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Gaming Disorder: All Fun and Games?

Video games have come a long way in the last 50 years – from the very basic graphics and gameplay of “Pong” in the early 1970s to the ultra-realistic and life-like depictions that we see in today’s titles, ranging from athletic competitions to war-like simulations. The Brain’s Response It is easy to see the appeal…

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Components of Trauma-Informed Care

Patients who have experienced trauma can benefit from emerging best practices in trauma-informed care at Prairie View. These practices involve both organizational and clinical changes that have the potential to improve patient engagement, health outcomes, provider and staff wellness, and decrease unnecessary utilization. Trauma-informed care acknowledges the need to understand a patient’s life experiences. Core…

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Risk Factors for Human Trafficking

Up until the last eight years, human trafficking was something I always thought of as being an issue in third world countries. It was certainly not something that would be a problem in Small Town, Kansas, USA. As I began my work with children who had been on the run, missing, and often exploited, I…

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Increased Risk of Depression Related to Menopause

Menopause is the term given to the period of time when a woman ceases to have menstrual cycles due to a decline in hormones responsible for childbearing. A woman is typically thought to be in menopause after she has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. This transition is not immediate and can often take…

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Losing Jesus

If ever there was a modern story, it’s from the Gospel of Luke 2:41-52. First, this text confirms that the parents of Jesus were faithful Jewish people. Every year, it says, they went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. Every year! To the big city! With a young boy (age 12) in tow, this trip…

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Hiding In a Shell of Myself: Finding Intimacy and Identity

Talking about my sexuality is not something that comes naturally for me. Growing up, it was against all the rules to be queer, and because of this, I have hid in a shell of myself for most of my life.   When I was a young girl, I was sexually assaulted (molested) by one of…

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Alive But Not Really Living

It all seemed to start when I was a teenager. My brother was diagnosed with cancer, and it really took its toll on me. Being in a hospital for five months, watching my brother struggle through his battle and not beat it, is not something that leaves a positive impact on a 15-year-old. His death…

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A New Normal

I’ve always been a strong, independent, charismatic woman. But I began to feel surrounded by darkness the day I was traveling back home to Oklahoma from a trip to Oregon. I’d never had a panic attack before, and it scared me. There I was, screaming and crying in the middle of the airport, all other…

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Advent's Lessons

The Christian year has started with the first Sunday of Advent—December 2.  It’s a rhythm of beginning that is NOT tied to the calendar that hangs in my office.  The Christian year starts with a season of preparation and of patience.  It does NOT start with songs about Santa Claus. The jolting texts of Advent…

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Getting By

As a child, I always felt like something was off. I was a good child and student, but I could never express myself the way I fully desired. Growing up, I was determined that if I could be the best at something, I would be accepted. That mindset led me to always be in a…

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