It seems to be happening more and more, do you know

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
May 26, 2009 1:43pm CST
anyone who has ever "snapped" and become really violent?A University of Georgia professor shot and killed his wife and two other adults in Athens, Georgia, in late April, according to police. Yet another incident, A U.S. soldier fired on fellow troops in early May at a counseling center at a base outside Baghdad, Iraq, killing five comrades. Schizophrenia, brain tumors, seizures, alcohol and drug abuse are risk factors.Other warning signs include feelings of hopelessness and shame. What do you think causes these behaviors? http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/05/26/snap.moments/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
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• United States
26 May 09
As for the soldier, I'm sure it was some type of untreated depression or undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder. Those young people over in Iraq have to see blood and guts everyday and some have even witnessed people blowing themselves up in front of them. It's not surprising some of these soldiers would have mental breaks. The US can't subject it's soldiers to that kind of violence and expect them to act all normal afterwards. We can't have it both ways. The person who went nuts and shot other soldiers was on his third tour of duty. The military is just pushing their people too hard. Too many tours of duty without sufficient break to relax the brain and get back to feeling like a normal person. As for the other guy, the professor, not sure what to make of that situation. Stress is a killer, you know?
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
26 May 09
It's sad that our country pushes troops so far and then expects them to be normal, atleast the military does. They need to think of the family they are coming home too and how the mental wellbeing of the soldier will affect the family!
@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
26 May 09
A similar incident happened when I was in college, the only difference being that no one was killed. One of the professors went completely bonkers in class one day (I still have no idea why), locked the classroom door and started spouting off all sorts of crazy stuff. If I'm not mistaken, I think he had a weapon as well, but don't quote me on that--it was a few years ago. There was police tape all around the building; people were quite shaken up. It's so sad when something of this sort happens when there is so much help available to those who are struggling. :(
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@rrdj71 (696)
• United States
26 May 09
That is SCARY and sad all together. I think that if people were to pay more attention to these signs at an earlier stage whether in themselves or in a loved one, that A LOT of this could be avoided.
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• United States
10 Jun 09
In my family, we tend to have emotional people. Especially anger over some frustration or another. It helps to be able to talk about differences rationally, but in my family I have observed a tendency for one person or another to be unwilling to entertain the shadow of a hint of a vague possibility that they may be anything other than completely, entirely, totally, undeniably, dogmatically, and divinely vindicated absolutely right. This can lead to a situation where the other person is just being a lame-brained idiot but won't listen to reason. (Sigh) In my childhood, I was very emotional. Not so much as an adult, although people can push me back to that former mind-set. My wife tends to know how to push my buttons and nothing pushes my buttons so much as watching someone intentionally go looking around for buttons to push. All and all, however, I manage to keep my emotions in check, which is what I expect from any other grown adult. If I felt I was nearing a point of "snapping," I would have to check my pride at the door and get some pharmacological mood stabilizing substances. Thankfully, it has not come to that in my life.
@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
27 May 09
No I don't of anyone and I hope I will never meet anyone who will have such a turn in their life. But of course like everyone I hear a lot about these sad events on the newspapers. I think people for some reason loose their minds and it's almost they don't know what they are doing, otherwise how could anyone kill their own little kids! There is the case of casey anthony who killed her own daughter just to have some time for herself or maybe to punish her own mother... Well these are people who are void of any feelings and only think about themeselves and there is something wrong with her brain. Take care.
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
27 May 09
this is horrible...maybe they are mentally ill or just lack of self control! they were easily carried away with their emotions...
• India
27 May 09
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
27 May 09
Hello ersmommy. It is a sad thing to have this happen to anybody. I think that causes may vary based on each individual. The causes might be work stress, mental health, being an overseas soldier for years in a state of stress and hard condition and so on.
• United States
27 May 09
This is really sad to hear, I wish the world didn't contain people of this nature but it does so oh well. I think these people are products of all sorts of things. For example, some people snap because of high stress levels, some snap because they were born psychos, some snap because of some traumatic experience. In a nutshell peeps snap for different reasons and there's usually no way to tell why?
• United States
27 May 09
I think a multitude of things can cause a person to snap. A lot of it has to do with built up anger. Many people conceal their anger instead of expressing themselves. Like anything that builds up this anger can reach a point where the person snaps and lose all self control. I have seen this happen countless times being a student of public schools in New York City. On many occasions a student would keep something in until he or she burst. Built up anger can result in someone being hurt or even hurting oneself.I think more people should talk about their problems with close friends or family. Talking through an issue more times then not allows a person to evaluate the problem and calm down from it. It's really sad to hear on the news how people snap and end up killing someone or hurting themselves. Even something like Mylot is a good method to vent and discuss your problems. In the communication goes a long way. -John
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
26 May 09
I think that there is entirely too much stress in the world today and that that is a big factor that causes so many tragedies. One thing that needs to happen is that people who have just an ounce of an idea that someone is depressed, they need to help the person. Sometimes it's just so little as someone to talk to, other times they need counseling. Either way every little bit helps. The university professor was probably really stressed at his job, and the Soldier was probably dealing with depression and other things that cause stress. He was so far away from family, and I'm sure that wasn't helping anything.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
26 May 09
No, thankfully I don't know anyone who has snapped but I do know a few that feel like they might snap if things continue going on the way they are. I have told them to get some help but they just think I am the crazy one for suggesting it. They don't take it seriously..but what happens when they do snap? People get hurt is what or even killed. Do I feel that it is my fault then, because even though I suggested things things they were just pushed off as nothing. Should I have done more? Yeah I think so. I could have told family members, who could have maybe informed there doctor who could have treated it so that it doesn't maybe get to the point that they actually snap. We should never ignore something like this at all.
• United States
26 May 09
Personally, I think it's a combination of high stress and being unhealthy. Have you noticed that gym-a-holics and yoga buffs are less stressed and have more self-confidence than those that are unhealthy? On average, people in the United States are unhealthier and/or more stressed. Sorry, I think I answered your question with a question!