All posts by Christine Hammond

The Forgotten: Elder Abuse

by on August 10, 2019

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,… (more…)

What is Medical Abuse?

by on August 10, 2019

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,… (more…)

What is Covert Borderline Personality Disorder?

by on August 9, 2019

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… (more…)

11 Ways to Get Stuck in Victim Mentality

by on August 3, 2019

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… (more…)

The Unfortunate Connection Between Lyme Disease and Mental Illness

by on August 1, 2019

Carol has been a patient of mine for over five years. We have walked through some of the most difficult times in her life as she dealt with her failing marriage and then divorce, a move, significant career changes, undiagnosed medical issues, and co-parenting teenagers. Yet during our discussions, there was an undercurrent of, “I… (more…)

9 Ways to Manage an Anxious Person

by on July 27, 2019

Veronica was looking forward to coming home, having a glass of wine, and watching the latest episode of her current binge. Work was particularly difficult today with two key employees on vacation, an extra crisis project, and a demanding client. She called home to let her husband and kids know that all she wanted to… (more…)

7 Indicators of a Narcissistic Friend

by on July 26, 2019

Dawn ran into the grocery store to grab a few things after a long day of work when she bumped into a friend. “Where have you been? It’s so good to see you?” her friend inquired. “You know … work, family, kids. We’ve been so busy lately,” Dawn quickly replied while knowing that what she… (more…)

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

by on July 20, 2019

It is normal to feel anxious when traffic goes from 60 mph to a screeching halt in seconds. Or when your child’s school gets lock downed for some local police activity. Or when the credit card bill is larger than expected. These are anxious moments and feeling anxiety is not unusual. However, Maranda’s anxiety didn’t… (more…)

15 Common Causes of Depression

by on July 19, 2019

“Depressed” is a combination of ‘de’ which means down and ‘press’ which is to flatten. Thus the meaning is a deep flattening down. It is stronger than sadness which is a short-term condition. Rather, depression lasts for a notable period of time and is present regardless of surroundings, people, lifestyle, and abilities. Contrary to some… (more…)

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