Davie, FL: Psychologist: 'We are truly seeing a great number of [mentally ill] kids'

Mar 9, 2018, NBC6, Miramar, FL: Parkland Tragedy Puts Focus on Mental Health of Children More parents are taking a look at the mental health of their own children after the mass shooting in Parkland last month but the search for the right doctor and diagnosis isn’t always easy. The 911 calls made from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz’s home shows a long history of mental health issues. Back in 2013, his mother Lynda Cruz told deputies he had a “history of mental illness." "We are truly seeing a great number of these kids,” said Dr. Julia Harper, an occupational therapist and psychologist at TheraPeeds Family Center in Davie. … "I’ve seen a pattern, many of these mass shooters have histories of learning problems and emotional problems,” she said. … "Let’s stop with this thoughts and prayers nonsense and let’s pay attention to what is creating this problem,” said Dr. Harper. She works with children and their families who are diagnosed with Processing Disorders. It’s an underlying problem in how the brain functions. “When you are working in a broken brain, you process the world differently,” she said. "One in 25 people have processing disorders, we don’t have 1 in 25 shootings, we have one in hundreds of thousands, but the bottom line is, he could’ve gotten help." …

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