Mental Health Specialists Give Advice Following Fort Hood Shooting

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In wake of the shooting on Fort Hood, KKTV 11 News is talking to experts in Colorado Springs about mental health.

The shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, who opened fire on post Wednesday was being evaluated for PTSD, and had a history of depression and anxiety.

PTSD is a condition that develops after a traumatic situation, resulting in fear or terror.

Professional counselor Mark Wells says the stigma of asking for help can often deter people from getting help with mental health conditions, but it should not.

"A negative stigma is one of the biggest stigmas that we deal with in the mental health field because there's so much fear and misunderstanding around certain disorders. You see people with certain disorders do certain things and then that gets associated with that disorder--that everyone with this disorder does that. And it's simply not the case," said Wells.

PTSD develops over several months after someone experiences a traumatic event. A person will not necessarily act aggressively if they are suffering from PTSD.

"This individual may have a number of things going on in their life. It's really important to understand that PTSD does not equal violence, it does not equal lashing out. "

Wells said that while some people suffering from PTSD may demonstrate violent tendencies, most do not. He told 11 News that the majority of people suffering from PTSD are working hard at healing--and negative stereotypes does a disservice to those people.

Wells adds that with treatment, the brain can heal from trauma.

Aspen Pointe does help directly with PTSD and other associated conditions. They can be reached directly at (719) 572-6100.