Mass Shootings, most of us feel stressed. or numb.

Every morning we awake to the news of another mass shooting in or near our neighborhoods. We also awaken to the news of mass shootings in other parts of the nation. This news is shocking and jarring. It causes many people to feel helpless or to blame others, such as the poor or other ethnic groups. However, these shootings are done by people across the ethnic, age-group, socio-economic, and religious spectrum.

 According to Jillian Peterson, an associate professor of criminology at Hamline University, and James Densley, a professor of criminal justice at Metro State University, these shootings are ways to commit suicide.

Professor Peterson states that those who commit mass murders have a similar history:

 Early childhood trauma.

 Violence in the home,

Sexual assault.

Parental suicides,

Extreme bullying.

The build toward hopelessness, despair, isolation, self-loathing,

Peer rejection can become an identifiable crisis point.

Previous suicide attempts.

Repetition of news reports

Copycat murders resulting from repeated reports

The almost daily reports of mass shootings in that nation have become stressful and traumatizing

These shootings occur in and outside schools, grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and local neighborhoods. For children and teens with mental health issues, the constant backdrop of violence harms the sense of well-being and safety. It is causing many Americans to live in fear.

Besides increases in depression, anxiety, and suicides, most teens now worry about a shooting at their school. Those concerns have been linked to students’ elevated anxiety levels.

It is also important to remember the context within which these shootings happen. Americans have endured the pandemic and higher prices at the gasoline pump and grocery stores. Mortgage rates continue to rise, as is the cost of heating homes, and rental prices have also soared. These events are harming the mental health of many people.

There are strategies available to help people better cope with these traumatizing events. Among these are:


Meditation and Yoga

Regular family discussions at the dinner table

Attendance at religious services

Limit or avoid alcohol consumption

Avoid illicit drug abuse.

Completely avoid domestic violence

For those feeling depressed, anxious, or have thoughts of self-harm:

a. Attend psychotherapy sessions:

b. Family psychotherapy sessions

c. Individual psychotherapy sessions

Dr. Schwartz is available for a consultation or answer questions and take comments:





The post Mass Shootings, Most of us Feel Stressed or Numb appeared first on DocTalk, Explorations in Psychotherapy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *