“I Am Adam Lanza’s Therapist, a response to "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"
By Dr. Faye Snyder
Psychologist, marriage and family therapist and forensic evaluator
Less than one week before 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut I sat with eight children in my RAD Group (children with Reactive Attachment Disorder) who shared a few things in common with one another: contempt for adults and authority, a terror of abandonment, and hatred for siblings and anyone who competed with them for mom’s affections. I frequently look into their eerie little faces that have contemptuous sociopathic smirks or estranged identities. I have learned to see injured souls instead.
I have treated Adam Lanza, Dylan Klebold, Eric Harris, Jared Loughner and Seung-Hui Cho and their mothers too. Most are in earnest as much as Liza Long, who wrote, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”. Most want help and don’t know what to do. First they will have to learn where things went wrong and understand how it happened.
“I checked out your link. Nice article. But Adam wasn't part of your RAD Group, right? I read about the relationship between anti-depressant drugs and other school shootings, the theatre massacre etc.and all of the shooters were on a similar drug that causes psychotic breaks. Did Adam ever take those types of drugs, Prozac etc? When was the last time you saw Adam? (I'm interested in your assessment of Adam in particular.) Thanks!”