Mass shootings: The psychological impact

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September 17, 2013, 7:37 am
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(NECN) - Thirteen people are dead, including the gunman, and eight are wounded following a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
     
Mass shootings can have a lasting effect on people, even on those who aren't actually there.
     
Dr. Joseph Shrand, instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School joined NECN to talk about the impact they can have on the mind.

Why is the motive so important to people?

“Uncertainty is one of the most difficult things for us to tolerate as human beings,” said Shrand. He said that when people don’t know the answer, they will seek one out or make one up.

Shrand said that if shootings happened over and over again, people would be more desensitized. He said that because people are so shocked about this, it indicates that they are rare events.

Shrand said that some people have a tendency to vilify people that they don’t know.

He said people should never worry alone and that if someone has a true concern, find someone to voice it to.

Watch the attached video for more.

Tags: navy, shooting, victims, impact, Joseph Shrand, washington navy yard, Aaron Alexis, psychological
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