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  • The Mind/Body Connection
    November 20, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    The Mind/Body Connection

    When I was young our family used to love to go to Katepwa Lake for holidays. My uncle had a beautiful boat with a sixty-horsepower motor and all my cousins enjoyed water skiing behind it. The problem was that no...

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  • Responding To Trouble
    July 9, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Responding To Trouble

    I find it so interesting that different people can have exactly the same things happen to them but each will respond in a different manner. One person might get drunk. Another might attempt suicide. A third could seek professional help....

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  • But What If…?
    July 2, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    But What If…?

    Over the past few weeks, the world has been experiencing a pandemic which has stolen almost everything that we previously called “Normal”.   No one seems to understand the virus and we are certainly getting very mixed messages from sources that...

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  • Things to Ponder
    April 26, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Things to Ponder

    The pandemic can be difficult to navigate and if we aren't careful, we might find that we are developing an anxiety disorder. It is very important that you not only remain physically healthy but also enjoy good mental health so...

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  • Be Your Own Health Care Professional
    August 7, 2016 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Be Your Own Health Care Professional

    I grew up in an age when rural Saskatchewan doctors made house calls. They also did hospital rounds and ran a clinic. They usually knew their patients well because they delivered many of them. Lab work and x-rays were done...

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  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    April 5, 2016 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    When I was growing up I remember hearing people talk about soldiers who had gone off to war and then come home with problems. They used the term "shell shock" to describe this condition of extremely negative symptoms that included...

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  • Suicide Risk
    May 10, 2015 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Suicide Risk

    According to Alberta Health Services, this province has a higher rate of suicide than the national average. In fact, suicide is a leading cause of death in Alberta surpassing motor vehicle collisions, AIDs and homicides. Most people don't have a...

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  • Why A Psychologist?
    May 5, 2015 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Why A Psychologist?

    I have seen over 7,000 clients in the past few years. They do not all live in Medicine Hat. In fact, many travel long distances for their appointments. You might be wondering why people seek the services of a Registered...

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  • How Are You?
    December 17, 2014 Dr. Linda Hancock

    How Are You?

    I am often surprised by how many people avoid being around others because they don't know how to answer the question "How Are You?" Some people who have been ill or on a medical leave really don't know how to...

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  • The Personality Disorders
    August 3, 2014 Dr. Linda Hancock

    The Personality Disorders

    Have you ever met someone who seems to have thinking patterns that are distorted, emotional responses that are problematic, lack of impulse control and interpersonal difficulties? Although it I important not to try to diagnose this person, it is a...

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  • How Are You?
    September 16, 2013 Dr. Linda Hancock

    How Are You?

    So often people ask, "How are you?" and we automatically reply "Fine" when we really don't mean it. It has become such a habit that we aren't really being honest about our situation. Well, often people ask us as a...

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  • Is Your Perception Accurate?
    September 6, 2013 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Is Your Perception Accurate?

    My younger sister has had Multiple Sclerosis for about three decades. Her health has declined so that she has been in a wheelchair for the past eleven years. In August she was airlifted to ICU because of a seizure that...

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