When we think of memorable episodes of Dr. Phil, the one with 12-year-old Aneska immediately comes to mind.
Although she looked sweet and innocent, mother Melanie explained that her daughter kept the family in a constant state of crisis, calling her explosive, violent and aggressive. The teenager not only threatened her parents and siblings several times, but also beat her hamster to death and deliberately killed a chick’s nest.
An update at the end of Aneska’s March 2016 episode revealed that a doctor detected abnormal activity in her brain and recommended that she try new medications. But has the girl with the disturbing tendencies improved in the four years since her mother and father sought Dr. Phil’s help?
What happened to Aneska from ‘Dr. Phil’? Here is an update.
Most of the information we could find about Aneka and her family came out around the time her story was broadcast on TV, and it was difficult to confirm exact details, since her last name was not published on the show. However, using several Reddit threads, we were able to verify that her full name is Aneska Lenardon.
A photo of the now teenager was posted on her mother’s Facebook page in June 2017 and shows her parents and three siblings. An account with her name shows a photo from August. 29 and indicates that she is expected to graduate from high school in 2021.
His Instagram account does not seem to have been touched since 2018, but the biography says: yes, I was on TV, no, I don’t want any help. This is my real account. We sincerely hope that Aneska is actually doing well.
Who is Aneska Patricia Lenardon?
When Aneska first performed at ‘Dr. Phil’, she was only 12 years old. Her parents Melanie and Dave contacted Phil McGraw and asked him to take a look at their seemingly cute daughter, who allegedly continued to terrorize the whole family. Although Aneska’s behavior seemed extremely strange, her parents explained that she had fallen off the tricycle when she was only 3 years old. With a swollen face and a chipped tooth, Aneska was taken to the hospital and treated by a doctor.
Surprisingly, her physical injuries healed over time, but since the fall, Aneska’s parents noticed a frightening change in behavior, which gradually took over her entire being. It was like someone flipped a switch, her father recalled on the show. Aneska was a completely different child. Her violent tendencies were manifested from an early age, when it was mentioned on the show how she beat her hamster to death with a flashlight when she was six years old.
According to the show, Aneska killed several puppies the following year, pushing them to death with her bare hands. Such behavior is almost unknown in a small child, and his parents were rightfully worried about his future. Although the doctor who checked Aneska’s MRI on the show mentioned that she may be living with a significant sensory dysregulation disorder or bipolar disorder, no amount of medication or treatments seemed to affect her way of thinking.
Instead, Melanie mentioned that over time her daughter became even more aggressive and developed a habit of stealing and lying. She lies, steals and does not respect authorities, her mother said. She even claimed that her daughter resorted to violence in the blink of an eye and was often caught physically assaulting her siblings. In addition, Aneska also could not make any corrections, since she once lost her temper and allegedly threatened to kill her mother.
Where is Aneska Patricia Lenardon now?
Since appearing in reality shows, Aneska likes to keep her personal life away from the public and prefers privacy. However, in 2017, her mother posted a photo on Facebook indicating that she was still with her family and living a life like a typical teenager. Later, in 2021, the ‘Dr. Phil’ website mentioned that Aneska was turning 18 and was about to graduate from high school. She also claimed that she managed to control her violent streak and was no longer motivated by anger.
Moreover, Aneska even seemed to maintain a close bond with her parents and longed for a better future. She currently has a limited social media presence and has only posted a few photos on Instagram. On the other hand, her Facebook account, although private, seems to be much more up-to-date, mentioning that she now lives in Burlington, Ontario. It is wonderful to hear about Aneska’s triumph over her problems, and we wish her all the best for the coming years.
Friends of the family confirmed that Aneska’s problems were real.
About Dr. Phil, Melanie and Dave said that their daughter’s personality had changed after she fell from her tricycle at the age of 3. It was like someone flipped a switch, Dave recalled. Aneska was a completely different child.
According to those who knew the Lenardons from their hometown of Brandon in Manitoba, Canada, the parents’ struggles for the cameras were not exaggerated. Melanie is a mom and I pray that she won’t be ridiculed for trying to get help for her daughter, one person wrote on a neighborhood discussion forum.
This family has been enough, let’s support them on this journey and pray that this beautiful girl gets the help she desperately needs, the concerned resident added.
Another commenter shared that I worked with Dad. I knew there were ‘problems’ at home, but I had no idea they were so extreme. I really hope that they can get some relief from the connections that the show has been able to provide.
Someone who claims to have spoken to the parents shortly after the episode aired in 2016 said he was following the advice of experts to change Aneska’s medication.
The doctor who analyzed her MRI, Dr. Bradley Jabour, CEO and head of neuroradiology at Smart Brain and Health, found that she could have bipolar disorder or significant sensory dysregulation disorder, a condition in which the brain has difficulty receiving and responding to information that comes through the senses.
It is not known whether Aneska has been officially diagnosed with any of these disorders.