Mental health experts react to Colorado shooting with advice

6:54 PM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Reaction to the Colorado shooting was swift and chilling. Dr. Atul Shah, chief of Psychiatry at Memorial, said the impact is tremendous.

Shah said anyone suffering from anxiety or depression should seek professional help. His message is general but clear and concise.

"You cannot live in fear,"he said," you cannot stop yourself from living a normal life."

He described the shooter as a loner with a number of mental problems.

"He is considered psychopathic,paranoid, psychotic and demented," said Shah," from a psychiatrist point he's an unstable individual who would act in this fashion because it is not normal." 

Dr. Justin D'Arienzo, a clinical psychologist, said parents should also talk to their children.

"You should always prepare kids for bad things occurring," he said

The goal he said is to put their fears to rest by encouraging them to live their lives as normal as possible.

"You can tell them something like this is possible, but it is not probable," said D'Arienzo.

And while you're having a straight talk, D'Arienzo said teach them how to get away from a crisis or trouble.

"You should always create some kind of exit plan or strategy," said D'Arienzo," where kids know what to do when there's a problem."

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