Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Adam Lanza Took Fanapt, Left Coast Psychologist Weighs In

An anti psychotic that can sometimes cause violent behavior. That's Fanapt.

In a follow up to my piece, the "Warlords Keep Winning" http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-warlords-keep-winning-sunday-collage.html here then is big pharma's drug and the original story.

This link calls Asperger's Syndrome as a cause of violent behavior,  a "red herring."

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/12/aspergers-is-a-red-herring-to-explain-newtown.html

One last clip, from the above link.

"There really is no clear association between Asperger's and violent behavior," psychologist Elizabeth Laugeson, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Associated Press.

This is what we have for psychologists. There isn't a clear link between alcohol and violent behavior either. I mean, I have seen people drink and just pass out. Or get pissed off and shoot up the bar.

People with altered levels of consciousness tend to do crazy shit...or do we have to show our masters degrees to debate that too?

So really what Laugeson is saying is that people with AS don't always do violent things. I get that. Drunks don't always drive, either. Adam Lanza was one fucked up kid. I'm sure the AS had nothing to do with that.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shrinks are the nuttiest of them all, a bunch of educated idiots with their PHDs (piled higher and deeper), and I suspect that a lot of them get into the trade (consciously or unconsciously) not to help others, but to help understand their own mental shortcomings (opposites don't attract, likes do).

On a lighter note, was this you Brian when you were a cop? (just kidding)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250528/Policeman-whos-really-BEAT-Dancing-traffic-cop-Rhode-Island-keeps-traffic-moving-grooving.html

Brian said...

I have no dance capability what so ever. When I tell people I am gonna bust a move- they run.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Three things have to happen in the wake of the latest shooting spree in Connecticut:

1) There must be some form of gun control, meaning fewer guns in the hands of irresponsible and mentally unstable people (the bad guys), more guns in the hands of those who are responsible and mentally stable (the good guys). If one or more of those teachers were allowed to carry concealed and fire back at the intruder, the situation may not have been the horror show we are now witnessing.

2) There must be a concerted effort on the part of all of us to examine the issue of mental illness more closely and more honestly. Brushing it aside by pointing fingers or sweeping it aside with more drug prescriptions doesn't seem to be doing a lot of good.

3) The entertainment industry must be held to account. They can try washing their hands of it, but that's a lot of crap. Violent movies and games do have an influence. If it were not so, then why do advertisers spend billions every year, trying to influence consumers?

There's plenty of other things to be done, but these are the big three (I think).

Brian said...

I agree with (2)and (3) although you make a couple of points in (1)

We will never be able to get guns out of the hands of mentally unstable folks for a couple of reasons. First of all, we simply have no way of identifying who they are. In fact, normal people can and do have sudden schizophrenic breaks and other forms of mental illness. The government has also tried regulating this with their silly forms. I don'y know how we can do that.

I don't see free speech or the entertainment industry being regulated either. I agree with you on games. But what are you going to do? These industries do not self regulate...in fact they are subject to the same greedy profit motive as anyone else. If they can sell a shit load of killing games- whether or not they influence the young- they could care less.

I have talked about this low bar standard of only doing what the law requires. Any effort to do what is morally, or ethically right is tossed aside to make money. All they care about is, "Is it legal?"