The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC


Are You Trapped with a Narcissist?

Shortly after their marriage, Jack became aware of the narcissism in his wife. At first, he thought it was immaturity but after their child was born, things escalated. Unable to fully attach onto their child, she became more demanding and self-absorbed. There were times when life seemed to be a series of competition over who would get more of Jack’s attention, his wife or his child.

When Jack paid attention to their child, his wife would...


Do You Have Secondary Traumatic Stress from the Coronavirus?

Everyone is suffering from Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) with all of the continuous news reports, cancelation of schools, events, and employment, personal experiences from the quarantined, FB updates from family and friends in quarantined countries, and inability to get cleaning supplies or toilet paper.

While the threat of the virus is real, the anxiety that it has created is excessive. There is an undercurrent of stress, anxiety, frustration, shock, horror, helplessness, and disbelief of what has...


6 Ways a ‘Silent Treatment’ Is Abusive

Matt knew he messed up but he wasn’t sure how. His wife’s complete silence towards him over the last few days was a signal that he made some sort of mistake. The problem was, according to his wife, Matt made daily errors in judgment, so he was completely in the dark.

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


What is Gaslighting?

A man obsessed with stealing valuable jewels murders one woman and attempts to drive the other one (his wife) crazy. His single-mindedness, driven by selfish motives, caused him to deceive and manipulate in order to obtain what he wanted regardless of the cost to others. Bit by bit, he torments his wife until she believes that she is losing her mind. She believes that she is going crazy. Fortunately, he is discovered just before he...


17 Deceptive Excuses for Abusive Behavior

Having grown up in an abusive family and now in a relationship with an abusive wife, Bradon believed the excuses constantly dished out to him by his abusive mother and wife. Beaten down, confused, hazy, and exhausted, he sought out help from a therapist. At first, he could not comprehend that he was the victim of abuse. He believed the lies that he was to blame. He thought abuse was only physical. But then Brandon...


9 Ways to Improve Emotional Health

It doesn’t take much for Peter to have an emotional reaction. Most of the time, his family believed that he was overreacting. Commercials would make him cry, he would become angry over burnt toast, road rage was common, and panic attacks looked like heart attacks. After extensive physical examinations, his physician suggested that the problem might be psychological.

By contrast, Margaret wasn’t having any emotional reactions. Nothing seemed to phase her to the point that she...


11 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Dorothy recently lost her father to complications related to Alzheimer’s. Over the past ten years, she watched her dad deteriorate and become a shell of his former self. By the end, he did not know who she was, could not dress himself, and was on a soft food diet to minimize chocking. She grieved his loss with every decline and now that he was at peace, Dorothy decided it was time to take care of...


Am I Becoming a Narcissist?

Alice woke up crying. The reality of a previous night of fighting, slamming doors, and breaking plates came into full view. The house was a mess, her husband of eight years was gone, and she felt as broken as the plates. She could hardly recognize herself anymore. In the middle of the screaming last night, amidst the vulgar names her husband called her, he said she was a narcissist. Could it be true? Could he...


Are You In A Toxic Relationship?

The phrase “toxic relationship” is thrown around quite a bit in popular media. But what really defines a toxic relationship? Toxic can be anything from an unhealthy to downright deadly. But it can be difficult when things are going well in a relationship to see some of the warning signs of toxicity. Frequently, what is overlooked in exchange for attention, affection, excitement, and the hope of commitment can sometimes be more harmful than good.

Sadly, there...


Should I Stay Or Go?

David wondered if it was time for his relationship with Stephanie to end. In the beginning, things were great, and he thought that he found the love of his life. She was charming, helpful, generous, and gentle. But as time passed, new problems emerged. The ease of their relationship was now tumultuous.

The excitement and intensity of the relationship made it easy to overlook Stephanie’s temper. She explained that she had a previous abusive relationship and...