University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Warning signs parents can't ignore

A tragedy, to be sure. But for many parents of children struggling with mental illness -- a wrenching experience in itself -- it can be a truly chilling scenario.

Virginia State Police on Tuesday said Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed after an altercation with his 24-year-old son, Austin "Gus" Deeds. The younger man then shot himself, authorities said.

Austin Deeds withdrew from The College of William & Mary last month after being enrolled off and on since 2007, according to a statement from the school.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that he had received a mental health evaluation under an emergency custody order on Monday, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be found in the area.

The vast majority of young adults with mental health issues do not become violent, although young adulthood is typically when symptoms of mental illness, including schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, surface, experts say.

However, parents and others can be on the lookout for warning signs of violence.

Read the entire article now at http://www.kpho.com/story/24014072/warning-signs-parents-cant-ignore

Learn more about Dr. Charles Raison at http://cals.arizona.edu/fcs/faculty/Charles_Raison



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