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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

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How to Reduce Pre-Hurricane Stress (PHS)


As Hurricane Dorian heads for the Florida shore with an anticipated category 4 center winds of 130-156 miles per hour, anxiety builds in residents. Forecasting the track of the storm is unfortunately not an exact science which only adds to the increased pressure in the air. The whole state is on alert, waiting to see where and when the storm will hit.

The topic of conversation at check-out aisles in overly crowded grocery stores is which...

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What to Do When Narcissism Turns Dangerous


Amy believed that her troubles were over after a lengthy divorce from her narcissistic husband. The moment the papers were signed by the judge, she felt free, finally, from his tyranny in her life. But from her narcissistic ex’s perspective, things were just getting heated.

The last several years during the divorce were hell. She endured no financial assistance and lived on food stamps. She tried to get a job but he would block her attempts....

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What to Do When Parental Alienation Leads to Estrangement


Shortly after Jonathan’s divorce was finalized, he lost his job. Worried that he would not be able to maintain the alimony and child support payments, he reluctantly took a job four hours away. The timing couldn’t have been any worse.

His ex-wife already blamed him for the problems in their marriage, the intensifying tension in the home, and the unnecessary verbal demands and threats. Yet she said that she wanted the marriage to work but then...

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9 Signs Someone at Work Has a Personality Disorder


Ever since Sue started work at the firm, everyone seemed more on edge, even the janitorial staff took cover when they saw her coming. Just her presence added a layer of intensity that wasn’t necessary. Co-workers paused when Sue entered the room as if waiting for an expectant hostile remark and then preparing to take cover. The tension at the firm was so thick, it could be cut with a knife.

Sue was told about her...

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How to Counteract Parental Alienation


Since writing an article about parental alienation (What Parental Alienation Is and Is Not), several readers have asked for a follow-up article on how to prevent to minimize the damage of any alienation they have experienced. While others have said that parental alienation doesn’t happen, that it is pop-psychology, and it is not real.

I do agree that parental alienation is not a diagnosable disorder yet. However, to say that it doesn’t...

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How to Stop Abusive Thoughts and Emotions


The verbal and mental abuse that Matt experienced during his 15 years of marriage was extreme. His wife would yell calling him names and then ignore him for weeks. She badgered him constantly, lied to him about what happened, manipulated the finances, and alienated him from his kids. The last straw was when one of his kids started treating him the same way his wife did. He asked for a divorce.

After a lengthy and equally...

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What is Medical Abuse?


After her car accident, Gretchen was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. The timing of the accident could not have happened at a worse time. Gretchen was newly divorced and trying to find employment while still suffering from a chronic illness. She poured her whole life into her family and kids, but everything changed. Now, her teenage kids were trying to adjust to living in two houses while still hurt by...

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The Forgotten: Elder Abuse


Sue returned to her mom’s home after lived overseas for several years. When she walked in the door, she was shocked by the condition of her mother and her home. Her sister said that she was caring for their mother, even complaining about how exhausted she was from cleaning, taking their mom to the doctor, and managing the bills. But another contrary story was coming into view.

Her mom had bruises all over her body, she...

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What is Covert Borderline Personality Disorder?


Brenda was having excessive panic attacks. The attacks were intense, erratic, and debilitating. They lasted anywhere from brief seconds to a longer incredulous 30 minutes. Worse yet, they came out of nowhere with unknown causes or triggers which kept her from fully functioning at home, work, and socially. She was embarrassed, ashamed, and defeated by the attacks. A normally social person, Brenda found herself withdrawing from the people and things she loved the most as...

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11 Ways to Get Stuck in Victim Mentality


It was ironic that Rob was stuck in the victim mentality. He didn’t meet the typical profile of a victim. He was educated, had a family, and successful career in helping others, of all things. But lately, his marriage started falling apart, his kids were not responding to him, his friends were few and far apart, and he was burnt out from his vocation. The stress he was experiencing was overwhelming and he went to...