Dear 60 Minutes: Which Professional Diagnosed Lanza with Asperger's?
Scott Pelley: Did Nancy Lanza ever tell you specifically what her son's medical condition was? And she put a name to it?
Mark Tambascio: Asperger's.
Scott Pelley: That's what she said?
Mark and Louise Tambascio: Yeah. Yes.
Scott Pelley: That it was Asperger's syndrome?
Mark Tambascio: Absolutely. There's no question.
Scott Pelley: And for her it was a full time job taking care of him?
Mark Tambascio: Absolutely. Oh my goodness, yes.
Asperger syndrome is a disorder within the spectrum of autism. It's characterized by social impairment, communication difficulty and repetitive patterns of behavior. An Asperger's support group told us today that patients are more prone to be victims of violence than the perpetrators of violence. And we don't know whether Asperger's played any role in the shootings, but friends told us that the condition did dominate the Lanza's lives.
Louise Tambascio: I mean, I know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home cause he couldn't deal with the school classes sometimes. So she just homeschooled Adam at home. And that that was her life.
Scott Pelley: She wasn't working. She devoted her time to Adam?
Louise Tambascio: Yeah, she didn't have to work, so that's what she did. She homeschooled him and you know and she did a lot of charitable work and everything.... Read more HERE.
HI freecanandianguy; Firstly I am glad life is going so well for you. Your life is the kind of outcome we all dream of.
Truthfully though, I know both children with autism who are kind and non violent, and some who are violent.
My friends little girl who I love has major problems with social contact. She is in elementary school, verbal and quite bright, but they pulled her out of school because she is socially inappropriate, masturbating on the school bus, and fixating on other kids.
She doesn't really understand about social relationships; after her visit, my older son who she liked and tried to get his attention was covered with scratches because her way to play with him was to race up, dig her nails into him, and then run off laughing.
She is bright,funny, very lovable,( I adore her) is great at keeping things clean , and will probably do very well in her life. Her speech is much better than my sons. But her behaviors and social skills are not like yours.
I remember talking to another mother at a grocery store who was telling me ( a stranger ) about how she had to decide to send her older son to a group home because he was hurting her and he had got too strong for her.
Your life is a wonderful outcome for any person, with or without neurological disorders. But I don't think you realize how rare it is amongst our children.
Posted by: Hera | August 01, 2013 at 11:08 AM
"In September 2007, a group of researchers made headlines when they reported a forty-fold increase in the number of office visits in which children had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BP). The researchers estimated that whereas, in 1994-1995, in about 25 out of every 100,000 visits a child had a bipolar diagnosis, the number increased to 1,003 per 100,000 by 2002-2003. During the same ten-year period, office visits by adults with a BP diagnosis almost doubled from 905 to 1,679 per 100,000 annually, suggesting that BP diagnoses reported by community-based clinicians have increased across the age span. But the very low base rate of this diagnosis in youth coupled with a rapid rise signaled a major practice change. "
That was 6 years ago.
This is a new thing for doctors.
Lantz was being treated for something.
As with new problems arising -and we all on this website can guess why-- and we all on here know just how slow the medical field reacts to new coming problems -- esp one they have created.
Posted by: Benedetta | August 01, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Free Canadian Guy;
Every brain injury is different, I know that you know that.
I am grateful that you came out of this smelling like a rose on this deal, it does not mean every one else did.
I know it worries us all that Lantz is put up in the news as having aspergers - the public which has little interest in any type of mental illness or brian injuries; let alone taking any time to sort them out ----- we all fear the general public will grab that headline and form opinions about those with aspbergers in a negative light.
I do understand the public's lack of interest -- it is because of fear -- Brain injuries is some what like death in a way. The person that was going to be, or was; is somewhat gone.
comorbid; with autism -- that include aspergers.
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) either overreact or underreact to certain sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes.
Children with ASD tend to have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, or have other sleep problems.
Many children with ASD have some degree of intellectual disability. When tested, some areas of ability may be normal, while others—especially cognitive (thinking) and language abilities—may be relatively weak.
One in four children with ASD has seizures, often starting either in early childhood or during the teen years.
