Understanding mental health issues following school shooting
Traumatic events can have last effects
- Duration 4:41
- Date Dec 16, 2012
Traumatic events can have last effects
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On this somber Sunday it is now time as always for Sunday house call and joining us this morning.
Doctor -- some money is the vice chairman of the department of urology and chief of robotics at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
-- -- -- -- doctor Marc Siegel is here as well associate professor of medicine and then why use land on medical center also author of the inner pulse.
Unlocking the secret code of sickness and in health and both doctors have.
Surely attended two victims in.
Tragic situation so we wanted to start there and good morning to both good -- you're going to we're gonna dedicate much of Sunday house call today to serious health issues that follow the aftermath of the tragedy like what happened at sandy -- elementary school in Newtown Connecticut.
Where on Friday a gunman killed 26 people including twenty.
Dramatic events like this can have real and lasting effects on a wide range of people from the families of the victims to the survivors and their families.
Also the first responders we don't want to forget them and even those that are just watching these events unfold on TV.
So doctor -- what do you think first of all we all need to keep in mind at this time.
As well the first thing we need to do is to come together as a country this is another example of another 9/11.
And with its 912 the next day where -- the entire country.
Jew Muslim Christian everyone got together and united as a nation that's how we're going to deal that's how we're going to care for each other.
Look this is -- big impact you don't have to -- committee get to feel this I was watching this yesterday.
I have two kids six year old and ten year old and it's very emotional it.
Psychologically will affect -- plus what do you allowing them to know.
I -- I only feed them certain amount I don't want them to watch everything I want them to become stronger.
You know I'm I'm the surgeon so I don't I don't go around they dive right into it and -- said look this is what happened.
What is your thoughts and and my son -- basically told me that that that's -- I'm learning co writing I'm gonna defend myself and I would take care of my teacher.
Jazz music is my -- Saturday she said you know why's this happening.
-- you know I can tell you that the discussion of evil.
And people snapping which is what we -- here -- media.
As a doctor doesn't make any sense I don't think these people are -- I think there -- psychological issues I think it's a combination off.
Family core whether it has to do with the mom taking -- for these type rifle and gone as we can have a discussion about it.
I think it's a cultural issue that we have here may be too many violence and violent movies video games were surrounded by all of this.
But there's also a psychological effect here this is the face off our psyche.
Autism is not a prerequisite to violence there are -- or Kerry they're good people in a great family that feeds them.
And take care of -- nurture them.
Autism plus psychosis.
Features can turn into a monster and this is what we're seeing nobody will wake up in the morning it's -- you know today is a day that I want to start shooting people.
And are around us and what I would tell you as a doctor is that we need to diagnose this first before they will get us.
And there has been an incident where I have actually be called off on people that I thought they looked odd.
This is what they're saying they're usually -- you don't -- there's no eye contact we all know them.
It's not to bully them we need to make sure that -- teachers and these societies there where I make it safe for all of.
Trying to record as a counselor doctor Siegel doctor -- before we started mentioned something interesting to me that this young man went through things that a lot of us do.
-- brother who didn't talk to him a father who was also not talking to him but a lot of us have.
You know Jamie first of all I think we -- work on the month mental health infrastructure in this country I think you know if we don't know if if this person was in treatment.
If he was in treatment someone should look back and say did he -- enough treatment was the treatment work it was an effective.
David makes some good points about underlying problems he might have that might not be totally related to this I want people out there -- no.
That just because someone thinks something out and they have a plan I'm going to drive to that school and -- hit it looks like it's cold and calculated bit.
It can easily be psychotic can easily be delusional -- can easily be that he came up with something in his mind.
Where these children represented something else than than what they -- And edit it and this seems like a very severely disturbed individual who did not -- It in one minute there were probably warning signs.