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Psychologist: Conn. victims likely to suffer from PTSD

When children are in school, as a parent, you'd think it's the safest place they can be, but what happened in New Town, Conn. undermines everything we believe in.

The survivors, the children in particular, face a lifetime of hurt, according to Phoenix psychologist, Dr. Ron Lavit.

"I think this is a problem they will never overcome," said Dr. Lavit.

Lavit has evaluated and treated war veterans soon after returning from war zones and expects the survivors of the Conneticut massascre to experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"They'll always be the hurt, pain, sorrow, depression, feelings of loss," he said.

Lavit believes families might be able to help children cope by introducing religion, spirituality and/or therapy.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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