Convulsions, which are uncontrollable shaking of the whole body, or unusual movements
Fragile X syndrome
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder
Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumors
Some parents of children with ASD report that their child has frequent gastrointestinal (GI) or digestion problems, including stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, vomiting, or bloating. Food allergies may also cause problems for children with ASD
Co-occurring mental disorders
Children with ASD can also develop mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or depression. Research shows that people with ASD are at higher risk for some mental disorders than people without ASD.25 Managing these co-occurring conditions with medications or behavioral therapy, which teaches children how to control their behavior, can reduce symptoms that appear to worsen a child's ASD symptoms. Controlling these conditions will allow children with ASD to focus more on managing the ASD.
Bipolar they did not mention but it is there too.
If you treat some one with depression with antidepressant drugs and they have bipolar what happens when they cycle out of depression into manias. Well it makes the manias even higher, no sleep occurs and psychosis sets in.
What is Schizo? I am not sure, but I think it is a type of on going psychosis.
When it comes to bipolar in children -- the docotors are balking at dignosising them with this disorder untill they get older. They are dignosising them instead with other things - that adds up to bipolar.
At any rate bipolar has increased 40 fold in children, and has double in adults in the last decade.
Posted by: Benedetta | August 01, 2013 at 09:55 AM
In the interview, Louise says he (Lanza) was on Medication. There IS no medical treatment for Aspergers. The attack was carried out by someone who was unstable. Someone with Aspergers is as likely as someone without Aspergers to be psychotic, or sociopathic, but the conditions are unrelated. I have Aspergers, and the only outward signs are lack of typical eye contact, an inability to recognize or reciprocate facial expressions and other non-verbal forms of communication. I sometimes take words and phrases literally, but this usually leads to humorous exchanges with others. I have an Engineering degree, and I'm quite apt at solving all kinds of problems, from mathematical problems, to Engineering challenges, or Logic type problems, probably because I am able to focus with a high degree of intensity on what I'm doing.
Like others with Aspergers, I have a highly developed sense of fairness and justice, and I adhere to rules and laws with a rigid doggedness, and am practically incapable of deceit. I would never be able to hurt another person, even if I was in a self defense posture, I doubt I'd be able to bring physical harm to another living being. I am a good, decent, law abiding citizen that has had NO run-in's with the law, or with other people; I hate confrontation and will attempt to diffuse potentially bad situations through rational discussion or dialogue.
Contrary to popular belief, even among health professionals, people with Aspergers actually have a high degree of empathy and sympathy. So much so that the experiences of others are often so powerful to us, we HAVE to consciously tune out those feelings because we can actually relive others pain in so much detail, it's difficult to bear.
I don't see things the way others do; I have a propensity to see things with objectivity, without being clouded by emotions or sensibilities, or biases. This can cause difficulty, because people who we don't agree with, wrongly believe we are opposed to their ideas, where we really just have a unique perspective, perspectives that can lead to novel or innovative solutions to problems. We are unlikely to be undeterred when told that our approach to a problem is unviable. This determination has lead to many of the greatest advancements in human civilization.
I'm not mentally ill, I am not sick, or broken; I am just wired differently (thank god) and I wouldn't trade Aspergers for all the money in the world.
To say these violent attacks are a result of Aspergers is as ridiculous as blaming them on diabetes, or dental abscesses.
Could he have Aspergers? Maybe, but it didn't cause his behavior. Violence isn't even one of the recognized characteristics of the syndrome. The fact that Lanza was on medication makes me highly suspicious that he had some kind of mental illness. If that's the case, the mental illness is more likely to be the cause of his rage, NOT Aspergers Syndrome. That makes no sense, if you know what AS really is.
Posted by: FreeCanadianGuy | July 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM
John Stone, thank you for your comments acknowledging the volatile tendencies. Actually I have observed the obsessive morbid thoughts come with the Asperger's Disorder, I have seen it in my son both before and after he started meds, the difference being he is much more stable with the CORRECT meds (in my son's case Fluoxetine and Abilify). It seems that some austistic children and adults go through years of misdiagnosis and a chemical chaos with WRONG meds (I know my son did with a clueless psychiatrist who labelled him schizophrenic and bipolar and placed him on Respitrol and Depakote, my son's photos practically look zombie like during that period.) Finally, he was CORRECTLY evaluated and diagnosed with Asperger's (autistic spectrum disorder) by a neuropsychologist expert in the field of autism, and he recommended another psychiatrist who is also expert in autism. The current psychiatrist is a lifesaver to my son, he weened him off the old stuff and gradually introduced the new stuff and this has stabilized my son for years now. I will add this as a strong factor in Adam's case, the age of males 18-22 were the worst most volatile ages for my son also, which I believe strongly configures in Adam's scenario. You just don't see unstable young adult females do this much damage to society. Happily, my son's outcomes are that he and I survived these volatile years (his Dad bailed years ago), he is 32 now and much more stable, working on second AS college degree, has two autistic social groups, and an autistic gf :)
Posted by: aspiesmom | December 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM
I find this to be interesting and maybe telling-
REDDING, Conn. — A former teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School says she remembers the gunman who killed 26 people at the school as a smart, sweet boy in her second-grade class.
