The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Coping Skills

The Secret Lie of Narcissism

Beneath all of that bravado and charm lies a hidden secret the narcissist doesn’t want you to find. They will do anything to protect their secret from you.

They might lie about it.  Or they might divert your attention with an innovative story. Or they might project their secret onto you. Come close to figuring it out and the result is warfare for control.

Narcissists will use all types of abuse to dominate. They use verbal (...

Coping Skills

What is Senior Abuse?

At 72 years old, Susan came into therapy for the first time at the insistence of her daughter. For nearly a decade, Susan’s son had been living with her and living off her limited social security income. Her son was capable of getting a job but had difficulty maintaining employment. After a visit to Susan’s house, her daughter became afraid that their might be some other abusive behavior.

Susan insisted that this was not the case,...


Difference between a Highly Sensitive Person and Borderline Personality Disorder

Dan came into his therapist’s office convinced his wife had Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). After reading several articles and blogs on the internet, he diagnosed her erratic behavior, heightened sensitivity, occasional outbursts, and mood swings as evidence of BPD. He desperately wanted the therapist to affirm his analysis, confront his wife and “make her better”.

Having met his wife already, the therapist was not convinced of his perspective. But because he was so insistent, the therapist...

Coping Skills

How to Survive a Divorce with a Narcissist

After 15 years of marriage to her narcissistic husband, Jane finally asked for a divorce. They had been growing apart for the last 10 years and neither of them could have a simple conversation without it escalating into verbal assaults. Since her husband had mentioned divorce several times, Jane thought the process would be simple. But it wasn’t.

The further the divorce progressed, the more insane things became. Jane had witnessed her husband transform from yelling...


The 3 Main Types of Exhaustion

“I’m so exhausted,” Stephanie said as she sat down on her therapist’s couch. “I can’t seem to get a grip on my life.” As she began to recount the events over the past few days, her exhaustion was pervasive at work and home. She overreacted to a missed appointment with threats of firing her assistant. She nearly drove another car off the interstate after being cut-off earlier. And she forgot about her daughter’s dance recital....

Coping Skills

A Narcissist’s Hidden Shame

Angela and Neal had been married for ten years when the truth about her past started to surface. Neal thought she came to the United States to get better life from her country of origin, Serbia. She told him stories of living on the streets, being physically abused by family members, and a chaotic nation with no hope for a healthy future. He believed her without ever checking her facts or even meeting any of...

Coping Skills

Loneliness: A Constant Battle Seen with Personality Disorders

John regularly told his wife, Jane, “I feel all alone in this world (within our family, at my job, or in our neighborhood).” At the beginning of their marriage, Jane erroneously believed that she could fill that void in his life and went to great lengths to demonstrate that John was not alone. However, he would have only temporary relief at best and in most cases, her efforts were never enough to stop the comments. ...

Children & Teens

Florida Teachers: Beware of Post-Hurricane Stress in Students

After being closed for over a week due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, some Florida schools are attempting to return to normal operations. While the schools may be fully-functional, the teachers and students might not be. Educators should be properly equipped to handle basic first-aid for mental health care as many students will be in need of assistance. Here are a few potential problems that may happen in the classroom and some possible...


Hurricane Survivor Reveal: What Are You Made Of?

Hurricane Irma tore though Florida five to seven days ago, depending on where a person lived. Since then, in the Orlando area alone, there are still nearly ½ million people, businesses and schools without power, even more without any internet service, and countless others without land-line phone service. Some businesses are fully operational while others are partially or completely shut-down.

Our local coffee store still has no dairy products which means no lattes. A neighborhood restaurant...

Coping Skills

Post-Hurricane Stress Recovery

The real devastation and triumph of Hurricane Irma lies in the personal stories of loss and survival. While the extent of the catastrophic property damage in the State of Florida is just now coming to light, the people of Florida have rallied around each other in simple acts of kindness.

Since this was the largest evaluation in the United States history, many Floridians down south headed for northern or central parts of the state unaware that...