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Post-Acute Withdrawal

There are two stages of withdrawal that a person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol experience. Most people are aware of the initial stage: acute withdrawal. Moderate symptoms of acute withdrawal may include sweating, heart palpitations, muscle tension, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, tremors, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. More extreme, and sometimes life-threatening, withdrawal symptoms…

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Blessings During Lent

During the season of Lent, many Christians are reminded to examine their lives, repent, and prepare for a new life in Jesus Christ.  Many also “give up” something during the 40 days to remember the way Jesus was tempted but refrained from sin. I decided this Lent to list a “blessing” each of the 40…

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10 Things To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

One in 68 children in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to data completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,2014). Males are 4.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD compared to females as the CDC reports 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls…

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Let’s Talk About Sex!

Did you know that most children have had some sort of conversation with a peer about sex by the time they are 8 years old? And did you know that most children have viewed pornography by the time they are 14 years old? And did you also know that most adolescents will never bother to…

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Corn Cakes and President’s Day

Happy President’s Day! As I was contemplating a subject and recipe for this week, I did a little research on what the two Presidents who have birthdays this month may have eaten in their day. Though the presidencies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were over 70 years apart, they did share a common love…

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Prairie View Goes Fishing

I grew up in Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” where fishing is simply ordinary. Every kid (at least in my generation) learned how to use a long pole and then a rod and reel to catch fish. One of my favorite memories was when my farmer father declared that the spring rain made it…

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Training and Recruiting Licensed Psychologists

Prairie View plays a significant role in training many psychologists by providing an APA-accredited internship. We offer incredibly diverse, quality training for our interns. Each winter, prospective interns participate in a national match process wherein they compete for internships with other students from universities all over the country. Once they are matched and start training…

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Social Anxiety Disorder: When Normal Experiences Become Abnormal

We’ve all had experiences that made us nervous: that time you were forced to speak in front of a group of peers; that time you were unexpectedly called on to give an answer despite purposely averting your gaze; that embarrassing time when you stumbled over a crack in the sidewalk and your first instinct was…

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The Health of Our Hearts

Happy American Heart Month! February not only brings us Valentine’s Day, but a time to focus on the health of our hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and studies show that children as young as 10, may show the beginning signs of the disease with the appearance of…

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Why Spirituality Matters in Recovery from Addiction

Historically, addiction was viewed as a personal failing, a moral flaw. Even now when most health professionals understand addiction as a disease, there is still a stigma surrounding addiction. People do not understand the behavior of someone struggling with addiction, so they assume – and may even say out loud – that something is wrong…

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