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The Exhausted Woman
with Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC

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What is Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?


Kelly Gant, a Colorado mother, was charged with 13 criminal counts for the 2017 death of her 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. Olivia was a Make-a-Wish recipient in which she was dressed up as a “Bat Princess” so she could rescue Disney princesses from their villains. Her mother claimed that Olivia had a terminal illness that attacked her body’s vital organs.

After several treatments, Olivia was placed in hospice and died. It is now suspected that Kelly has...

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What is Munchausen Syndrome?


Bill’s medical doctor sent him into counseling after several test results verified that his pain was not physical. Over the course of several sessions, Bill’s therapist began to discover the underlying reason for his pain. He has accumulated grief in several parts of his body. As a child, Bill was told that he could not express any hurt, pain, frustration, sadness, or anger. So, Bill stuffed his emotions which resulted in intense pain as he...

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Is Your Spouse Constantly Lonely?


Ann regularly told her husband, Andrew, “I feel all alone in this world (within our family, at my job, or in our neighborhood).” At the beginning of their marriage, Andrew erroneously believed that he could fill that void in her life and went to great lengths to demonstrate that Ann was not alone. However, she would have only temporary relief at best and in most cases, his efforts were never enough to stop the comments. ...

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My Spouse is a Narcissist, Now What?


After reading several articles on narcissism, Kaitlyn realized that her husband was one. She knew that something was off for years but couldn’t put her finger on it. She fell in love immediately with him and within months, they were married. She thought she met the perfect person, he was charming, attentive, and sensitive. But shortly after the marriage, things changed.

It seemed like overnight he went from charming to demanding, attentive to dismissive, and sensitive...

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How to Talk to a Person Who Has Been Raped


The numerous sexual assault cases that stemmed from the MeToo movement has reignited old stereotypes about rape and abuse. Some new acquaintances of mine, who were unaware of my vocation, commented on their dissatisfaction with the outing of several public figures. Rather than argue my position, I chose to listen to a barrage of ignorance and blame casing. After all, my primary job is to listen and begin from a place of understanding. However, even...

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29 Manipulative Text Messages


Bill was frustrated. The more he tried to converse via text with his ex-wife and kids, the worse things got. He was advised to utilize text messages rather than verbal communication to have a record of what was agreed upon, clear up any confusion, and minimize the verbal assaults. However, his ex-wife found a way to manipulate him through text messages. Worse yet, she taught her kids the same tactics.

Abuse comes in many forms. The...

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5 Ways to Avoid Being Someone’s Scapegoat


Jerome came into his counseling session angry. The position at work that he worked so hard to obtain was now in jeopardy. He couldn’t understand how this happened so quickly. One day he seemed to be everyone’s favorite new employee and the next day he was an outcast. But as he began to recount his story, a few things became clear.

His new boss was so charming in the beginning that he wondered why others had...

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7 Things to Do When Afraid of Your Ex


It had been years since Susan heard from her ex-husband. He would send the occasional random text message with some type of mime or joke, but nothing of substance until today. Today’s remarks came across brash and accusatory. He demanded a face-to-face meeting with Susan and made a threatening remark if she refused.

Puzzled by his sudden verbal attack, Susan anxiously began rehashing the last several weeks and questioning her responses. But what she failed to...

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The Rules of Living in a Narcissistic Family


Every family has unspoken rules like: don’t wake mom when she is taking a nap, no matter what it tastes like say dad’s cooking is good, or always clean before grandma comes to the house. These guidelines are followed without question to keep the family running smoothly.

However, when a narcissist is added to the mix, the rules take on more intensity. The consequences for not following the guidelines are severe such as giving a person...

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The 7 Main Types of Abuse


Most state protective services constitute abuse to be neglect, sexual, or physical. But a bruise should not be a requirement for proof of abusive behavior. There are many other ways a person can be abused. Abuse can be manipulation, exploitation, maltreatment, neglect, violence, cruelty, harm, hurt, ill-treatment, and exploitive. The seven ways it is manifested is through physical, mental, verbal, emotional, financial, sexual and spiritual. The following list is not inclusive but rather provides an...