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Signs someone may snap

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Updated: 11/06/2009 11:18 pm
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- A local therapist talks with Action News about the warning signs that someone may need help.

The pictures are disturbing. Two attacks on American soil. People were running around screaming for help. 

A man is suspected of killing 13 people on a military base in Ft. Hood, Texas. Less than 24 hours later another man is suspected of shooting six, killing one in an Orlando office building. Two different scenes, but one commonality. Both men snapped.
Dr. Lynn Wadelton has seen these types of things happen. She's a therapist with First Coast Therapy. 

"They have to have depression, plus a certain amount of distorted thinking that it's other peoples fault and they shouldn't be this way," said Dr. Wadelton.

Dr. Wadelton says that's why some people commit crimes like this. She says there are several things we can look for that may be a warning sign.

"People who have a sense of entitlement wronged by the world and have a consistent theme of bitterness to the world. Typically a mass murderer is someone who is isolated, doesn't have a support system, often times they will be single, not a lot of friends, someone who has a grudge they can carry," said Dr. Wadelton.

She says the hardest question to answer is when will someone snap. "We can predict who's at risk, but can't predict who is going to follow through," said Dr. Wadelton.

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chucky2a - 11/10/2009 8:33 AM
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But what happens when the 'support' group around somebody who's borderline in this situation is no better than if the person WAS alone? What if a person is diagnosed as bipolar, manic-depressive, passive agressive, or all of those other terms psychs like to throw around at people? What if a person would just like to nuke the whole world?
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