How will massacre victims cope with trauma?
Post-traumatic stress disorder a risk?
- Duration 5:12
- Date Jul 20, 2012
Post-traumatic stress disorder a risk?
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We woke up to news of a tragic.
That reminds us of all the ways that we are united.
As one American -- what matters is the end of the day is not the small things.
It's not -- trivial facts which so often consume us.
And our daily lives.
Ultimately it's how we choose to treat one another.
And how we problem.
Our our hearts.
With the sadness of this unspeakable tragedy.
And and I joined the president and First Lady.
And all Americans.
In offering our deepest condolences.
For those whose lives were shattered and a few moments.
A few moments of evil and Colorado.
This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts.
And remember how much we level -- another.
And how much we love.
And how much we care for our great country -- there's so much love and goodness.
In the heart of America.
Welcome back to the five that was President Obama Mitt Romney from earlier today.
Let's bring in doctor dale archer psychiatrist from New Orleans doctor than you for joining us.
You're you have done a lot of work of posttraumatic stress disorder and and I understand your sense years it.
It will we have to worry about is not just the obviously the victims and their families of the feel the -- -- -- That those people in the theater -- maybe not as extreme as they are but expected citizens are gonna feel that went.
Well the thing about posttraumatic stress disorders that we know.
About one in five about 20% of individuals that are exposed to a direct traumatic stress well -- this disorder of course this is gonna be varying degrees of severity.
But the number one risk factor is how close to the -- you war and how much stress you're exposed to so for example if you were one of the wounded victims.
Or one of people that was actually there and saw the shooting you would be extremely high risk.
On the other hand if you heard about it from outside -- all the people running outside -- your first responder going to end.
You're gonna have less likelihood of developing the condition so it's related to the -- -- Of stress to you experience with the direct of that so I think that the individuals that were involved.
They're gonna need to get involved and some my counseling very very sent.
Hi doctor can't attend terrorists how do you even begin to treat someone who was in the -- -- -- so close that's how how would you go about that's.
Some think little -- that this.
It's very serious and posttraumatic stress disorder starts out as a condition of nightmares flashbacks and actually -- -- the of that and this happens over and over and over in your mind.
If you let -- -- on long enough it can become chronic and at that point -- -- become hard if not impossible to treat the key in this is crucially important.
Is to get involved in treatment immediately.
I mean the sooner the -- I'm talking about tonight or tomorrow.
The sooner these people can start saying a professional he's tried and how to deal with -- the better they're gonna do because what you're doing is you have to un couple via vet.
From the emotions that go with the event and that sounds hard to do but.
That's how the therapy works in these type of conditions and -- earlier of the matter.
Insert it can be -- Christian.
Yeah I just had -- a question for doctor archer regarding a -- the suspect right now we have been discussing about whether or not.
He had in the history.
Psychological or psychiatric problems.
Mostly we just know that he in fact it decided to drop out of medical school but other than that it doesn't appear to be -- history.
Violent acts a criminal record or any in addition that he would have some kind of disturbed mentality -- at an event like us.
Well I gotta tell -- to be surprised if there -- some psychiatric warning signs and come to light here.
And psychosis especially schizophrenia.
Can be -- sudden -- that and it can occur typically in the late teens to early twenties so it could well be that this guy was totally normal throughout his whole life.
But -- something took place a month ago for him to drop out of school.
And I suspect at that point he was starting to have some problems perhaps hallucinations perhaps -- We don't know yet that again I'm gonna be surprised if there isn't something -- -- -- ahead secret apparatus.
Yet doctor I just wanted to ask for it outside of the people that work at that witnessed the event children or teens -- are learning news of the event.
-- that might be worried then about going into a crowded planes are going to be heat or how do you help them deal with that if you're -- mom and out at home watching the news tonight.
Well -- very question and obviously what you have to do is talk to your cats.
As you should always do you know you're watching the news is a family this comes on the kids are gone wild mama I'm scared of going to movie and you talk to about but this was probably a sick person he was disturbed.
You explain what happened.
And kids understand a lot more than we think -- do so if you're honest with your kids and you tellem this is one event that's happened you know in the last.
Twenty years in a movie theater.
Then they're probably gonna be OK but honesty and talking -- Doctor archer -- that you very much for joining us we come back some final.