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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

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The 7 Main Types of Abuse


Most state protective services constitute abuse to be neglect, sexual, or physical. But a bruise should not be a requirement for proof of abusive behavior. There are many other ways a person can be abused. Abuse can be manipulation, exploitation, maltreatment, neglect, violence, cruelty, harm, hurt, ill-treatment, and exploitive. The seven ways it is manifested is through physical, mental, verbal, emotional, financial, sexual and spiritual. The following list is not inclusive but rather provides an...

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Narcissistic Abuse: Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking


Shirley thought that the abuse from her narcissistic husband would be over after the divorce was finalized. But it wasn’t. Instead, he found a new way to harass, embarrass, and torment her. He began to cyberbully and cyberstalk.

She noticed at first that he was liking or using the angry face her Facebook posts. When she didn’t respond, he made a sarcastic comment. Even after she would delete his comments, he would make another one even...

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23 Ways You Could be Cyberstalked


During his divorce, Mark became aware of strange things happening to him on his social media and personally. Some of his friends began posting things that seemed to be about him without directly naming him. His soon-to-be-ex kept posting meme’s about crazy husbands. Then she began randomly appearing where he was, introducing herself to whomever he was with, and sending him excessive text messages through the day.

Confused and frustrated, Mark researched cyberharassment and found all...

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13 Types of Relationship Affairs


What is an affair? It is a sexual encounter, romantic comrade, or obsessive attachment between two people without a significant other’s knowledge. It can come in many forms but all of them have the underlying issue of a betrayal of trust, unfaithfulness to a commitment, and infidelity of the relationship. Sometimes it destroys the initial relationship and other times the relationship can survive.

Over the years of counseling thousands of people, there have been many incidents...

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Narcissistic Rescuers: Beware of the Backlash


The narcissist appears at the optimal time. A grieving family is destroyed over the death of a parent and is in desperate need of emotional stability. A spouse is torn apart by divorce and is starved for normal amounts of positive attention. A friend is destroyed by the betrayal of another and is craving a close relationship for support.

Now, enter the narcissist.  Hidden by a veil of perfection, the narcissist immediately endears themselves to the...

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Why Old Abuse is Triggered


Anne was a successful competitive swimmer growing up but abruptly gave it up in high school. Her explanation for abandoning the sport she loved was strange, yet her family and friends accepted the dramatic shift in interests. She said she never looked back. Now, however, as a wife and mother, Anne was suddenly struck with memories from her swimming days.

The memories were haunting as she started to remember being molested by her swimming coach. At...

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How Do Deceptive People Get Away with It?


David was the charismatic leader of a large not-for-profit organization which gave aid and care for the homeless. Over the past ten years, his organization, under his energetic leadership, grew substantially as donations increased, new shelters were formed, and thousands of people were assisted. On the surface, things seemed to above board and working well. But it wasn’t.

Discretionary funds kept disappearing and despite the increase in donations and the efficiency of management, the organizations' numbers...

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What is Group Psychological Abuse?


It all begins with a group of people. This group is very tight such as found in could be a gang, work environment, cult, religious organization, political party, sorority/fraternity, or really any organized group or close family unit. There is a leader, usually set at a higher level then its members and some type of exclusivity such as a ritual and/or financial commitment to join.

On the surface, everything is fine. But this group is different....

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How to Reduce Pre-Hurricane Stress (PHS)


As Hurricane Dorian heads for the Florida shore with an anticipated category 4 center winds of 130-156 miles per hour, anxiety builds in residents. Forecasting the track of the storm is unfortunately not an exact science which only adds to the increased pressure in the air. The whole state is on alert, waiting to see where and when the storm will hit.

The topic of conversation at check-out aisles in overly crowded grocery stores is which...

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What to Do When Narcissism Turns Dangerous


Amy believed that her troubles were over after a lengthy divorce from her narcissistic husband. The moment the papers were signed by the judge, she felt free, finally, from his tyranny in her life. But from her narcissistic ex’s perspective, things were just getting heated.

The last several years during the divorce were hell. She endured no financial assistance and lived on food stamps. She tried to get a job but he would block her attempts....