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Research Shows 'Dr. Phil' Viewers Are More Likely To Seek Mental Health Treatment

The Huffington Post

August 10, 2016

The Huffington Post - A new study reveals that those who watch Dr. Phil’s daytime talk show regularly are more likely to seek treatment for mental health issues for both themselves and their children than those who do not watch the program.

"Many people with a diagnosable mental disorder don't obtain professional personalized treatment, so they turn to things in the mass media like Dr. Phil or self-help books," said Eric Rasmussen, an assistant professor at Texas Tech Univeristy College of Media and Communication, who collaborated with David Ewoldsen at Michigan State University on the study.

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