A lone gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults including himself at a Connecticut) School He used guns registered to his mother. The emergence of ASD and PTSD Acute Stress Disorder and/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) were identified as happening after a major incident such as this one. The symptoms that can be present in this situation were reviewed as well as some possible long term effects. The grieving process was also discussed. In the aftermath of such situations, attention is often focused on people with mental illness who might have the potential do do violence and/or commit a copycat crime even though in retrospect this is very small proportion of the population.The gun control issue and related psychological factors were also discussed.
It is a great misfortune to sustain a major trauma or burn injury. This brings about the unpleasant sensory and emotional experience of pain. Pain is frequently under treated and can influence ethical decisions being made by the patient and others.
33 miners became trapped underground in a mine collapse in Chile. A rescue tunnel will not be expected to be completed for at least 3 months. In order to anticipate the psychological issues which they may experience, similar situations of people being isolated for prolonged periods in the space program, submerged submarines and in Antarctica expeditions are reviewed. Various recommendations to maintain mental health during and after this ordeal are also discussed.
The army is mistaken in saying that because of PTSD and suicides in the military, “that we are more dangerous to ourselves than the enemy.” PTSD and suicide in the military of are part of war just as injuries and other combat deaths. Soldiers injured by PTSD should get Purple Hearts and families of soldiers who die by suicide should receive a letter of condolence from the President of the United Sates.
My Mood Monitor (M-3) is a five minute mood screening test which has been validated at a family medicine clinic at the University of North Carolina. It showed excellent results for identifying depression, bipolar
spectrum, anxiety and PTSD. While it appears to be a good screening tool, some concerns were raised about the use of it.