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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Family

The Best of Moms

There is a lot of talk about dysfunctional moms: those who harm their children, fail to parent, or even over parent. But not so much attention is paid to those moms who are excellent. Some are capable by instinct, others have good modeling from other moms, and others learn from the mistakes of others.

These moms pay attention to the developmental stages of their children and mold their parenting to meet their child’s needs. They successfully...

Coping Skills

5 Environments that Distinguish Narcissists from Borderlines

There is a lot of crossover between Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). They share some of the same characteristics yet the underlying needs and motivations are extremely different. For a person unfamiliar with the subtitles, this can be quite confusing.

Without an accurate understanding of the two, it is easy to misinterpret their behaviors and make a situation worse. Fortunately, NPDs and BPDs want to be...

Exhaustion

The Basics of Borderline Personality Disorder

A person with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has an intense fear of abandonment, demonstrates dangerous and impulsive behaviors, has unstable personal relationships, and experiences extreme emotions. They can have severe depression, anger, anxiety or rage followed by substance abuse and self-harming behaviors. Yet, they can be the most passionate loving people who are highly sensitive to their moods and the moods of others.

Unfortunately there are some basic misperceptions about BPD which contribute to misinformation and...

Exhaustion

The Confusion of the Millennial Narcissist

It’s a toss-up between who is more confused: millennials because the world does not work the way they envision it should or other generations because they don’t understand how Millennials think. All of the extra attention, special treatment, and emotional support that parents gave their kids have not resulted in a more productive generation but rather one that seems apathetic. This is why the subtext to the title of millennial is often the most narcissistic...

Exhaustion

How to Recover after a Narcissistic Relationship

One of the defining characteristics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a lack of accurate perception of reality. The narcissist sees the world through a self-absorbed lens in which they are the stars and others are there to support and serve them. Those attracted to the narcissist are dazzled by the superficial self-confidence, convincing opinions, charming personality, and shocking persistence.  The non-narcissist frequently abandons their personal beliefs, standards, morals, and values in exchange for peace within...

General

10 Commandments of Conversation

I stopped by a home improvement store this morning to pick up a few things for an after work project. Unable to find what I needed, a sales associate guided me to the right place and assisted in selecting the needed products. A casual comment led to an enlightening and engaging conversation with the salesperson who has led an amazing life. The discussion lasted for about fifteen minutes and I left feeling privileged to have...

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...