Last week Sharon Howell made blog post about Dr. Phil dismissing ADD. There was recently a woman on the Dr. Phil show who told him she had ADD/ADHD and he told her that she didn’t. This really doesn’t surprise me at all. Dr. Phil has been doing this to people on his show for years. This has been a very popular topic of discussion in the online ADD/ADHD communities over the past few years too.
So, what do I think of Dr. Phil?
First of all I have never met him in person but, from what I’ve seen of him on his shows and in the media I think he’s pompous jerk! He’s right up there with Jerry Springer and the rest of the has-been talk show hosts! Actually I think he’s worse than the rest of the talk show host because he uses the term Dr. Yes, he was once a licensed psychologist but as far as I know he hasn’t been licensed in any states for quite some time.
He obviously doesn’t seem to get how much damage he does to people on his shows! Sure he wants us to think he’s in it to help people but he’s just doing this stuff for money and ratings now. Just look at what he did to Britney Spears and her family. He told them he wanted to talk to her to help her and her family, then he upset them by speaking to the media! He wants ratings and to be the center of attention.
I’m actually surprised people still watch his show. I know I got bored with him quite a while ago. I say we set him straight and have him come and sit through the next ADDA Conference (the entire conference). After a few hours with us he won’t be doubting the existence of adult ADHD! I’d also love to see the look on his face and ask him "How’s that workin for ya?".