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Dr Phil takes the low road of yellow journalism


Dr. Phil: Vets with PTSD Are “Damaged Goods”, “Monsters”




In truth, the show as a whole is not as bad as the tabloid intro and promos.  My gripe is that given the fact that most people just flip through the headlines/trailers and don't read the article/watch the whole show, research shows they *do* absorb the transient message.

Which is not helpful.

How about a headline that says, "9 million vets didn't go berserk today..."

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So what has that fat-a$$ faker ever do for his country?
 
John...that doesn't sell newspapers.
 
Dr Phil is the alternative to soap operas - a self indulgent freak show to provide his audience something to feel superior about while they sit in their living rooms, watch TV and contribute nothing.  I can't say this latest example surprises me.  I find myself thinking how clueless he is, and how he's not even aware enough to realize it, or maybe he doesn't care and is just going for the ratings.  The shame of it is that this will help contribute to the ever widening gulf between members of the military and the civilian world.  I find myself more frequently holding those whom I've chosen to defend in contempt.  That doesn't make me happy.
 
Dr. Phil is a douche bag. Can't stand that putz.
 
As opposed to psychiatrist veterans, who kill 13 and wound 32. (The Ft. Hood Shooting.)

I'm disappointed. I understand his need for ratings, but I didn't think he'd stoop this low. Shame on you, Dr. Phil.
 
Not being a vet m'self, just a sympathizer and Camp Follower (no, not THAT kind, just a seller of dubious delicacies and adulterated likker)  I think I am free to say what needs to happen to Dr. Phil without, by so doing, ascribing some motives and sentiments to actual vets which might get them into trouble.

Speaking purely as a private citizen, I say, Git A Rope.
 
Phil McGraw is a "doctor" only by virtue of his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. The only reason he hasn't been in trouble with the law for violating doctor-patient-confidentiality and revealing patients' medical records is that he's *not* a genuine medico, and therefore not bound by the law.

He is, however, a genuine con artist and a media whore...
 
Bill -

Actually, pshrinks of all kinds, including clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and so forth, have the same legal obligations to maintain patient confidentiality as do physicians.  It's a part of every state licensing code.  A really good frind of mine is a PhD in Clinical Psych.  Frank, however, as opposed to being a media personality, is Deputy Chief of the Pysch Clinic at Martin Army Hospital at Ft Benning, and heads up Benning's PTSD treatment program.  Frank's opinion is tht his patients are ordinary people with problems that need care.  Generally, more care than they've been getting up to the point where they come into his clinic.

I agree that he's a con artist, but calling him a media whore is insulting to professional prostitutes everywhere. 

Justthisguy - A rope would be too quick, and you can only do it once.  I suggest a public horsewhipping or twelve...
 
Oh for Pete's sake, we're worying about something said by oprah's butt boy, why? People who believe anything out of his mouth aren't going to listen to anything said against him or his mentor. Best to just ignore both unless directly challenged by some ignorant doof and then just cut them down like a diseased weed.
 
One (of several)  things that annoys me about Dr Phil's statement is that half the panhandlers I will meet will claim this (the alternative is AIDS), in order to elicit sympathy from the clueless, as will all sorts of wannabes who at best never left CONUS and at worst never served.
 
 Dr. Phil often deals with the odd and unusual, and given the behavior he has managed to find among the civilian population, it's no surprise that he would be interviewing service members that are not typical, and  not even typical of those with PTS. 

I do not voluntarily seek out this show, because spending 10 minutes wondering how one human being could be so effing stupid is really not my idea of a good use of my time. 




 
The only time I ever saw him on TV was once while in my doctor's waiting room. He had some girl on that had some problem dealing with the death of a boyfriend and she used drugs to cope. She admitted that she had to do some major drugs just to appear on the show, and Dr Putz mentioned it as well, then he went on to berate her without mercy for not redily agreeing to go into rehab right then. The poor girl was stoned out of her mind, and he's trying to get a rational decision from her. I decided right then that he was a total fool.
 
Something occurs to me:  if I had a list of Dr. Phil's sponsors, I'd start writing letters to them explaining how much I detest Dr. Phil, and why, and stating that I would cease buying their products as long as they continue to sponsor the show.  If we could get enough pissed-off veterans to do that
 
Actually, pshrinks of all kinds, including clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and so forth, have the same legal obligations to maintain patient confidentiality as do physicians. It's a part of every state licensing code.

"Licensed" is the key word, Blake. Texas yanked McGraw's license to practice back in 1979.
 
No Bill, Texas did not do that. All the same Dr Phil is no longer a clinical psychologist as of 2006. Those people on TV are not his patients. That gives him a lot of scope to say almost anything.

And he will say anything. Recall his weight loss products.

I am disturbed by the upplay of violence-PTSD by media and the downplay by the military. PTSD is a problem and there is a link with violence but pretending it's as simple as Monsters everywhere is silly. Mils do a dirty job, it shouldn't surprise anyone that problems leak out. The problems are not to be pooh poohed and violence does have to be stomped on but civilians do need to cut those mils some slack and respect while they sort things out. Vomit all over an evangelistic show for entertainment and money is not a good way for things to go.

Regardless of the truth of the matter I don't see the military winning the hearts and minds battle of this one. People are watching Dr Phil en masse, not vamortgages. Domestic violence and of course the violence of war are heavily associated with the military so to most 'Normals' it oversimplifies to military=violence. Which is the real issue looking past PTSD.

Actually looking it it further back I'm stuck by just how poor the military is at getting their own story across these days.


 
Argent, I stand corrected -- he got court supervision and monitoring by a psychologist for a year, and was reinstated.

Which eliminates the licensing issue, but now raises the question of why he *hasn't* been brought up on charges.

Oh, wait. TV Celebrity.

Never mind.