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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Family

10 Things Parents Need to Teach Their Teen

The goal of parenting teenagers is to raise fully functioning adults by 18 years old. The age is predetermined by the legal system that declares a person an adult at that age. Therefore, regardless of the emotional maturity of person, they need to be equipped to accept adult responsibility at 18.

The problem is that most parents forget this detail unless a teen is already engaged in defiant behavior. Then parents tend to use the approaching...

Coping Skills

10 Tips for Working with a Narcissist

The nervousness, tension, and terror that Meryl Streep portrays as Miranda Priestly in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” is all too familiar for some. Sadly, many narcissists rise to the top of the food chain with ease leaving a trail of destroyed relationships behind. When a narcissist sets their sites on executive status, they achieve it but the cost frequently is broken relationships.

The key to working with a narcissist is not in pointing out...

Exhaustion

The Psychological Benefits of Less

About fifteen years ago, a friend of mine sold her large beautiful home and opted for another house about a quarter of the size. There was no financial circumstance that mandated the change. Rather, she decided that having fewer things reduced her responsibility to care for them thereby gaining more time.

Her attitude towards living a more simplified life sadly sounded silly to me at time. Today I’m embracing the concept. Instead of buying a larger house like...

Family

What Is Sundowner’s Syndrome?

During the more advanced stages of Alzheimer's, a person may develop Sundowner’s Syndrome. As the sun goes down and night begins to appear, a person with Alzheimer’s become fearful, confused, agitated, and more unfamiliar with their surroundings.

This stimulates the primal fight or flight response even though there is no new environment or circumstance to justify this reaction. Patients can become intensely agitated to the point of raging usually at the closest target, the caretaker. Or...

Exhaustion

10 Psychological Benefits to Moving

Sorting, packing, transporting, unpacking, and organizing all your belongings can be a daunting task. The process takes much longer than anticipated as decisions about the status of each item can be made several times before finalizing. It drains mental, emotional, and of course physical energy leaving a person exhausted.

Most moves are predicated by some necessity in life such as a change in family size, new vocational opportunity, or an investment possibility. While the task of...

General

10 Divorce Precepts to Understand Before Filing

Making the transition from marriage to pre-divorce is difficult. It’s a journey that no one strives to experience and yet so many find themselves beginning the walk. Just to be clear, this article is not about whether or not a person should divorce, instead, it merely addresses the fact that so many marriages do end.

The problem is that because a person doesn’t plan for divorce, some of the basic precepts about it are never assimilated. And...

Coping Skills

The Levels of Deceptive People

There is a moment of realization when working with a person who seems nice on the surface that something is not right. It usually comes in a flash and without awareness, it retreats just as quickly. It is important to listen to those warning signals. Deceptive people often mask their deviousness, anger, manipulation, and controlling nature behind a kind façade. But even the best of deceptions are unable to be hidden all of the time.

The...

General

What’s In A Name?

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Juliet says in protest to Romeo’s last name in Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet. Her point is that a name is not always descriptive of who a person is. And so it is with psychological terms related to personality disorders.

There are some personality disorders with descriptive names that very much correctly summarize the disorder. And then...

General

7 Tips for Overcoming Anxiety

The other day I was in the dentist office. Within minutes of being placed in the chair, the hygienist’s gloved fingers were inside my mouth. There was an immediate emotional reaction of anxiety as I tried to divert my thoughts from biting her fingers. (Yes, even therapists have strange phobias.)

Fortunately, that same week a client presented with severe anxiety so the steps for overcoming an attack were in my mind. Here is what I did...

Coping Skills

13 Reasons Why People Abuse

Hands down, the number one question I get asked in therapy is “Why would they do this?” Mostly, this stems from a person who has been abused and is trying desperately to understand why their attacker is abusive. There are seven forms of abuse: verbal, mental, emotional, physical, sexual, financial, and spiritual. After a person realizes the full scope of their abuse, it is difficult to comprehend why someone would do it.

Please note that this...