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USA TodayPTSD reportedly affected alleged shooter
Post-traumatic stress disorder — a mental health illness reportedly linked Monday to the man who allegedly killed 12 people at Washington Navy Yard — has been characterized as one of the signature wounds, along with traumatic brain injury, of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Key questions:

USA Today 1 in 10 high school seniors are extreme binge drinking
Plenty of high school seniors are binge drinkers, consuming five or more alcoholic drinks in a row, but a new study shows that some are extreme binge drinkers, knocking back as many as 10, 15 or more drinks in one session. The research out Monday shows one in 10 high school seniors have engaged in extreme binge drinking (10 or more drinks in a row) while 5.6% have consumed 15 or more drinks.

CBS NewsBullied kids may exhibit psychosomatic symptoms like stomach pains, headaches
Studies have shown that bullying can cause an emotional toll on its victims, and a new study finds the effects can be physical as well. A study published Sept. 16 in Pediatrics shows that bullying can increase psychosomatic symptoms, or physical illnesses caused or spurred on by mental anguish. Symptoms like unusual headaches, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, abdominal pain or bed-wetting may signal a child is a victim of bullying, according to the researchers. About 20 percent of U.S. high school students have been bullied, the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports.

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