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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Exhaustion

Walking thru Situational Depression

Not all depressions are created equal. Some depressions are major, chemical, hormonal, cyclical, seasonal, chronic, psychotic, persistent, or medical with each having a level from mild to severe/suicidal. But another common type of depression is situational, better known in counseling as adjustment disorder with depressed mood.

Adjustment disorder happens when a change in lifestyle, loss or circumstance creates short-term stress, anywhere from days to months. This is sometimes compounded with feelings of hopelessness, tearfulness, and loss...

Coping Skills

Understanding Mental Abuse: Gaslighting

Mental abuse is difficult to assess. Unlike physical abuse where there are visible marks, mental abuse leaves no marks but its effect is just as damaging. One of the tactics of mental abuse is a term coined gaslighting. Understanding this scheme better can help prevent more victims and heal those who have already been victimized.

History: The term gaslighting originates from a 1944 movie called Gas Light. In the movie, the husband convinces his...

Exhaustion

21 Ways to Beat Exhaustion

Are your clients exhausted from doing too many things at once? Some research suggests that multi-tasking is impossible — when done, a person is actually giving only partial attention to many things. With all the advances in technology, it seems that life doesn’t stop long enough to give full attention to anything. Many find they are exhausted not just in the physical sense, but deep inside to the bone.

What can be done? A mental...

General

Do You Work with a Sociopath?

At first glance, a sociopath may be difficult to identify at work. They generally don’t draw attention because they have no internal need to socialize or interact with co-workers unless there is something to be gained from the experience. When they choose to intermingle, they present as charming, intelligent, balanced, sexy, and yet seemingly harmless. But this is a front.

Sociopaths are often confused with narcissists and psychopaths but they are very different. A...

Children & Teens

Parenting Tips for Difficult Kids

Your client has read the parenting books, implemented the ideas, and tried new techniques but nothing seems to work. The siblings of the difficult child benefited from intentional parenting, but not the one it was intended to help. In fact, that child is getting worse and the parent’s exhaustion level is through the roof. The child was diagnosed with ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), which explained the behavior but did not assist with parenting.

For the...

Work

Do You Work with a Narcissist?

 Perhaps the best portrayal of a narcissistic boss is Meryl Streep in her film role as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). The fear and intimidation she exudes in her employees is a classic example of narcissism. While watching it on the screen may be entertaining, it is not that way when you work for one.

Narcissism at work is another whole level of exhaustion. There is...

Stress

How Fear Fuels Obsession


Do you have clients caught in a repetitive trap resulting in feelings of helplessness, frustration and discouragement?  Is their careful and cautious behavior perceived by others as obsessive? Does it repel others instead of drawing them closer?  Certain emotions such as fear can add fuel to an obsessive cycle causing an out of control feeling.

It begins with a painful event: abuse by a relative, abandonment by a friend or rejection from a job.  Each of these...

Work

Do You Work with a Psychopath?

There really isn’t any job a psychopath wouldn’t do so long as it benefits them in some way. Psychopaths can be business owners, surgeons, lawyers, data entry clerks, waste managers, salesmen, politicians, waiters, and even therapists. They don’t have to be serial killers or mob bosses to be a psychopath.

The term psychopath is over used in our culture and has come to mean something that it doesn’t. Episodes of Criminal Minds highlight the...

Coping Skills

How Anger Fuels Addictive Behavior

Are your clients caught in a downward addiction spiral causing helplessness and frustration?  While there are many reasons for addictive behavior, certain emotions such as anger can fuel the addictive cycle. This in turn increases the intensity of the emotion and amplifies distructive behavior resulting in an out of control moment.

Here are some examples. It starts with a painful event such as the loss of a job, the betrayal of a close friend or...

Children & Teens

Why Teenagers Can Be Exhausting

Beginning at age twelve, a tween (age ten to twelve) develops critical thinking skills. This shift literally transforms a child’s mind from being receptive to others’ opinions into an adult mind that constantly questions opinions and facts. Gone are the days a child just believes what is said. Now begins the jouney of conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information using observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.

The goal is to help a child develop these skills, not...