Dr. Janet Taylor Discusses How to Cope With Shootings

Gun violence and shootings are becoming too common, she said.
8:42 | 12/03/15

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Some went to this freaking violence and terror. And Paris match shootings in California Colorado I mean the list goes on a not so really what is it doing to us and what to Bennett due to our children. Join against some insight right now from psychiatrist doctor Jan italics hate doctor Janet. You know this. There yet there has been so much of the acts how would you. Suggests that people catch their breath and take me too tired to go out and process all of this cause it seems like it's just overwhelming violence. Is a public health problem in my opinion what the number one public health problems and as a grips all of us every time they see something and I do this for a living. It if it hits you in your gut some number one as you recognize how it makes you feel and then you think about the people around you. And who you can touch and how you can balance but the trauma room. With something good. So it's about recognizing how you feel practicing safety. And talking to people around you to bring back love and peace and prayer in what ever it takes for you to feel security in your community because. It's about a culture that we have in America. That tolerates bullying. But tolerates mean things that tolerates. Anything it takes to make you feel better we need to bring that back to community and love I think it's the very could be saying it is sometimes they say they weren't motors and they Wear a pulse is scary type people wells do something say something violent happens every single day in America and the people I deal with for individuals who have been traumatize and brutalized in their own homes. So we can stop emotional abuse we stop sexual abuse we stop physical abuse by adults to our children. And teach them how to love teach them how to talk about their feelings and teach someone needs to be of the disagree with someone with output in your hands on the out. But tolerate differences of opinion that's OK you don't have to agree with me but you don't have the rights put your hands on me now to President Obama spoke out about the violence yesterday so let's take a look at what. It's one thing we do know is that. There we have pattern now of mass shootings in this country that. Has no parallel anywhere else in the world and there are some steps we could take not. Eliminate every one of these mass shootings but. To improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently. So you know I mean there is a tough question you know your psychiatrist Larry do you have any idea of what needs to be done from now that's well I I do actually mean I think gun control certainly is the stuff and and individuals who have a history of mental illness even a just because you have a history of mental illness doesn't mean that you are likely to commit a crime it's the contract but but exactly but but it does happen and so we can get those people treatment night. Instead of an option that involves a gun that's one thing but also we know those most at risk when people are born. If you're born into poverty if you're going into situations we don't have equal access to education and health care. We need to add to build our families from those moments and teach individuals teach mothers. How to interact with their children in a way that teaches that love teaches them communication. And really levels the playing of hail to alleged killers. Have an eighteen month old days until I'm six a six month unveiled it they left with his grandma back to go out and kill people. I mean that there and we will figure out their motivation we have next Howard's doing that we don't know that but there's a number of motivation. It causes crime there's 24 hour coverage of bad things that go on is that. Desensitize us where that is helping us move forward in taking care of our lives a little bit better. What I would say neither what we need to realize in view and in people in the media is. Every exposure to trauma is exposure so there's a primary where your first responder you have actually been a victim but also watching creates a to the brain that stills stress and trauma so we need to learn to turn it off. The electronics turn off for Smartphones tariff for television. And turn off our selves. And really get back to that face to face and warmth and communication. And talking about what stresses us and talking about what bothers us so so did understand that it's all exposure it's all trauma to our brains it's the same my mom used to tell me about that they're used to bomb. Threats that went off in her school and had to hide underneath the desk and she's a he'll have to worry about that but now. I GE's sanitize your kids I know my kids are an elementary school my older TO. And they have emergency drills and and but they've told the kid says. It's have animals on the list locked the doors hide need to be sanitized this for our children how much do we tell unless parents you know what your kids are capable of understanding certainly you cannot hide them. From them the fact that there are bad people around but the reality is most. Violence happens to people who know each other with people we let into our own homes so you can say yes it could be an animal it could be a person. But the point is. To counteract trauma to counteract fear it's about safety. So the drills they're doing just like we have a buckle their seat belts and we locked the doors we practice fire drills are to keep them safe so if something happened. They have an automatic response and so the keys to say you're practicing this so you'll be ready. And you don't want to scare them but certainly can say what you know and then you can tell them how you feel. But also in our kids are watching more than a week demon. Yeah. And kind of honest same lines but I I want to know specifically in with the ages of of your children how you talk to him because I called my son this morning and I said do you do you feel safe today I wanted to open the door. To that it. Hear how he that he was emotionally feeling and then I thought long meaning it wasn't the right way to. To and it caught and to question him because maybe and invoking fear into him and maybe he wasn't thinking about it is so I don't. I don't know probably act passed in its parent tell I don't know it's okay so how if you're scared but I don't wanna put in in the brain if it wasn't Erin. Has apparently do the best we can I find it's better to ask open ended questions that maybe how are you feeling today oh did you watch the news are you aware that this happened. He may say yes he may say no at school someone may say something so you can say listen. Something did happen. I know it made me feel however made you feel if you feel that way let's talk about what you can do. And also asking what if scenarios what if someone showed a video that made you feel comfortable what if someone did walk into the school what excellence that come with me and you felt afraid what would you do so. You practice things in context with what they know that get them prepared. Also I think you know one of the things said that we rarely talk about but there are. Folks that live just like you and me. Who are a threat do now and the things that I think we also need to take it and let's say because one of the things and I find. When I look at a lot of the stars disease people. Some of them these terrorists homegrown terrorists feel disenfranchised they don't feel like they're part of anything what they just out there entertaining so do you advocate. Trying to remind people about amp but they and being able to see someone else's shoes at. Absolutely I mean everything is that capability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and when you do that you realize you cant. Like assessing violence a set is as one and who's going to be violent potentially is one of the most difficult things that we can do. But what you can do is have that same thing if you see something say something if so makes you feel afraid. Pay attention to it doesn't mean they're going to be violent and then again think about safety but also think about. Going about your daily business our kids need to go to school we need to go to work you can't let fear stop you but there are ways to acknowledge it they are ways to be safe. And one of the best things is to do exactly what we're doing to talk about it to cry if you need to check in on your kids do it ever you can't. Because what ever you are feeling your kids are feeling hate yourself on who is voting against your contrasts. And president of. I just. I just wrapped up a press conference we wanna give you quick act excerpt he said as the investigation moves forward it's important for all of us including legislatures to see what we can do you said that when individuals decide that they want to do harm. We can make it a little harder for them because right now it's just too easy we're going have to search ourselves at society and. Mind your kids are still more good people than bad people overall crime is down in America homicides are down in America but this mess I finally well but that's mass shootings have there's no doubt of the past seven years that it's doubled. But there are mass shootings every single day hope thankfully not to this extent and so it is about how do we bring back. A culture of a of the ability to disagree but also to care for each other in as a society respectively why you know act not to tell you can come back anytime we want to.

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