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          PLAYING Why A Woman May Be Overly Attached To Her Cats

          Why A Woman May Be Overly Attached To Her Cats


          December 5, 2018

          Pamela says she’s obsessed with her 15 cats and can barely leave their side. She says she’s terrified something bad may happen to them and so she can only be out of the house for short periods of time, or she is constantly watching cameras she installed to see how her felines are doing. She even admits her preoccupation with her cats may lead to the end of her fourth marriage.

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          Is Pamela’s behavior normal? Dr. Phil reviews what he considers to be normal and abnormal behavior in the video above. And, he explains why Pamela, who says as a child she was often separated from animals she grew to love, may have a hoarding disorder.

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          “There are commonalities among people who do what you’re doing, and a trauma in childhood is almost always there, so it becomes very anxiety producing to think about being separated from an animal,” Dr. Phil tells her. “At a time when you didn’t have the ability to fight back, at a time when you didn’t have the ability to have a voice and assert yourself and say, ‘No, you’re not going to take this love object away from me, this animal that I’ve bonded with away from me.’ You were helpless. And now, you’re not helpless to do it, so you keep replicating hanging on to these animals. It’s like, ‘This is my revenge.’”

          Hear more from Dr. Phil in the video above. Is Pamela ready to face her underlying issues? See what happens on Wednesday’s episode. Check here to see where you can watch.

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          'You're Paralyzed By Anxiety, And You're Hiding Behind These Cats,' Dr. Phil Says To Woman With 15 Felines

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