A local psychiatrist gives us examples on how we can recognize the warning signs of mental health in loved ones.
6 university students are dead and 13 people are injured after University of California student Elliot Rodgers went on a killing spree Friday evening in Santa Barbara. Rodger stabbed his roommates, killed 2 females outside a sorority, shot customers at a convenience store, and even hit pedestrians with his BMW. Rodger uploaded a YouTube video that includes shocking statements like this one...
"On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house on the USC. I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up blonde, I see inside there."
Rodger ended up taking his own life after his killing spree but now his parents and other family members are left wondering how they missed the signs. WFFT spoke with Psychiatrist, Michael Bergeron about which warning signs, parents should look out for.
"A lot of people that I've studied that have these behaviors, end up being socially isolated, feeling bullied but not communicating well with others and make a premeditated plan on their own without letting other people know until it's too late."
Since it's so hard to predict, Bergeron say a parent's goal should be open communication.
"Kill randomly right, is about a lot of pent up anger for a lot of different reason and finding a healthy outlet to express ourselves, so it doesn't become so internalized is a really important key."
So what kind of healthy outlets should you get your teenager involved in? Bergeron says to make sure they have a good mentor they feel completely comfortable with. Also, get exercise since physical fitness can relieve pent up anger and make sure they are involved with a social group at church or school.
"We can all play closer attention to the people we care about and don't be afraid to talk about how you feel."
If you think someone you love may harm themselves or others, you should seek professional help immediately.
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