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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Children & Teens

Impact of a Narcissist Parent on a Child

The child and the narcissist seem like polar opposites. The narcissistic parent is typically insensitive and uncaring towards the needs of others. By contrast, their child seems overly compassionate, caring, and highly attuned (almost to the point of compulsion) to the needs of others.  The child fails to see anything wrong with their narcissistic parent and believes the parent to be near perfect.  Gratitude and praise flow off the child’s lips which is a...

Family

10 Reasons Why People Won’t Move On After Divorce

Divorce is hard. No healthy person enters into a marriage for the sole purpose of getting a divorce. Marriage is designed to be a long-term loving commitment between two people. But each person brings baggage into the marriage which can cause one or both spouses to act out inappropriately. Prolonged, unrepentant damage often leads to divorce.

Once the papers are signed, some people still refuse to move on healthily. Instead, they cling to their ex-spouse...

Children & Teens

How to Explain Death to a Child

One of the hardest realities to explain to a child is death. Especially when it is the death of a parent, sibling, beloved grandparent, close friend or even a favorite pet.  Parents generally try to protect their child from things that might harm or from things that are too difficult to understand. But unfortunately sometimes this is not possible.  When faced with this reality here are some ideas to keep in mind.

Don’t lie.  Whatever...

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...