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Adam Lanza Mental Health

Genetics Will Not Explain Newtown

Sara Huston Katsanis, M.S. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Science
Sara Huston Katsanis, M.S.

Genetics do not determine behavior. Genetics may predispose a person to behave in a certain way, but do not dictate how a person acts on his emotions. Lanza's genetic markers will not explain why he did what he did nor prevent future occurrences.

Guns, Mental Illness and Violent Masculinity: A Recipe to Kill

Dr. Alan Heisterkamp | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Dr. Alan Heisterkamp

Namely, there are many boys with whom I've worked over the years who could be described in a similar manner to that of Adam Lanza, but who never took out their rage and anger on others. What made Adam Lanza different? What's happening here?

'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?': Thoughts After the Newtown Massacre

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mesmerized by the coverage of the Newtown massacre, I could not get this tune (from my younger days) out of my head. More carnage. Only this time, even younger children -- not even young men, but innocents who would never come of age.

We Are All Hiding Something

Liz Spikol | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Spikol

If it turns out Adam Lanza is bipolar and I'm bipolar, does the bipolar explain his violence? Or does it explain my passivity? The labels are useful up to a point -- but they're hopeless in moments like these when the scope of the behavior is so far beyond the norm.

After Newtown: Why Amateur Diagnoses Are Dangerous

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD

To blame the violence in Newtown, Connecticut on Asperger's or a personality disorder, as many media outlets currently are, is a serious mistake.

Speculating About Adam Lanza's Mental State

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

At this point, any comment on the psychiatric profile of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man responsible for these murders, is complete hearsay. By themselves, these traits do not indicate any diagnosis at all, although we have been quick to dissect them in the search for meaning.