Accused Fort Hood Shooter Suffered from Mental Illness


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Four are dead and 16 injured as more details come to light about mental health issues the accused shooter fought with.

"Ranging from depressions to anxiety to some sleep disturbance," said John McHugh, the secretary of the U.S. Army.

"He was currently under diagnosis for PTSD, but he had not yet been diagnosed for PTSD," said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of Fort Hood.

PTSD has become a common consequence of our recent wars. 25 to 40 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets suffer from either PTSD or traumatic brain injury, according to the National Council on Disability.

34-year-old Ivan Lopez, the accused shooter, served four months in Iraq.

"For someone to act in such a manner as that man did is a very extreme reaction. The majority who have PTSD will never do something like that," said Ellen Dotas, the coordinator of the Sentara RMH psychiatric emergency team.

Dotas said PTSD can come from any traumatic event not just fighting overseas. The important thing is not to suffer in silence.

"Don't go it alone. There's help out there. Finding those resources and just making that first call is the best thing to start getting help," said Dotas.

Wednesday's shooting reiterates just how serious these problems can be.


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