Dr. Elaine Ducharme

Dr. Elaine Ducharme

Dr. Ducharme’s Blog August 12, 2019 Step-Parenting

As a result of a skyrocketing divorce rate and many individuals delaying marriage well into their thirties, step parenting is becoming increasingly common. 50% of first marriages fail. The number is even higher in second marriages. Initially, a new marriage may seem very romantic; “I love you and...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog July 22, 2019 Phone Etiquette, Mindfulness and Privacy

Recently I had a manicure. It was a lovely 40 minutes carved out of my day. I chatted a bit with the manicurist. True, English was not her native language, but we certainly could communicate. When we were not talking, I took time to breath and relax. I noticed that the woman next to me had 2 phones...
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Dr. Ducharme's Blog Vacation is over…now what? July 15, 2019

I was sitting with a patient the other day who had just returned from a lovely time at the beach. She was commenting on how nice it was to not have to set an alarm in the morning and be able to relax and look at the ocean while drinking her coffee. Truthfully, I was feeling the same way. I just...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog Having a Safe and Enjoyable Summer July 8, 2019

Summer generally brings thoughts of fun, sun and relaxation for kids. But it can bring increase stress to parents. Finding money for camp, daycare and other summer activities, the need to rearrange work schedules and even just spending more time with your kids can be difficult. Here are a few tips...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog July 1, 2019 Child Centered Divorce

July is National Child Centered Divorce Day dedicated to alerting parents about the harm to their children when divorce isn’t handled effectively. Repeated studies show that is is not the divorce per se that damages children. It is the ongoing conflict that is destructive to children. Going through...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog June 24, 2019 Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence 

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog June 10, 2019 Summertime Safety and Fun

Summer vacation is here. While the kids are shouting with joy, parents may find themselves trying not to shout. Having the kids home all day for 8 weeks can be a challenge. It is really important to remember that kids still do best when they have some structure. So, while flexibility is important...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog June 3, 2019 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

I frequently like to use this blog post to help people understand the various forms of mental illness. Knowledge allows us to understand, find treatment and extend kindness to those affected. Today, I want to talk about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. What is it Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog May 29, 2019 Priorities

I know that many people feel there is so much happening in the world and they have little control over the results. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. On top of this, everyone seems to be so busy. Work, kids, sports teams, housekeeping, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, fill our days leaving us...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog May 20, 2019 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

As part of Mental Health Awareness month I am devoting this blog to a discussion of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) or actions (compulsions)...
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