Dr. Phil & Britney Spears?

United States
January 12, 2008 3:35pm CST
So Dr. Phil is getting all this flack for showing up at Britney Spears' hospital room and then telling the media about it. What is the big deal? Dr. Phil may be an educated and trained doctor but he's also a celebrity. He has a talk show, which sometimes features some tacky subjects (did you see Marcia Brady/Maureen McCormick air her family business on his show? Tacky!) So what's the big deal? He showed up, saw a very sick individual and is saying the woman needs help. SOMEONE needs to do something to help this girl! Now I am no Dr. Phil fan by any means, but his tough love tactics are probably what she needs. Clearly her family and friends have failed her. No one is helping her to get the help she needs. So what do you think of DR. Phil sticking his nose in this? He says Britney's mom asked him to, but now Britney's mom is mad at how he handled it.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
13 Jan 08
I think that it is crazy that everyone is coming down on Dr Phil. He has said that he has been working with Brittany for about a year now~ but hasn't made it public. I think that Britneys mom is mad because Dr Phil has told that he has been treating her in the past. I can see why this would upset her because it would really be patient/dr privleges.
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• United States
13 Jan 08
Well if her mother indeed asked him to help then why the heck is she so upset over it? What did she expect him to say, that she was okay. Clearly this woman is not okay. She needs some serious help. It doesn't take Dr. Phil to point it out.
• United States
13 Jan 08
Everyone needs intervention if they are going trouh but not from Dr. Phil because also needs TV ratings.
@rockvixen (894)
• United States
12 Jan 08
Well in my pesonal opinion I think he should have done it in a different way. It's one thing to try to help but it's another, surprising them with a visit they didn't expect. I'm sure Britney was pretty shocked at that. It's true, she needs help, and I also think she needs some time away from the media. There has to be a place for her where she won't be followed, where she can get help in peace and then come back refreshed, and rejuvenated, and ready to make her life better again. She has a chance, I think she may have a better chance with talking to someone that is not famous, that can help her. Someone who won't tell the media about what she said. What that girl needs is to trust, she needs someone she can trust, who won't go out and blab to the media about what she has said. I think Dr. Phil was in that aspect, wrong to tell the world about that meeting. Again I say, if they want to help, the best way is to leave her alone. She dosen't need any more media causing her problems.
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@lightningd (1041)
• United States
12 Jan 08
Well, I think how he handled it was not exactly the best for her situation I think. I honnestly believe the last thing that child needs is more media attention. If Dr. Phill is willing to help her, which I am sure he can help her, maybe he needs to do it on a more private level. I think when she's ready, maybe she will share her story with the rest of the world, and if she never does, Oh, well, I have better things to watch on tv anyway. I know she is going through something I am sure most of us normal people will never understand. I don't think I would like having a camera in my face every time I went to the store. We're all guilty of poor judgement at one time or another. I am NOT DEFENDING HER, but I will say that I'm not sure I would like my every mistake aired on tv for the world to see. Has she made bad chioces, yes indeed. Does she need help? Yes indeed. I suppose Britney's mom probably did ask him to help her, thinking maybe she would listen to him. But, given her track record with her mom, I'm not sure she's going to accept anything that her mom suggests. I'm nost sure how many truly close friends she has, but maybe, just maybe she has one or two that would hold her hand, and be supportive of her while she gets some help. Maybe Dr. Phill needs to set a time with Brit to show up without camera crews, without the media, and go back to being just a psychiatrist/psychologist with her. That's what she needs, not more media attention
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
12 Jan 08
I like Dr Phil, I think he is a very smart man and OMG she needs help, why on earth after all the things she has done in public and I have read she is passing stuff onto the media and i believe holidaying with one of the papparazzy as I type, I ask why make such a fuss about Dr Phil telling the press he offered help, yes it would probably have been on TV well isn't that the way she is doing things anyway, and maybe he could have helped her quietly if she had have wanted it that way, maybe he could have suggested one of his many contacts for her, I don't think she wants help, I think this is the only way she can keep het name up there now and she may even like it that way. What a silly girl she is, she has so much to be thankful for and she abuses it all.
@anniepa (27236)
• United States
13 Jan 08
First, here's my personal disclaimer; I'm not a big fan of any of the "players" here - Britney, her mother or Dr. Phil. But from what I gathered Britney's mother asked Dr. Phil as a family friend to visit her daughter in his capacity as a doctor. Britney knew nothing about this. Dr. Phil showed up at the hospital as she was leaving and walked with her to her car, as I understand it. He then called a press conference and spoke publicly about Britney's health issues. His intent had been to have a show about her with an intervention, or at least that's what I've heard but Britney's mother changed her mind about that. So, here's what we know in a nutshell: Britney obviously has some problems and needs help; no surprise there. Britney may have a habit of alerting the press of her comings and goings so it would appear she invites much of the publicity she gets. Britney's mother is no candidate for "Parent of the Year". All of that having been said, Dr. Phil McGraw is a doctor and supposedly a friend of the Spears family. He's also a celebrity with a TV talk show. In this case he crossed the line, no question about it. It wasn't up to him to go see this troubled young woman as a family friend and doctor only to make public statements about this visit. That goes against everything I've ever believed about the doctor/patient relationship! I can't speak for what Britney's mom's original idea of having Dr. Phil visit her daughter entailed but she has every right to be upset at how it was handled. The past actions of the Spears women is irrelevant in this case, IMHO. Annie
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