Dr. Phil ready to take on tough topics

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
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PHOENIX  -- Doctor Phil is no stranger to tackling some of the toughest topics out there. And some of the ones on upcoming episodes are no exception.

Topics ahead include a family torn apart by anorexia, and an exclusive interview with kidnap victim Michelle Knight.

Monday's episode introduces a woman who weighs just 75 pounds. "This is  one of the few times I've had a guest on the show that we were really concerned that she would actually make it through the show," Dr. Phil tells 3TV. "She is on death's door."

Anne and Mike say their 28-year-old daughter Michelle has been battling anorexia, bulimia and drug addiction for 10 years. And at just 75 pounds, they fear for her life. The parents say Michelle cycles between bingeing, purging and starving herself, all the while using pain pills, cocaine and other drugs to cope with feeling hungry, and was once found passed out with a needle in her arm.

"She's done everything she can to keep her weight down," says Dr. Phil. "You've got someone who has a drug problem, who has mental and emotional difficulties. Has family issues, is down to 75 pounds. Organ failure. She's had multiple seizures, has been taken to the ER a number of times. But she still clings to this very destructive disorder."

On Tuesday's show, you can watch an interview with Michelle Knight, one of the girls kidnapped and held prisoner by Ariel Castro.

"She very much wanted to tell her story," says Dr. Phil. "This is an unbelievable worldwide exclusive interview. We are going to blow some myths out right out of the box."

In the riveting two-part series, Knight breaks her silence to reveal the true story of what happened inside Cleveland's now notorious house of horrors. She recounts the horrific, unrelenting physical, sexual and mental abuse she says she endured throughout her captivity in Castro's Cleveland home. 

Hear the unspeakable acts of cruelty she says was subjected to, what she says gave her the strength to endure his more than 10 years of torture, and how she says she almost escaped during her first year of captivity.

"This is a very bright young woman. An intelligent young woman. She has a spirit you won't believe. Her ability to recall and relate details of what has happened in that house over 11 years is staggering," he says. "People are not going to believe what they're about  to hear."

You can watch Dr. Phil every weekday at 3:00 p.m., right here on 3TV.