Carole MacInnes (MAC'-IN'-ness) says Adam Lanza did not require extra academic attention and he acted normal socially. She says she met his mother during parent-teacher conferences twice, but never his father.
The retired teacher said Sunday that Lanza was a gentle soul and she can't imagine what caused him to want to kill. She never saw him after the second grade.
The 20-year-old Lanza shot and killed his mother before slaughtering 20 children and six adults at the school Dec. 14 and then committing suicide.
MacInnes first confirmed to The Washington Post that Lanza was in her class at Sandy Hook.
Posted by: Teresa Conrick | December 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM
You have a point. I think, however, there is a big difference between random acts of aggression due to frustration and physical distress, and obsessive premeditated thinking about murderous acts - I have seen that with Asperger syndrome too, but not without psychiatric drugs being implicated.
Posted by: John Stone | December 24, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Adam had Asperger's , I knew instantly when I saw his photo as it looked almost exactly like my son's autistic appearance and Asperger's gaze at that tender age. My son's only run-ins with the law both times were domestic situations, first with his Dad and second with me. Both could have ended up in fatal injury had my son had more accuracy and not stopped himself. This was before he was evaluated and diagnosed correctly, before he was on meds, so yes, it IS just the autistic spectrum disorder. This denial by the autism community suggesting that violence does not exist in autistic disorders is NOT helping autistic adults and their caretakers now, when we need more than ever to petition the government for supports and respite for lifelong caretakers!
Another commenter said it best, I cannot find the comment, but I will try to quote it as closely as possible, "The mercury injected in vaccines kills more than bullets from the gun"
Posted by: aspiesmom | December 24, 2012 at 09:17 AM
You have to do what you have to do.
With the internet - looking up drug's side effects, looking at the mitochondrial websites, even bipolar websites --- well
a parent has a little more control.
And you have to do what you have to do.
Just like if your kid is having seizures and they offer you depokote - and you find it on the mitochondrial website - you have to have the strength to refuse and ask for another - and be willing to go find yet another doctor.
2nd and third opinions have saved my kids a lot of pain, but it has cost me time, money and the family looking at me like I had that funny chinese name (Munchausen by proxy syndrome ) for parents that like to take their kids to the doctor for attention.
Posted by: Benedetta | December 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Adam Lanza may have had schizophrenia, as has already been suggested here. But, again, if you look at what could cause schizophrenia, you'll find that it's not just a genetic flaw that has always been with us. In Olmsted and Blaxill's book The Age of Autism, they make a strong case for schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson's, and schizophrenia (et al), not having existed before the Industrial Age of heavy metal pollution in the air and water. The photo of Adam Lanza as a sixth-grader shows a happy, attractive, normal boy, while those taken later show a frightening, disturbed boy. Schizophrenia usually starts in the teenage years or twenties. My uncle had it, growing up near a sugar-refining plant in Reserve, Louisiana, in the thirties and forties. Would that be a more likely explanation for Lanza's insanity?
Posted by: cia parker | December 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM
There's suddenly a great deal of interest in knowing whether or not ONE individual has a medical diagnosis of Aspergers. Yet, self-proclaimed spokespeople for the autism community such as Ari Ne'eman encourage people to self-diagnose and not even bother to seek a professional diagnosis. Ne'eman's backers undoubtedly include many people who do not have the medical diagnosis of autism. He recruits people who are self-diagnosed and these people are now going around representing our community online and in other venues.
It's time the "self-diagnosis" sham ended - though it will reduce the number of people in Ne'eman's posse. Same standards for all!
