Sharlene says her son, Tom, is verbally abusive to her. But when she punched him in the face, leaving him with two black eyes, Tom says that was his “wake-up call.” The 38-year-old, who claims he’s financially supported his mother for years, says he took out a restraining order and cut her out of his life.

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In the video above Tom says he was shocked when his mother attacked him. “If a man would jump on me like that, I would defend myself. But as my mom – I didn’t know what to do.”

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“He had that coming,” says Sharlene. She claims Tom was calling her names, and that’s why she punched him in the face. She says Tom talks to her “like a stupid, senile old woman” who doesn’t know how to take care of herself. She also claims he doesn’t want her to have any friends.

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Tom denies his mother’s accusations.

Can this estranged mother and son move past their volatile history and learn how to reconnect in a healthier way? This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday.

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