When tragedy shakes a nation, focus forward through action

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, many of us are left feeling grief-stricken, anxious or helpless. The horrific images etched into our minds are tragic remembrances of events that have become sadly familiar. When will the deadliest finally be the last? As humans, our empathetic response is expressed through our …

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Coping with the psychological impact of a mass shooting

Sadly, our nation again has experienced what can only be described as a horrific event. The mass shooting in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, is considered to be the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. Not only were 50 individuals killed, but more than 50 have apparently been brought to local hospitals for treatment. In …

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Life after the storm: The psychological response after trauma

As victims and families begin to piece their lives back together after a tragedy, a new, lesser-known struggle may emerge. Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP, a clinical psychologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, and Jeff Quan, a counselor at Eastfield College, recently sat down for a segment of the …

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Growing up after cancer: With remission comes new life, new challenges

A triumph over cancer is a joyous feat no matter the age of the patient. But when children and teens with cancer overcome their illness, the feat somehow seems even more remarkable. However, a win over cancer in a child’s life does not necessarily mean the end of their concerns and a return to normalcy. …

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For many patients, life after intensive care includes trauma, nightmares

One intensive care unit patient recalled seeing waves of the open ocean and sensing that someone was underneath her bed at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Another patient, who was treated at a Fort Worth hospital, said she saw helicopters evacuating patients as a tornado approached. For the two women, the memories were painful …

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Feeling A Little Anxiety This Week? You’re Not Alone

Bombings, house-to-house manhunts, explosions, and shootings dominated our news these recent days. Yes, there’s been much to raise anxiety levels. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that my sense of safety feels off. I find myself wondering, “Who could be near me in this crowd?” “If violence occurred right now where could I …

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