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Amarillo Behavioral Specialist sheds light on mental health in relation to violence

Amarillo Behavioral Specialist sheds light on mental health in relation to violence. (ABC 7 Amarillo- File Photo).

Mental health is a part of everyone's day to day lives, but how does it reach the point where someone's mental well-being is portrayed as going hand-in-hand with violence?

"We're trying to come up with a simplistic reason why this happened," Texas Panhandle Center's Behavioral Specialist, Joseph Dad said. "When there's great tragedy, it's easier for us to find the easiest, simple way to come up with a solution. But the truth is, unfortunately, it's just not that simple."

Dad says other factors like environmental, social and political issues should be considered too.

"You can struggle with an anxiety order, but it may be on this end of the spectrum, or maybe on the other end," Dad said. "It's not necessarily as clear as you cross over some line in the sand, and now you're mentally ill.

Dad tells ABC 7, not considering the whole picture of someone's life, no matter who that may be, creates a stigma.

"It really keeps the mental health community from being able to expand and really help people talk," he said.

Mental health, often like physical health, has its different phases, as if dealing with sickness or an injury.

"We're going from someone who's maybe managing their mental-health needs well and they're kind of striving in that, and then sometimes something can happen," Dad said. "anything small, to something big.

Though Dad says there's not one simple solution to stopping acts of violence, it may help to shift the focus when trying to figure out why.

"In these scenarios, maybe we need to focus on ways we can help these communities recover, and not just trying to point the finger," Dad said.

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