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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

General

Understanding Dependent Personality Disorder

The word “dependent” is the perfect descriptive word to summarize Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD).  DPDs need other people for all areas of emotional support and affirmation. Frequently, they are reliant on one particular person such as a spouse, parent, or adult child.  Often, their dependence is in direct contrast to the other person who is usually very independent.

So what is DPD?  Here is the technical definition according to the DSM-V:

A pervasive and excessive need...

General

Understanding Avoidant Personality Disorder

In a social media rich environment where a person is frequently overexposed, those with Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD) are a welcome change. APD pretty much sums up the disorder in one name.  In nearly every environment of family, work, or community involvement, APDs avoid social interaction.  Think of a recluse, hermit, outsider, lone wolf, or loner who likes being that way and in fact prefers to live that way and that is your...

General

10 Signs of a Depressed Marriage

A depressed marriage? What is that?

Just like people can become depressed over the loss of someone they love, the economy or a real estate financial crisis, so too can a marriage suffer from depression.

Depression in marriage, however, does not mean that it is over. Rather, it is a low period in a series of highs and lows which occur in every marriage. Here are some signs of a depressed marriage:

Difficulty making even minor...

General

7 Ways a Boss Can Be Abusive

Usually, abusive behavior is discussed in the context of a marriage and parent/child relationships. But in reality, it can exist anywhere, even in a work environment. Many larger corporations address obvious abuse such as hitting or screaming though their human resource departments. Yet few businesses acknowledge the more subtle methods of abuse some bosses employ. Here are the seven ways bosses can be abusive:

Physical. Their posture is an aggressive stance or intimidating stare....

General

7 Steps to Conflict Resolution in a Marriage


Some marriage conflicts never seem to be resolved. This situation leaves couples arguing about the same thing over and over again. But things do not have to be this way. Most conflicts can be resolved if a consistent process is followed.

While these steps may seem time consuming at first, in the end they are saving countless hours of exhausting arguing and avoiding. In addition, allowing an issue to go unaddressed causes it to eventually...

Children & Teens

How To Know If A Teen Is In Trouble

From a developmental point of view, teenagers should act differently from their child-like self. This is the time to try on new roles, explore various passions, be adventurous and expand their critical thinking skills. They naturally move away from parental influence and begin to value peer opinions in an effort to form their own perspective. This process is essential to developing a healthy adult who makes decisions, utilizes their talents, and is comfortable with their...

Stress

How to Know If Someone Is Lying

One of the more useful techniques to develop is a basic understanding of discerning liars. While no too look the same, there are some general identification features. Some of which are utilized on lie detector tests. However, with every rule there is an exception. This methodology is not useful when dealing with pathological liars such as sociopaths, psychopaths or anti-social personality disorders.

What exactly is a lie? It is a false statement made by a person...

Stress

Distorted Thinking Patterns Victims Adopt from Their Abuser

Image by Henrietta Harris

One of the many consequences of abusive behavior is a change in the victim’s thinking patterns. After years of badgering, the victim finally adopts the abuser’s distorted reasoning. In many cases, the victim does not become an abuser. Rather, as they attempt to minimize further abuse, their survivor instincts take over in anticipation of the next attack and they begin to think like their abuser.

For a...

Exhaustion

Healthy and Unhealthy Expressions of Anger

Anger is expressed in one of four ways. Three out of the four types are unhealthy manifestations: aggressive, passive-aggressive and suppressive.  While only one, assertive is healthy. Most people remain consistently in one or two categories depending on the circumstances. For instance, a person might be aggressive at home (because they are more comfortable) but suppressive at work (because aggression is not tolerated).

The goal of anger management is to move a person from unhealthy expressions...

Exhaustion

Ten Tips for Victims of Sociopathic Behavior

It is apparent that something is out of sorts. At first the person who was extremely charming, almost too good to be real has now become intimidating, demanding and even threatening.  The pathological lying over trivial matters, even when caught, can no longer be ignored.  They are unreliable, unrelenting, irresponsible, disruptive, outrageous, traumatizing, insincere, unrepentant, lawless, and shameless. It appears they are sociopathic.

What can be done? Here are ten tips for the victims...