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When a gunman opened fire this week in a grocery store next door to our Boulder sister campus, he added to a string of shootings that has put the state on an unwanted map. From the Columbine High School nightmare to the Aurora theater shootings, many Colorado residents and healthcare providers have seen such tragedies unfold before.
“One of the reasons studying the brain is so fascinating is we do have more to learn, and it is complex,” says Neill Epperson, MD, Robert Freedman endowed professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, “But let’s face it: this is the organ that is at the seat of who we are. Don’t we hope that it’s complex?”
A storming of the U.S. Capitol aimed at halting a historical presidential electoral vote failed in its intent on Jan. 6. Yet the riotous act frazzled a nation already weary from a months-long pandemic punctuated by political turmoil and social unrest. And the collective stress is taking its toll.