Celebrity Head Cases: Dr. Phil and Dr. Drew


Two psychologists have been in the news lately, Dr. Phil with his TV show and his Britney screw up, and Dr. Drew with his new VH1 show, Celebrity Rehab. If you were unfortunately smitten with a mental disorder, which Doctor would you choose to treat your ailment? To make an informed decision, you”ll need more background info, which you can always find at Fancast. Let’s start with Dr. Phil:

McGraw followed his father’s footsteps and attended the University of Tulsa, but dropped out after his freshman year. He later earned his degrees—a B.S., M.A., and Ph.D.—from North Texas State University. During his college years, McGraw played football as a linebacker, but was sidelined with an eye injury that left him partially blinded. True to character, McGraw never let the injury get him down—he studied optic nerve damage and wore a patch over his one good eye to help improve his vision in the injured one. For his Ph.D. dissertation, McGraw drew upon his self-healing experience when he studied how psychology could relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. After graduation, McGraw entered his father’s private practice, only to discover that he disliked being a therapist. Nonetheless, he opened his own private practice, which he shut down in 1989 after he was reprimanded by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for a complaint filed by a former client who claimed McGraw carried on an inappropriate sexual relationship with her. The reprimand, according to the unauthorized biography The Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone’s Favorite Therapist, forced McGraw to undergo physical and psychological exams, attend an ethics class, and be supervised by a licensed psychologist for a year.

Let’s see. A good education, substantial degrees, beating the odds and coming out on top? check, check check. But wait, a reprimand by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists? Dr. Phil, you lost lost a few points! A good start, followed by a few shoddy spots. He wins back some of those points, only because of The Dr. Phil Show, where he slaps sense into the craziest and dumbest individuals.

Let’s take a look at Dr. Drew’s background to see how he fares up:

His mother, Helene, was a homemaker and his father, Morton, was a doctor. Drew used to go on house calls with his father and decided young that he wanted to be a doctor, too. Drew attended Polytechnic High School, a private school in Pasadena, before going to Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In high school, Drew played football and was class president. At Amherst, Drew majored in Biology. He graduated from high school in 1976 and from Amherst in 1980. Upon graduation from Amherst, Drew came back to California and attended the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He graduated from USC in 1984. Drew served his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. He was appointed to chief resident at HMH. Now he is in private practice in Pasadena where his patients are 60+ years old and also does rounds at Las Encinas Hospital.

USC! Extra points to Dr. Drew for going to one of our alma maters. Plus we’re totally hooked on his show, Celebrity Rehab!. We can’t wait to see what becomes of poor Jeff Conaway, big-hearted Daniel Baldwin, and jerk-face Ricco Rodriguez, who has done his best to get the entire show to hate his guts. So, okay, I guess if it came down to it and I developed some weird mental disease, I’d prefer to go to Dr. Drew for help.

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