Writings from Christine

8 Steps to Take after a School Shooting

by on May 29, 2018

Sadly, the state our nation is such that school shootings have become a regular part of news reports. And while each tragedy is unique in the details, victims, environment, and perpetrators, the common dominator is a desire to return to normal as soon as possible. These catastrophes often unite friends, families, communities, and causes. The… (more…)

The Difference between Panic, Manic, and Psychotic Attacks

by on May 29, 2018

At first, everything seemed fine for Tess. She was driving back from visiting her parents a few hours away. Suddenly a flood of intense emotions, pounding heart rate, difficulty breathing, and erratic thoughts overwhelmed her. She pulled the car over hoping to catch her breath but things got worse. Life became a distorted kaleidoscope, with… (more…)

13 Tips When Dealing with Difficult People

by on May 29, 2018

  Kim wished she could live on an island away from the constant badgering of difficult people in her life. Her grandmother would call her daily to disseminate the latest gossip on her family. Her brother was constantly comparing her success to his even though they did not share the same profession. Her boss was… (more…)

12 Ways to Get Rid of Insomnia

by on May 29, 2018

Beth thought she was losing it. She had a hard time concentrating at work, struggling with memory recall, frequently moody, short tempered, slow to make decisions, craving sugar and caffeine, and got into a couple of minor car accidents within the last few months. Her bizarre symptoms didn’t seem to add up to anything at… (more…)

7 Signs You Might Be Married to a Narcissist

by on February 27, 2018

“Is that what this is!” William exclaimed upon learning from a therapist that his wife had Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He came into the first therapy session with a written note from his wife to the therapist outlining all of his issues and the areas she wanted treatment for him. When the therapist redirected the conversation… (more…)

The Confusing Narcissistic Cycle of Abandonment and Return

by on February 27, 2018

“I never want to see you again,” Marie shouted to her husband as she slammed the door on the way out. Adam stood still wondering if she would immediately turn around as she had so many times before or if she would dramatically wait. Either way, he was no longer going to nervously run after… (more…)

7 Gifts of Borderline Personality Disorder

by on February 27, 2018

A diagnosis doesn’t have to be negative. The very thing that makes a person unique, special, different, and an individual might just fit within one of the diagnostic codes. A gift of music or a talent in sports is celebrated, but aren’t these also things the separate out people from the norm? By definition, a… (more…)

10 Ways to Improve Mental Functioning

by on February 27, 2018

Dolores recently lost her father to complications related to Alzheimer’s. Over the past ten years, she watched her dad deteriorate and become a shell of his former self. By the end, he did not know who she was, could not dress himself, and was on a soft food diet to minimize chocking. She grieved his… (more…)

Lame Excuses Used to Defend Abusive Behavior

by on February 27, 2018

Having grown up in an abusive family and now in a relationship with an abusive person, Bailey believed the lame excuses constantly dished out to her. Beaten down, confused, hazy, and exhausted, she sought out help from a therapist. At first, she could not comprehend that she was the victim of abuse. She thought abuse… (more…)

Males Can Be the Victims of Domestic Violence Too

by on February 27, 2018

William was ashamed and embarrassed. For years, he tolerated abuse from his wife yet he told no one. Knowing he would not strike back at her, she hit him, threw things at him, physically blocked him from leaving the room, and followed him when he did yelling insults. Sex was used as manipulation. If William… (more…)

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