Veteran Opens Fire Before Receiving PTSD Diagnosis

Many individuals who served in the armed forces and engaged in combat endure emotional turmoil. Over time, this may result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a debilitating psychological condition that results in aggressive mood swings and behavior.

Michael Mason is one example of an individual who was unaware that serving in the Middle East had hindered his psychological well-being, according to KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon. After experiencing to the death of his fellow soldiers, Mason returned home and began to exhibit signs of PTSD. In one incident, the veteran opened fire in a mall parking lot, which lead to confrontation with the local authorities.

“While we knew he suffered,” Mason’s sister Sara told the news source. “We did not fully understand the depth of his hurt, pain or sorrow.”

Mason is one of 72,000 veterans who have diagnosed with PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

More than 7 million Americans are diagnosed with PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals cope with the condition through a series of medications and therapy.