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Episode 85: Sharon

Season 5 Episode 16


Age: 51
Location: Texas
Addiction: Self-injury (hits herself), plastic surgery, shopping

What’s memorable: Sharon hits herself with her hairbrush in the head, in the stomach. She tried to kill her dog in the toilet, and she still spends everyday with her grandchildren. No one has any idea what’s going on her her head. It’s hard for anyone watching to know what’s going on in her head. Needless to say, her self-esteem issues have seriously affected her life, yet she seems like a really good, caring, sympathetic person.

Official Synopsis: A 51-year-old grandmother, Sharon is a compulsive shopper who has undergone numerous plastic surgeries to feel better about her appearance. She also feels she must hit herself. She has bruises on her thighs and stomach and repeatedly hits her head with a hairbrush. Now things are getting even worse. Sharon recently got the urge to drown one of her Chihuahuas; she didn’t harm the dog, but now Sharon’s daughter is terrified that Sharon might try to harm her grandchildren. Sharon’s dangerous compulsions need to stop.

Original Air Date: March 2009
Interventionist: Candy

Categories: Candy, Childhood Sexual Abuse, OCD, Plastic Surgery, Rape, Season 5, Self-Injury, Shopping


16 Responses to “Episode 85: Sharon”

  1. I was watching this episode. Is there an update on how she is doing? Is her husband still with her?. I hope she us doing well…

    Posted by Connie | October 21, 2015, 1:16 am
  2. I hope that Sharon is doing well~ would love to hear an update! Hard to believe that those little boys (her grandsons) are so much older now.

    Posted by Lisa | September 11, 2018, 5:28 am
  3. Any update on Sharon? I hope she is well .🖤✨

    Posted by Staci Newton | March 18, 2019, 11:16 pm
  4. Hello, it was surprising to me that she was not screened for Body Dysmorphic Disorder, as well as the OCD which they do mention/hint at. At least, it wasn’t shown on the show. Her compulsions to shop, avoid the mirror, many plastic surgeries, self disgust etc. and lack of functioning in life point to this. I hope she can get the help and compassion she needs, as she was clearly suffering a great deal.

    Posted by Amy | September 26, 2019, 4:05 pm
  5. Any updates on Sharon at all? I also felt like she was possibly suffering from hormonal fluctuations to do with menopause. She appeared very depressed as well.

    Posted by Cindy Williams | February 26, 2020, 9:58 pm
  6. Sharon had sustained a severe head (brain?) injury, cardiac surgery and, speaking as an older woman, some of her descriptions leads me to suspect hormone changes, which can cause actual mental illness in some women. I feel a thorough medical check up would be important before any mental therapy.

    Posted by Sally | June 9, 2020, 5:48 am
    • I think you’re right. The sudden behavioral changes at her age suggest her hormone levels are off, possibly from menopause. Surprised they didn’t address that or other mental illnesses during treatment.

      I hope she is doing well. It hurt to watch her hit herself.

      Posted by Katie | June 17, 2020, 10:35 pm
  7. From what I saw, she was sadly never able to break free from the cycle of trauma and abuse – from her parents/ childhood, to each abusive husband including the current one. They touched on it, but the wounded, narcissistic inappropriate relationships with her own mother and daughter broke my heart, and the fact that the husband was obviously emotionally abusive and caused her almost immediate relapse.

    Posted by Chantel Gallant | July 2, 2020, 10:47 am
    • Ive just turned 50 but im very different to Sharon but I agree that many of the problems of what she was going through would have been exacerbated by peri menopause.I feel like her husband wasnt really sympathetic to her and cared about her looks mainly.Her mother seemed cold and dis not want to say im sorry for your abuse. The fragmented parts of her personality are common with self harmers and abuse victims.I hope she has found peace and left her husband and replaced the voices of self hate with self love.

      Posted by mystic | August 5, 2020, 6:05 am
  8. I’m sorry but as soon as it exposed she tried to kill her dog.. I lost all sympathy for her.

    Posted by Xlio | July 10, 2020, 12:23 am
  9. hope she is well.

    Posted by perry | August 23, 2020, 7:48 pm
  10. Sadly, Sharon passed away a few years ago. Her husband had died the year prior to her death.
    I was the childhood friend on the episode, not my finest hour.
    Sharon really was a good person, shs just had issues.

    Posted by Jennifer Meadows | September 12, 2020, 11:54 pm

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