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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Adjustment Disorder
    September 6, 2013 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Adjustment Disorder

    A few years ago I was in Seattle and was surprised to learn that the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks which were built in 1911 are second largest in size after the Panama Cannel. These nicknamed "Ballard Locks" provide a link...

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  • Dealing with Crisis
    July 27, 2013 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Dealing with Crisis

    It was five in the morning and thankfully I had received lots of rest on the weekend. A message flashed on my computer screen and I learned that my sister had been airlifted to ICU in Regina. Within minutes my...

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  • Is Your Diagnosis Accurate, a Problem or a Result?
    December 16, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Is Your Diagnosis Accurate, a Problem or a Result?

    Life can be confusing and complex. Sometimes I have clients begin therapy with me after they have been given a diagnosis for a mental illness. They do not always believe or understand the way that this diagnosis was determined or...

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  • Having ADHD Can Be a Good Thing!
    November 23, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Having ADHD Can Be a Good Thing!

    Place the palm of your hand over your forehead. The area behind the palm is the frontal lobe of your brain. It houses executive function which is similar to the principal of a school setting the direction for the body...

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  • What is Asperger's Disorder?
    November 23, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    What is Asperger's Disorder?

    Autism and Asperger's Disorder are both classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association as Pervasive Development Disorders. Asperger's Disorder causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The criteria for...

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  • Label Or Diagnosis?
    November 23, 2008 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Label Or Diagnosis?

    Frequently I hear individuals state that they do not like to see people being "labeled" with a diagnosis. I find this a little difficult to understand as I like to be able to name the problems in my life before...

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