Dr. Elaine Ducharme

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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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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog May 13, 2019 Kids Dying in Hot Cars

Although our weather has been rainy and cold, we have had a few hot days and summer is just around the corner. I first published this blog post a few years ago. I wish I had never had the need to write it. However, too many children and pets continue to die after being left in in a hot car. It is...
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Dr, Elaine Ducharme Podcast May 6th, 2019

Dr, Elaine Ducharme was in studio to chat with Allan , Mike & Mary about hoarding and mental illness. Here is the url for Mental Health Awareness Month information. It is www.mhconn.org/MAY www.drelaineducharme.com Elaine Ducharme Ph.D, ABPP Board Certified in Clinical Psychology Licensed...
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Dr. Ducharme’s Blog Monitoring Kid’s Digital Devices April 29, 2019

I spend a lot of time talking with parents about monitoring their kids’ use of digital devices. Some parents really seem to be on top of it. However, most feel overwhelmed, don’t know where to start or worry about their kids thinking they can’t trust their parents. Frankly, most kids really can’t...
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Dr. Ducharme's Blog Rebuilding: April 22, 2019

I was driving on Route 2 when a friend called and simply said, “Notre Dame” is burning down. My first thought was about the college. Then I quickly realized the unthinkable. Notre Dame, in my beloved city of Paris was uncontrollably engulfed in flames. When I got to my office and stared at the...
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