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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

General

10 Strategies for Dealing with Your Narcissistic Ex

Charles thought that divorcing his narcissistic wife would end his frustrations. But it did not. Not too long after the divorce was finalized, his wife began acting like they were still married. Added to the confusion, she got intensely angry when he began dating and even undermined his prospects by contacting them. She claimed that she was only trying, “to make sure she was good enough for him and the kids,” but it created awkward...

Family

The Narcissistic Cycle of Abuse Among Siblings

As sisters, Nicole and Sofi grew up in a two-parent, middle class family. From the outside looking in, things appeared normal and healthy. But for Sofi, life was very difficult. Her sister bullied her, stole prized possessions, would lie and blame Sofi for things that went wrong, physically hit her, and destroyed some of Sofi’s things. Yet, Nicole seemed to charm their parents, constantly making Sofi out to look like the dangerous one.

Finally after Sofi...

Coping Skills

10 Signs of a Passive-Aggressive Person

Tess was immediately annoyed in the presence of her manager and she couldn’t understand why.

She normally got along with a wide-range of personalities, had no issue with authority, and was generally well-liked by most. But for some reason, every time she saw her manager, she wanted to run in the opposite direction.

Their conversations were strained. Tess would begin by talking about one thing and her manager would be dismissive and change the subject. While Tess...

Children & Teens

Have a Difficult Kid? Do These 7 Techniques

Maggie and James were involved parents. They participated in their kid’s school, coached a team or two, helped with homework, and knew the names of their kid’s friends. But for some reason, one of their three kids was constantly in trouble. The other two enjoyed a great reputation at their school but their sister was the exception. She spend hours in the principal’s office, got in fights, struggled to make friends, and was difficult to...

Coping Skills

30 Reasons Why People Lie

Rebecca is a middle school English teacher. Previously she worked in a local public school but was frustrated by number of daily lies from her students. Thinking the private school environment would be better, she switched. But what she found was even more creative lies that her students would tell her.

One day she decided to count the number of deceptions she heard. Much to her surprise, it wasn’t just the students who were deceitful but...

Children & Teens

Parent Checklist for ODD, IED, and ADD

The three disorders: opposition defiant disorder (ODD), intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) have some very similar characteristics. Yet they also have some defining differences. As a parent, in might be hard to know if some of the behaviors you are seeing in your child are an indication of one of these disorders.

While it is very important to get an official diagnosis from a licensed therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, knowing that your...

Coping Skills

The Silent Treatment: The Subtle Art of Abuse

Margo knew she messed up but she wasn’t sure how. Her husband’s complete silence towards her over the last few days was a signal that she made some sort of mistake. The problem was, according to him, she made daily errors in judgement, so she was completely in the dark.

Did she drink too much at her husband’s office party and say something embarrassing? Or perhaps he is upset over the new pile on the kitchen...

Exhaustion

Parent’s Call to Action: Enough Terror in Schools

At a local high school in Florida, a fire alarm was pulled by a student. This is the second time since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that the fire alarm at this school was activated. Since nearly all the students, teachers, and staff know that the Parkland shootings began with a fire alarm being pulled, the fear is high. Many students chose not to leave the building and instead hid in closets and barricaded...

Coping Skills

How the Narcissistic Trauma Bond Ensnares

Katrina couldn’t believe how her friend was treating her husband at dinner. She was demanding, controlling, domineering, belittling, unrelenting, sarcastic, and unnecessarily rude. For some time now, Katrina suspected that her friend was narcissistic and after the evening they spent together, she was even more convinced.

Feeling bad for her friend’s husband, she gently confronted him letting him know that she did not agree with her friend’s treatment of him. Much to her surprise, the husband...

Coping Skills

How a Narcissist Treats a Chronically Ill Spouse

Kathy woke-up startled to hear her phone ring so at 5 am. She was in her second semester of college and was busy with school and work. It was her narcissistic dad calling her, which he hadn’t done since she left home, so she was immediately on high alert.

He skipped any niceties and immediately started with what a terrible daughter she was. He explained that her mother was sick and it was all her fault....