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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Coping Skills

19 Things to Do with Anger Other Than Explode

Mitchell was furious after leaving the front office. A student reported this anger outburst with her mother to administration. Upon finding her in the hallway, he unleashed on the student calling her stupid and belittling her. When she tried to get away, he abused his authority to keep her present and continued his harassment for several minutes.

Samantha was sick and tired of other people taking advantage of her. She gave up an entire weekend to...

Coping Skills

Grieving Though the Holidays

It was only after the nursing home started setting decorating for Christmas that Norman realized this would be the first year without his wife at home. Worse yet, based on his last visit with her, she most likely would not remember any part of their 50 years together. The Alzheimer’s had taken over her brain and most days she was recounting stories of her childhood as if they happened yesterday.

Jessa and Ryan found themselves stuck...

Coping Skills

How to Introduce the Concept of Narcissism to Others

Nancy was determined after the last family gathering to find out what was so dysfunctional about their interaction. Within minutes of assembling, her mom oscillated between belittling her and her dad while making her brother look like he was a king and ignoring her younger sister. After seeing a therapist about the matter, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) was introduced.

Finally, someone explained her life in a way that not only made sense but changed the way...

Coping Skills

Another Traumatic Ending from the Effects of PTSD

In the news this morning is a story about a Kentucky law maker who shot himself after sexual allegations came to light the previous day. While there are many aspects of this man’s life that both encouraging and discouraging, his last words on social media indicated that his death was do the to lasting effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This one small detail which was buried at the end of the story highlights the...

Coping Skills

10 Tips for Living with a Borderline

As a teenager, Melanie was diagnosed as bi-polar after one of her psychiatric inpatient stays. She was told the several different medications would help curb her tendencies towards high risk behaviors. It did not. Rather, the medications made her more angry and anxious, so she stopped taking them all together.

She would go for months and even as long as a year without slipped into potentially dangerous acts. But then one day without warning, she crashed...

Marriage

5 Types of People Who Are Naturally Attracted to Each Other

Every wonder what causes an immediate attraction the first time two people meet?

Sarah finally discovered that she kept dating the same type of abusive person over and over. Bill accidentally called his new girlfriend his mother in the middle of an argument. Steven who was shy his whole life married a flamboyant salesperson.

While there is no known origin of the saying, “Opposites attract,” the concept appears to be related to Coulomb’s Law of physics (1785)....

Coping Skills

How to Survive a Narcissistic Mother In-Law

Clara braced herself for a long weekend with her in-laws. It was her husband’s birthday and his mother invited them by saying, “Only I know how to properly celebrate our special day.” Their relationship had always been strange but the physical distance helped minimize contact.

His mom treated her son like he walked on water; nothing was his fault, everything was Clara’s fault. When her husband got the flu, her mother-in-law said, “If Clara took better...

Coping Skills

Can Narcissism be Fixed?

John and Sue were frustrated by their adult daughter who by 35 years old had two failed marriages (everything was the ex’s fault), lost the last five jobs (her bosses hated her and wanted to get rid of her), had several plastic surgical procedures (she HAD to have these), and was now living back at home. After stumbling on the definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, they believe she displayed all the characteristics. But the big...

Exhaustion

Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?

At first glance, Megan appeared to have ADHD. She couldn’t sit still, struggled to focus, was easily distracted, and frequently forgot things. She even convinced a doctor that she had ADHD and took some medication which only made matters worse, not better. Frustrated and confused, she became worried that she had a more severe mental disorder and thought she was losing her mind.

One of the commonly overlooked areas in mental health is sleep disorders. A...

General

The Art of Good Communication: Texting Etiquette

Miscommunication happens often enough face to face. But it happens far more frequently over text messages. Alice was texting back and forth with her boyfriend when suddenly he went silent after a simple question. In the middle of a meeting, John received a three page text message from his ex-wife. Sandy accidently sent an intimate text message to the wrong person causing a series of awkward responses.

All of these misunderstandings could be avoided by following...