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          "My Husband Used to Abuse Me So Now I'm Abusing Him"

          December 05, 2014

          Teresa says her husband of 12 years, Joe, cheated on her and was abusive with her until 2011, when he was arrested for domestic violence and got help with his anger. Now, Teresa says that even though Joe hasn’t abused her in three years, she is filled with rage and directs her anger at Joe — hitting him, throwing things and screaming at him — often in front of their three children. How can she rein in her anger and learn to trust her husband again? Joe admits he was abusive in the past but says he has done everything in his power to change and make amends. He says he wants to save their marriage, but Teresa can’t get over his past. Can Joe convince Teresa he is a changed man?

          Then, Karen says her friend, Kime, deserves to be recognized for being a fabulous friend, wife and mother. She says Kime takes care of herself, as well as others, and is a wonderful role model to her four daughters. Find out the heroic act she made on behalf of a stranger! And, don’t miss Robin McGraw’s special surprise for Kime!

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          Lashing Out

          Teresa acknowledges that her husband no longer abuses her physically, but she claims he now ignores her instead, which fills her with rage and causes her to lash out at him — often in front of their three children.
          “I feel horrible. It breaks my heart that they’re watching this, that they’re seeing what such a dysfunctional marriage is about. They deserve better,” Teresa says. “I’m getting worse and worse. If things don’t change, we’ll be divorced very soon.”

          Joe says Teresa just can’t move on from the past. He also says part of the problem is her drinking.

          A dramatic stunt Teresa pulled on the freeway terrified Joe and the couple’s daughter. Was it a cry for help — or attention? 

          Dr. Phil explains why he thinks Teresa keeps lashing out at her husband. “You’ve heard that old saying, ‘What I fear, I create’?”

          Dr. Phil explains how Teresa can learn to forgive Joe and trust him again.

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          A Fabulous Woman

          Karen says her sister-in-law, Kime (left), deserves to be recognized for being a fabulous friend, wife and mother. She says Kime takes care of herself, as well as others, and is a wonderful role model to her four daughters. She says Kime is the ultimate volunteer and is always making a difference in other people’s lives.

          Vicki (right) is a mother who says she, too, is truly grateful for Kime. Vicki’s son, Greg, was diagnosed with cancer at 16. When he was 21 and needed a bone marrow transplant, Kime came up as a match. She accepted without hesitation, and Vicki says her selfless act gave their family four more years with her son, who passed away in 2013.
          Dr. Phil unites Vicki and Kime, who have become close but have never met in person.

          Robin surprises both women with a stay at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena, where they will receive massages, manicures and pedicures at the hotel’s Chuan Spa. For pampering at home, the women receive a three month membership to Planet Beach Automated Spa, plush monogrammed towels and a spa robe from Luxor Linens, Robin’s own Georgia fragrance and bath product collection and her Light of My Life candles collection!

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