Tons of people tune in daily to watch episodes of their favorite TV and radio shows featuring advice from ‘doctors’ like Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz. These ‘doctors’ are licensed in some way — but maybe not exactly in the way that you expect. For example: Dr. Phil, who advertises himself as a psychologist, actually did have a PhD in psychology — until 2006, when he let his credentials lapse.
What’s more problematic is that these TV doctors are less concerned with helping their clients, and more focused on capturing drama for their viewers. This has led them to dispense some truly horrifying advice that no sane doctor would ever give their patients. Advice like…
“Just stop hitting your children”
This choice quote came from Dr. Phil’s TV show in 2009. He was counseling a woman who confessed to hitting her children, and she came on the show to see if Dr. Phil could help her stop. His advice was for her to, “just stop hitting your children,” which I’m sure the woman had thought of before. He went on to further minimize her problem, telling her, “It’s not that you won’t, it’s just that you don’t.” Oh, OK then.