Posted by: Madvocate | December 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Apparently Adam Lanza was diagnosed with Aspergers:
Nancy Lanza, Peter Lanza Divorce Documents Reveal Details About Adam Lanza's Parents
“During their meetings, the couple mentioned that Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism-like disorder, Levy said.”
Asperger's, Autism Not Linked to Violence
“Despite media reports alleging that the gunman involved in the Connecticut school shootings had Asperger's syndrome, experts were quick to assert Sunday that there is no link between the condition — a mild form of autism — and violence.
"There really is no evidence that links autism or Asperger's to violence," said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer at the nonprofit advocacy group Autism Speaks and a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”
'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother': A Mom's Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America
“We still don’t know what’s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He’s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work.”
School Shooters Under the Influence of Psychiatric Drugs
Fact: Despite 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile school shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.
Fact: Between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence. These include 300 cases of homicide, nearly 3,000 cases of mania and over 7,000 cases of aggression. Note: By the FDA’s own admission, only 1-10% of side effects are ever reported to the FDA, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.
Fact: At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 109 wounded and 58 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs.) The most important fact about this list, is that these are only the shooters where the information about their psychiatric drug use was made public. To give an example, although it is known that James Holmes, suspected perpetrator of a mass shooting that occurred July 20, 2012, at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, was seeing psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, no mention has been made of what psychiatric drugs he may have been taking. Also note that all these mass shootings didn’t just occur in the United States.
1. Huntsville, Alabama – February 5, 2010: 15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and killed another Discover Middle School student Todd Brown. Memon had a history for being treated for ADHD and depression. He was taking the antidepressant Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.” He had been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist.
2. Kauhajoki, Finland – September 23, 2008: 22-year-old culinary student Matti Saari shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine. He was also seeing a psychologist.
3. Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system. He had been seeing a psychiatrist.
4. Jokela, Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
5. Cleveland, Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazodone.
6. Red Lake, Minnesota – March 2005: 16-year-old Jeff Weise, on Prozac, shot and killed his grandparents, then went to his school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation where he shot dead 7 students and a teacher, and wounded 7 before killing himself.
7. Greenbush, New York – February 2004: 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking “medication for depression”. He had previously seen a psychiatrist.
8. Wahluke, Washington – April 10, 2001: Sixteen-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage. He had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.
9. El Cajon, California – March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor, opened fire on his classmates, wounding three students and two teachers at Granite Hills High School. He had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.
10. Williamsport, Pennsylvania – March 7, 2001: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was taking the antidepressant Prozac when she shot at fellow students, wounding one.
11. Conyers, Georgia – May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with the stimulant Ritalin when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.
12. Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Klebold’s medical records remain sealed. Both shooters had been in anger-management classes and had undergone counseling. Harris had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.
13. Notus, Idaho – April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a prescribed SSRI antidepressant and Ritalin.
14. Springfield, Oregon – May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Kinkel had been taking the antidepressant Prozac. Kinkel had been attending “anger control classes” and was under the care of a psychologist.
Posted by: AutismGrandma | December 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Sadly, Nancy Lanza was running a small institution or mental hospital, by herself 24/7/365.
Like thousands of other Americans, this process will continue until the day they die, or worse... be killed by those they love and are trying to save.
Posted by: cmo | December 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Save a screenshot of the 60 Minutes site; how long do you think it will take before they remove the quote "he was on medication and everything?"
The big questions are:
What medication was he on? How many prescriptions were in his name at the local pharmacy or pharmacies?
How much of it will be found in his system at the autopsy?
If there is none, does that mean he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms?
And how much of this information will be available, even via Freedom of Information Act?
Posted by: Taximom | December 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
@ CIA PARKER AND BOB MOFFITT.
A MUST SEE.
THESE PSYCHO ACTIVE DRUGS ARE INVOLVED IN MANY OF THE MASS SHOOTINGS OVER THE LAST 50 YRS BUT THE MEDIA CONVENIENTLY FORGOT TO INFORM THE PUBLIC.
Posted by: Adam M | December 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I think the Adam's picture could show a schizophrenic affect. I hope we find out soon.
