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Dr. Phil

To Capitalize on Depressed Country Singer

7/23/2008 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mindy McCready is going back to rehab after trying to do herself in with her favorite swiggable and pharmaceutical -- vodka and Ambien -- and we hear Dr. Phil's inserting himself in the whole she-bang.

TMZ has learned the troubled McCready went off the deep end late last week after getting dumped by her boyfriend and collapsed while on the phone with her mother. She downed a bottle of vods and pills in what we're told was a "suicide attempt."

She's headed to Arizona for treatment, and a source says that was all Phil's idea. We're told he's taken Mindy under his wing as a "personal project." As for whether or not she'll be on the show, time will tell.

We contacted Phil -- so far, no answer. Mindy's peeps had no comment.

UPDATE:
A rep for the good Dr. P tells TMZ, "Dr. Phil has not treated patients one-on-one since his show went on air. Ms. McCready's situation is private and we respect her right to privacy in a difficult time."

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jen jen    

who is this crazy chick?

2192 days ago
17.

Tracy    


Didn't she date Dean Cain?

2192 days ago
18.

Julie from Boston    

Why the hell doesn't he ever just mind his own damn business? He plays with people's lives for ratings - disgusting.

2192 days ago
19.

lena    

who cares, seriously who cares?

2192 days ago
20.

BJ Rocks    

who has her child?? I wish that child the best of luck looks like it will need it.

2192 days ago
21.

Betty    

Since his ratings have slipped and many people think he is wwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy overrated, "Jim Dandy to the Rescue" needs to get some extra publicity. Maybe he can try his new-age religion on her and if that doesn't work, he can call in Oprah to use her new-age religion on her too.

2192 days ago
22.

Betty    

McGraw is treating McCrazy? He needs self help for hogging photo ops. She will do better with a fully trained staff, not that publicity hound!! The suicide attempt doesn't mean she is crazy. She needs to start feeling self worth without the stupid boyfriend.

2192 days ago
23.

renee    

she has been rode hard and hung up wet...total train wreck!

2192 days ago
24.

jabba    

I guess Dr. Phil trolls the news and internet to find 'patients' to rescue. Hasn't he made enough $$ to 'shut it down'. Guess not. Now that Oprah is gaining weight again, maybe he can re-visit her issues of overeating. This man has no shame.

Mindy is a mess for sure, but a self proclaimed pop psycologist isn't going to fix this. She needs more intense therapy than an hour talk show can help. Wait, wasn't she Oprah's project also? There are thousands of women just like Mindy out there--can't he get one less famous to put on? Or is she famous? Used to be? Sickening!! This just happens to be where his radar hit a blip!! Thank God we haven't seen the Dr. Phil house for a bit!! Wouldn't you just love to be in that neighborhood when that circus comes to town? And they thought Britney caused problems for her neighbors. Dr. Phil- retire already!!!!

2192 days ago
25.

char    

SCIENCE MAY ONE DA FIND A WAY BUT IT HAS NOT DONE SO YET!
RECOVERED ADDICTS KNOW THAT REHABS AND DR. PHIL ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

2192 days ago
26.

Shane    

Her baby is being raised by her mother, who has full, legal custody of the child. Mindy has been taking positive steps in getting custody of her child back but this is obviously a set back. Mindy is amazingly talented, and this makes me sad seeing that this is her THIRD suicide attempt. The girl is clearly screaming for help; this time someone was there to save her but what about the next?

2192 days ago
27.

Loud and talentless    

This woman DOESN'T want help! She does the SAME thing over and over expecting different results. She's a selfish, self-centered drunk and druggie who still thinks she's a star and should be pampered and catered to. Hate to say it but ...
Another Anna Nicole about to happen ... May her child find some stability ... ELSEWHERE.

2192 days ago
28.

scarlett    

This poor girl must have problems dating back to her childhood ... hope she can get straightened out.

2192 days ago
29.

Donna    

Dr. Phil needs to "get real". He is a self-declared appointee to run to help any celebrity who is in mental trouble and all the time he is rubbing his hands together thinking 'Oh, boy, I get some free publicity out of this and can make even more money.' He is an overgrown jerk and has a flaky wife who thinks she also knows everything. I can't stand those people. Think of the wonderful brain surgeons, scientists and other terrific contributors to our society who don't get any recognition or live in $12M houses and drive sports cars and use nepotism to advance the rest of the family.

2192 days ago
30.

Lisa    

Mindy McCready? I don't even know her. I wonder how she is going to help Dr. Phil's publicity because she is no Britney.

2192 days ago
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