Doctor explains medical concerns behind violence
From road rage to a fatal assault stemming from a school fight, police and mental health experts said the encounters should not have escalated. Dr. Rishi Gautam, medical director for outpatient services at LifeBridge Health, told 11 News that road-rage incidents have doubled since 2018, and last year, almost 400 people were shot and killed as a result of impulsive violence triggered by regular driving incidents. Gautam said research shows that violent responses have much to do with fight-or-flight reflexes and mental and physical exhaustion. He said mental and physical exhaustion can cause high risks of people being irrational in their responses.