Skip to comments.Psychiatrist: Lanza Was 'Pseudocommando' with 'Wounded Narcissism'
Posted on 12/18/2012 4:12:14 PM PST by servo1969
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“First, there is no validated evidence that Lanza had Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.”
You have posted this before.
Didn’t Ryan Lanza tell the police that his brother -had- a “developmental disorder” that had been diagnosed as being Asperger’s?
Seems I read that several times.
No, he just takes what a good satirist does and does it exquisitely well. Enough truth to make it sound reasonable in a world that’s clearly done mad...
There are NEWS reports that Ryan Lanza claimed his brother had Asperger’s Syndrome. There have been NO reports from any medical professional that Adam Lanza was diagnosed with any disorder, let alone Autism or Asperger’s. Until a medical profession that is identified as having evaluated and/or treated Adam Lanza for Autism/Asperger’s, I will refrain from believing what the drive-by-media has reported.
They’re calling it a spectrum of disorders now, with Aspergers being on the milder side, and autism on the more serious side. That may be true, but I think they open up the possibility for more misdiagnoses just because, with a spectrum, there is no limit to the number of gradations you can dream up. If a child displays only one or two of the symptoms of Aspergers, but not enough to meet all the diagnostic requirements, they can just place the child a little bit lower on the spectrum, whether that is an accurate assessment of the child’s condition or not.
“Does that suggest (serious question) that people who dont get written sarcasm and irony, and as you probably know there are many around here, may be suffering from Asbergers?”
I don’t know. Just speaking for myself, I do much better at discerning sarcasm when it is written as opposed to spoken. When something is written down I can take a moment to stop and consider it but when I stop to assess what someone *says* to me it ends up being more socially awkward than if I just go ahead and do my best to figure out what the person meant to say.
He wasn't really a verbal guy, though.
You can apply that hot-blooded versus cold-blooded, rage versus deliberation distinction with normal people, but some people are "cold-blooded" all the time. They don't have the full range of emotion or the ability to verbalize what they're feeling.
I'm not sure that he was deliberating about what to do. He may have been so out of it that he didn't know what he was doing, or he might have found it hard to tell what was reality and what was fantasy.
None of that excuses what he did, but I suspect a lot of what we think about crazy people has to do with crazies who are in some way "normal" -- those whose behavior is fathomable by us to some degree. There may be people out there who are a lot more divorced from reality and ordinary human behavior than that.
FWIW, without saying his main problem was paranoia, I'd say that some crazy people probably would destroy their hard drives for some crazy reasons -- as would somebody who was in some blind berserker rage.
Unfortunately, that's the reason why these people are so hard to control. They can be functional on a basic level, which makes them difficult to put away. They may know enough to hide or finess their behavior. And only until they become overtly dangerous or violent, there are no legal grounds for having them committed.
Interesting - thanks - I wonder where all the Asperger’s patients were before 1981.......
My guess is that they were identified as having Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or any of the many others that existed in the DSM at that time.
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