Skip to comments.Aurora Shooter exhibits classic schizophrenia pattern
Posted on 07/20/2012 3:43:35 PM PDT by Prospero
As a classic case of national hysteria slowly peaks, still within 24 hours after the massacre of theater-patrons attending a premier of the latest "Batman" thriller in Aurora, Colorado, it's become increasingly difficult to maintain a rational perspective.
Apparently without any shame whatsoever, an embattled White House still cannot hesitate to push itself out in front of the trickle of information coming out in the wake of these multiple murders.
That as many or more people will die in "random" shootings on the streets of major U.S. cities, Chicago in particular, on an average weekend, this July, still escapes the notice of our entertainment news-readers and other media.
Without any other obvious motive, however, and looking dispassionately for the most reasonable known pattern that fits the facts known at this hour about this massacre, and its lone perpetrator, I think it will eventually be determined that Mr. Holmes suffers from hereditary schizophrenia.
The vast majority of the organic types of that disease are males, often regarded as highly intelligent, and who rarely begin showing the first truly "full-blown" symptoms of such a disease until just prior to their 25th birthday.
Elaborate and fantastic delusions, resembling a nightmarish dream-state, that usually accompany the full, untreated symptoms of this very terrible disease are often so compelling, and build so slowly (and its sufferers often have such credibility or, in many cases, demonstrate such charisma) that loved ones and friends rarely catch on to their true state of mind until they disappear, or it is otherwise "too late."
Though the frightening episodes accompanying this disease very rarely strike such a responsive chord in national news cycles they are almost always devastating, inside a much smaller circle. Usually destroying families and friendships.
So far. at least, Mr. Holmes outrageous demonstration of the apparent symptoms of this disease, or another illness in the same family, still seems quite within a regular pattern, as horrific as that might seem to those who are unfamiliar with schizophrenia.
The reactions of the national news industry, in the immediate short term, and those of his victims, to this intrusion of the symptoms of a classic mental illness, is quite understandable.
Few are unfortunate enough to ever experience becoming drawn into the damaged circle of a schizophrenic's broken thinking, over our lifetimes.
This does not mean, however, that schizophrenia is unknown to law enforcement, competent political leadership, or the health establishment. Far from it.
For a White House, or the mayor of a large city elsewhere, to take such full and shameless political opportunity from a the short-term trauma and shock to the national peace and loss of perspective is nothing short of criminal.
As this president operates within his own diseased pattern of not allowing any tragedy to go to waste, over the course of the next few hours, before the situation elsewhere, likely Syria, distracts his fawning, ignorant fan base in the national media, keep these thoughts in mind.
Why would you get flamed for your post?
My daughter is schitzophrenic. Getting help is difficult and very expensive - and that's if you're willing and able to pay for it. Keeping them medicated when they don't want to be is impossible - and the medication isn't a cure. It just makes the voices a lot quieter - the patient is still mentally ill, although perhaps functional.
Because there are those here who deny the existence of mental illness. It’s already happened today, will again. Read some of the snarky comments on this thread.
It’s a difficult problem. The mentally ill used to get locked up in attics. Now we turn them loose on the streets. Surely there’s a middle ground.
Hugs to you. We dealt with two seriously mentally ill family members for years. Fortunately neither killed anyone, but the emotional toll on the families was extensive.
We need better mental health intervention and care much more than we need all the frippery fluff the government now pays for.
While the cry for gun control over this is deplorable (to to mention 180 degree illogical), and while you are correct about adult-onset schizophrenia, its delusional states and associations with situational aggression, what happened in Aurora simply does not fit those patterns.
Holmes (the shooter), while being currently described as a loner and untrained, exhibited nothing BUT training and support. He had access to a variety of weapons and explosives, he knew how to wire them into booby traps, he created a dual-site scenario, he made use of toxic gas and patterned his behavior after the psychopathy portrayed by Hollywood in Dark Knight Rises.
This is NOT a level of organization someone suffering from schizophrenia is even remotely capable of carrying out. In addition, it strongly suggests both training and supply help.
Oh, and the fact that Obama intends to sign a treaty that attempts to erase ALL private gun ownership in the country next week, AND that this wipes the Huma Abedin/Hillary Clinton investigation AND the Roberts Obamacare decision off the front page, AND directly mimics the basic Fast and Furious Democrat plan to unleash small arms mass murder and then call for gun control, is ENTIRELY coincidental.
Perhaps pharmaceutically induced.
Are schizophrenics organized (as in organized vs disorganized crimes)? I don’t think either of the two schizophrenics I’ve had contact with would have been capable of pulling this off. But maybe some would????
Okay. I would say there are definitely mentally ill people. I see them in downtown Gainesville often.
No, not at all.
My overall point is simply that his pattern of behavior fits that of a schizophrenic. If Colorado lacks an appropriate punishment then dispatching the perpetrator to God for judgement might actually be very appropriate.
My larger point was that the ridiculous hysteria on display by our entertainment-media complex, and the shameless opportunism being carried out by low-life pundits (particularly the psychopath presently living in the White House) and gun-control nuts like Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Rendell is not merely "out of proportion" to the situation when compared to the slow-motion, apparently less entertaining, massacres happening in cities like Chicago, is hateful and criminal.
I'm thinking that locking them in the attic ain't so bad... But, yes, I'd sure rather pay for that than for all CA's illegals.
I don’t think the author cares about an insanity defense. He cares about spurious accusations of “tea party” responsibility and the Democrats’ need to exploit every random disaster as political.
I’m so very sorry.
I have known a sociopath and have the scars to prove it. It’s a compelling whirlpool.
and I’m going to take a guess and say that as a brainy nerd who got two degrees in neuroscience while battling the demons that onset this disease, he was using something more stimulative than the depressive pot, something that made him feel even more omnipotent to answer the orders given by the voices in his head
pills or some cocktail of drugs he concocted from his laboratory access, my guess
My GAYDAR is going BANANAS!!!!
This might be schizophrenia, although it’s extremely rare for schizophrenics to murder, even more rare for them to mass murder. The fact that his behavior included methodical and logical steps counts against the schizophrenia idea.
Seems more likely this slaughter is the offspring of OWS.
Whirlpool is a good way to describe it - you can watch them circling the drain while they're fighting to get away from any help.
Hey now, he has people skills.
Yep - the timing is impeccable...
Whatever the cause, it's premeditated murder.
I hope someone finds out all the TRUTH they can about this nut job before Obama’s guestapo move in, cover up, and frame this thing for anything but what it actually is...
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