Dr. Phil says celebs are helping to change society's views on mental health

Dr. Phil discusses the college admissions scandal, mental health and the latest in his show and podcast.
8:35 | 04/25/19

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Our next guest has never been shy about giving his view for the past 17 seasons on his own show and that's always welcome at this table. He's always welcome, any time. Please welcome back Dr. Phil. I have to say a lot of people were freaked out. I didn't think you were going to have a moustache today. Yeah. What was that? That was April fool's day. Let me tell you I did shave it off once. Oprah shaved it off at radio city music hall. I looked like an ard vark without it. You look like a totally different person. Robin was sitting in the front row when it was shaved off and within three seconds she said no. When I met her, I was a '70s porn star. I had to grow it back. She didn't like it. Now you know what's going to happen with that? You know tomorrow they're going viral? I don't think anybody would believe that. Dr. Phil we showed pictures of you in your youth. We showed pictures of you when you played football in college. That picture was very cute. People may believe it. Maybe. It was the '60s. We were all cute in the '60s. Let's talk about the college admissions scandal. These two women felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, they handled situation differently. Felicity apologized and pled Lori Loughlin showed up in a limo bus, signing autographs, smiling. She didn't plead guilty. She said she wasn't aware she was breaking the law. What do you think about the different techniques? Who did the right thing? I spent most of my professional career as a litigation consultant. I taught witnesses you're testifying from the minute you're charged, not from the minute you get on the witness stand. Everything you do impacts that jury. Look, these people know what the government has on them. Sunny will tell you these prosecutors don't bring these cases unless they know they've got it nailed. Think intend to be defense lawyers. They want to go to the defense side saying they never lost a I never lost a case. That's right. They don't bring it -- these defendants know what the other side has. The rest of the world doesn't, but the defendants know. If you know they got you, you need to run, not walk, to the prosecutor and make a deal. The longer you wait, the more work they put into it and you piss them off. Yeah. The first things they do -- Preach, Dr. Phil. They add charges. If that doesn't do it, then they charge co-conspirators like your families members and your children. You're a shrink. What's behind Lori Loughlin's behavior? Denial. If you're charged with something serious, you don't go to the courthouse and do this because the judge is watching that. I don't care whether you're innocent or guilty. You show respect to the bench. You don't go out front and play around like that. Bad idea. The prosecutors are watching too. This is a topic that impacts so many people. Celebrities we're seeing almost every day they're coming out and opening up about depression, about mental health issues. We had taraji P. Henson. We've been following the Britney spears story. You sat down with Sophie turner of "Game of thrones" who opened up about her depression. What is going on? I think the stigma is leaving. People are saying it's no different than having a knee problem or any other thing. That's what I've been trying to say, to move this to the forefront of the narrative in America where you don't have to be ashamed if you have anxiety or depression or any other mental illness. Finally people are saying it's okay to talk about it. When taraji and these stars that people look at and admire talk about it, then others will say if they can say it, then I can say it. It looks like they have everything. That's right. It's not more people are having these issues, it's that finally people are talking about it? Exactly. They always had those issues. Look back to Marilyn Monroe and that era. It was covered up in those days. It was. Now they're talking about it and thank god they are. It inspires others to talk about it. I think that's a good thing. No need to suffer in silence. No, of course not. Today's episode of Dr. Phil, I can't wait to see it. You're talking to a controversial couple who despite being first cousins fell in love, got married and are now considering have a child of their own. How does the rest of the family feel about that? That happens though in a lot of cultures. It started -- it used to be like that first cousins married. There's a big part of the world where it's part of the it was that way because they didn't travel much. You had to marry people in your family. There are airplanes now. You could go for a fourth cousin. That doesn't mean there are going to be problems. That's not true. You double the risk of birth defects if you marry your first cousin. You could have a recessive gene on both sides. How did they respond when you tell them that? They've got confirmation bias. They refuse to hear it. There are other family members that think it's disgusting and ridiculous. They think they're doing it to get attention. They may do it for some agenda, but the child doesn't get a vote and the child picks up the tab. The child pays for it. That's sad. That happens a lot. It does. The child pays. You don't have to be cousins for the child to pay. This is another thing that's fascinating. You have a new true crime podcast debuting today called "Analysis of murder by Dr. Phil." Da da da. The first season focuses on gypsy rose Blanchard who killed her abusive mother DI DI. This is going to shake people to the core. A lot of people don't know the intricacies of it. I did a post doctoral fellowship in forensic psychiatry. I'm taking people inside the minds of these killers. Isn't interesting to think about what somebody is actually thinking when they're hacking somebody to death? What are you thinking? It's a full day. How is that okay? How is that okay? People look at me and say who does that? When they say that to me, it's no rhetorical. They mean really who does that? We want to know how to spot these people. I'm going to break this down and analyze this. It's going to shake people to the core because there's an argument to be made that this is self-defense. It might have come down to it's her or me. One of us is getting out of here alive, not both. It's going to make people think. Dr. Phil always takes us catch his show every weekday. Check your local listings. His new podcast debuts tomorrow on all platforms, including apple.

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