr. Phil "bipolar" show today
    ddnos posted:
    Well, hmmm, ummmm, yeah. lol

    First of all, I did NOT like when Dr. Phil looked at the girl diag with bipolar and said something like she didn't seem to "look" like she was really bipolar. He didn't say she wasn't - and he said he didn't know one way or the other, which was a totally fair assesment given that he was not there to diagnose her, nor do I know if he's trained to do as such; but to say to her from his observation she didn't appear to fit the diag of bipolar was just totally a bizzar thing for him to say, in my opinion! I mean, not the best doctor in the world could diagnose ANYONE by looking at him/her! LOL Sheeeeeeeeeesh! Doesn't take a brain surgean re that one! lol So I don't know what he was thinking when he saiid that!

    As far as some of the things that Dr. Phil said to the sister and mother and how they were behaving, I liked!

    One thing that sort of surprised me that he didn't address is that in the beginning of the show, I remember the girl saying that she stopped taking her meds, but when she was taking them, she was doing better. So why didn't Dr. Phil address the medication issue? Doesn't he know that if indeed she does have bipolar that she MUST take medication to help control it? So regardless if he knew if she had bipolar or not, he should have brought up the point that if she is, then she needs to be on her meds!!

    RE the next segment of DID - well, I've heard him talk about that one before and how in 30 years, he's never seen anyone who genuinely has DID (MPD)! He states that DID is extremely rare and how it's a controversial diagnosis among the mental health profession - which I know it is. BUt what I don't understand is how can it be such a difficult thing for trained therapists (especially) to doubt the existance of DID when they can believe other complicated mental illnesses and behaviors of such???? They try to explain it away by science when even in my feeble mind, it's SO easy to understand how the mind could learn to escape due to severe abuse of various kinds! I mean, the whole DID System is not always easy to understand or explain, but how it can happen and DOES happen makes PERFECT sense to me! In fact, I think it's one of the minds most brilliant ways of coping with the severe trauma of a child!

    Sigh - so that's my 2 cents worth on the show; what's yours?

    Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different --Unknown
    lotus responded:
    I didn't watch the show. Mainly because I do not like Dr. Phil and the way he presents different mental illness and problems. Debbie your description of this show confirms my beliefs.
    ddnos replied to lotus's response:
    Hi Lotus,

    Well, I still like Dr. Phil and believe that he does and has done a lot of good. That doesn't mean that I agree with everything that he says, but I'm not supposed to. lol His shows do not primarily address mental illnesses; in fact, the majority of the shows he does are not about mental illness in any way. I've heard/watched a lot of his shows over the years, though not daily, and I think (my opinion) that overall, he's pretty right on and consistant with his message. I don't think that we have to agree with everything someone says to like or not like them. I do think that he needs to stay away from the more specific mental illness type shows like today because I don't think it's the right platform for it to be effective. I don't think that he's totally ignorant about mental illness, but he's by no means a specialist in the area beyond general information.

    The above is just my opinion - I'm not trying to change yours. lol

    Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past could have been any different --Unknown
    jselleck replied to ddnos's response:
    Hi guys. Watched the first half of the show. Kept falling asleep during the second. Guess it was a sign maybe??? lol. Agree totally that Dr Phil was totally wrong in the way he presented bipolar in his show today. I even sent him a message telling him so. Don't piss off a person with Bipolar. In fact I have yet to see a "talk" show do a good job with a story on any mental illness let alone bp. And I've watched several over the years. Guess one of us is going to have to be on one of these shows to give a true representation of what it's like to live with this disease. Or any mental illness at all. Have a good night.

    monkeybee replied to jselleck's response:
    Agreed. Although I did go the website and there was a story of another man with Bipolar (I didn't see the episode) that seemed to be more efficient. They shared his personal experiences of hearing voices of people from Hollywood and becoming obsessed with this and his mania getting out of control. Dr. Phil's remarks (at least the ones written) seemed reasonable and the story of this gentleman and his family seemed to be presented more reasonably. They even sent him for a brain scan which was consistent with the diagnosis. I wish I could have seen that episode.
    skypper responded:
    I don't watch Dr Phil, actually I don't watch any TV since we don't have an antenna/satellite/cable, but I can just imagine. I have seen a few of his shows in the past and really liked him when he used to guest on Oprah but once he went off on his own show it seemed to me he went for the more sensational, in my opinion which is the kind of stuff I hate to watch because it's all bullpoopy.
    When nothing's going right, go left!
    lotus replied to skypper's response:
    I love your term bullpoopy.
    skypper replied to lotus's response:
    lol, well you now we've got to watch our language here on the boards
    When nothing's going right, go left!

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