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Shattered in an Instant

In the blink of an eye, your life can change forever. Dr. Phil’s guests say they can’t get over the recent Mojave Desert truck accident, when eight people were killed and more than 40 were injured. Dr. Phil explains how to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teen Coping with Trauma


When the videotape ends, Dr. Phil turns to Jenny. "What was your reaction to that?" he asks.
"It was good to see him talk about it. Since he's been home, he has seemed better," she replies. "That night he said, ‘Something just lifted off of me, and I feel better.'"
Dr. Phil welcomes Dr. Trask to the show. "Great work, by the way," he praises her. "I love this whole concept. Talk about what's going on and why it's important to have the animals involved."
"Actually, the horse represents two things: It represents a challenge for [Jakob], so that he can accomplish these challenges and these tasks, and then build self-confidence and become more in tune to his own abilities, to overcome things, and to give him this confidence in the future," she replies.
"You put him in that situation, and he stepped up, and he did it in a major way," Dr. Phil observes. He turns to Travis. "You've got to feel good about that."
"I'm very, very thankful for everything Dr. Laura has done for Jakob, and her whole team. He was truly a different boy when he came home that day," Travis marvels.
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