The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

Coping Skills

Road to Recovery from Narcissistic Parenting

Ida realized her mother was a narcissist in her early 20’s. But what she didn’t expect was the developmental impact on her childhood. Normally, a child is given the freedom to explore and express their individuality so they can develop into a confident and well-balanced adult. This nurturing environment prioritizes the needs of the child over the parent without overindulgence. But this did not happen for Ida.

Instead, Ida way hypersensitive to what other people might...

Coping Skills

55 Common Abusive Remarks

Ever wondered what abuse sounds like? What do abusers say to their victims to get them to acquiesce? Some of the statements listed below might even sound acceptable in certain environments, but they are not. Abusive behavior is pervasive and without awareness, it will continue.

There are seven major types of abuse.

Physical abuse is intimidation, isolation, restraint, aggression, and endangerment.
Mental abuse is gaslighting, silence, manipulation, and victimization.
Verbal abuse is screaming, bullying, name calling,...

Coping Skills

Why I hate Alzheimer’s

To say I hate a disorder as a therapist is a big deal for me. I specialize in personality disorders and have found beauty and giftedness where most see dysfunction. I don’t hate any other disorder, even the ones that tend to be destructive. But Alzheimer’s is different. A personality disorder can be understood and even managed. But Alzheimer’s cannot.

Alzheimer’s comes like a thief in the night. Except it keeps returning at random times during...

Coping Skills

9 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

When Bryan first met his girlfriend, he was smitten. She was charming, helpful, generous, kind, and interesting. She would laugh at his lame jokes, tell him how smart he was, was adventurous, and actively sought ways to spend time together. Naturally, Bryan overlooked some of the more concerning behaviors that his friends pointed out.

His friends told him that she was one person with him and an entirely different one when he was not around. Behind...


9 Patterns of a Dangerous Person

Have you ever been around someone and immediately felt uncomfortable? Almost as if they could see right through you? But then, within minutes, the person has disarmed you and despite the initial feeling of discomfort, you engage with them. Bit by bit they seem to know exactly what needs to be said or done to tear your wall down. So, you let them in, telling yourself that there is nothing wrong.

Dangerous people have this ability....

Coping Skills

9 Common Tactics of Stressed Out Abusive People

Sally was on high alert. Her husband called earlier in the day to let her know that he lost a large account at work. While he seemed flip about it then, she was preparing herself for a meltdown later that night. In anticipation of his arrival, she got the kids ready for bed, fed them, helped them with their homework, and let them watch a movie upstairs. She frantically straightened up the house, made dinner...

Children & Teens

7 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Your Narcissistic Ex

Sabrina was at her wit's end. Her narcissistic ex-husband hit an all-time low. During their marriage, she was the target for his angry rants, verbal assaults, gaslighting, and guilt-tripping. But now his attacks seemed to center around just one of their two kids. Unfortunately, it was their ten-year-old child who most resembled Sabrina’s personality that was his new target. Their twelve-year-old child seemed to escape his scrutiny despite the recent in-school suspension and two failing...

Coping Skills

The Addiction of Narcissism

It wasn’t until counseling that Tim realized he was married to a narcissist. Again. And unfortunately, again. The narcissism in his first wife was obvious. Her obsession with power and control of his life and money alienated her from their kids. His second wife was so preoccupied with her appearance that he lost track with the number of plastic surgeries she had. And wife number three was on a six-month silent treatment streak with him.


Coping Skills

7 Steps for Reducing Decision Fatigue

After a ten-hour intense divorce meditation, Brian was exhausted and frustrated that only one aspect of the divorce agreement was resolved. As an attorney and mediator for over 20 years, usually, he was able to accomplish more.  But this couple spent hours bickering over minute issues and refused to listen to reason. Relieved to be finally headed home, he barely remembered driving.

His teenage daughter approached him first saying that she “had to” have a motorized...

Children & Teens

Is Video Game Addiction Real?

Joey admitted that he lost interest in his favorite sport. Already a state champion with prospects to be a national star, each day he didn’t practice he was throwing away that possibility. His work also suffered. Where he once thrived and was revered for his hard work, he now was barely keeping it together and on the verge of failure. His relationships deteriorated as well. He lost friendships and was at odds with the people...