Posted by: Shannon Wasserman | December 17, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Blame the guns, you bet. An AR-15 is no more an assault rifle than a double-action "revolver" is. How about the "irresponsible" mother who, with a psychologically unbalanced 20 yr old man in the house, did "not" have the guns locked up in a gun safe. But, the dead can't be sued for negligence.
Posted by: Arlen | December 17, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I know one mother who worried that her daughter will commit suicide. This mother was constantly vigilant, saving her daughter's life several times by taking her to hospital. Then a "good doctor" prescribed an SSRI for this mother and than she said: "I don't worry anymore, if she wants to kill herself, let her do it". And her daughter did kill herself.
Another person, I know, who takes an SSRI drug acts like crazy. She loughs, when she hears about some tragedy such as death, an accident etc. She is now clearly lacking any empathy. This is what SSRIs do to the peoples' mind. WE have to remember that Eli Lilly is the company manufacturing both brain destroying thimerosal and SSRIs.
Posted by: no vac | December 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Liz Birts Army
I don't have pictures - not when my daughter was in the hospital with Kawasakis. I do have my son with a picture of a broken nose from a seizure.
If you need my address to get through to him Liz
here is my email address
Posted by: Benedetta | December 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
message to Bendetta : you mentioned your senator replying he had suffered polio and he wasnt going to listen to any vaccine criticism .
Can you post up your senators email address so we can send this person in the before and after photo's of vaccine crimes .....perhaps you've already done this ?
My MP wasnt interested in hearing my sob story (because this is how these bstrds see us) , until I showed her some pictures and she nearly fell off her chair . The general public are that dim that the words are treated in an abstract way that they can disbelieve our arguments but the pictures simply terrify them that we might just be right !
The Pharma Harma brigade are terrified of the pictures too .
Reminds them too much of the concentration camps 1939-45
Posted by: Liz Birts Army | December 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
My son who was prescribed Prozac once reported he couldn't take the anti-depressant. He said that without Prozac he felt as if his dog had died every day. When he was taking Prozac he didn't care whether his dog had died every day. So I am inclined to think that these medications really destroy a person's abilty to empathize
Posted by: Birgit Calhoun | December 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I ECHO every commented word by Cia Parker and Bob Moffit, just like you Benedetta....
P.S... Katie, with respect to your comments about paranoid schizophrenia vs. Aspergers being a possible explanation for motive, again, to echo Cia Parker's comment---consider reading Harris Coulter's book--"Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality"..a must read for in depth plausible look at what is happening with our children.
Posted by: Stand Up! | December 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM
It was so disappointing to see "60 Minutes" fail to ask the most important questions. Pelley should have asked what ELSE was going on with Adam. Aspergers does not lead to murder, but paranoid schizophrenia might. I think there is a strong possibility Lanza's mother kept the more serious mental diagnosis to herself because of the social stigma and instead merely labelled here son "aspergers" to friends and the community.
Why didn't Pelley ask about schizophrenia or the anti-psychotics Adam was probably taking??
Posted by: Katie Wright | December 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
C.A Parker and Bob Moffit -- Right on everything!
The prisons are filled up with violent offenders - there was a study done on them and they everyone had brian damage --or--- drug offenders -- and by now everyone is tired of hearing me say that it is the vaccines that started them down that dark path.
After all we have enough trouble convincing people what we witnessed as vaccine injuries in our own children, or the study on vaccines relationship to diabeties, or the study on vaccines and the relationship to asthma.
Oh, what could be causing all the trouble with those thyroids.
Posted by: Benedetta | December 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Why would mainstream med/ media/ gov warn us about side effects about psychotrophic drugs,
WHEN THEY WON'T WARN US ABOUT VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS....
which seem to lead to psychotrophic drugs. Someone is making
too much money to make it stop.
Posted by: Theresa 66 | December 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I was watching 60 Minutes during this report. A perfect example of the media failing to do its job--AGAIN! Opinions and theories from family friends were used to insinuate that autism = violent behavior.
Anne Dachel, Media
Posted by: Anne McElroy Dachel | December 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM
"I mean, I know he was on medication and everything."
Yes, there you have it. A clue to the big mystery. A clue that will be ignored by all but a few.
Antidepressants and Violence: Problems at the Interface of Medicine and Law
Posted by: Twyla | December 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM
The association between SSRI usage and these acts of violence by adults and children is reaching ridiculously clear preeminence. Yet the causal role of these drugs remains obfuscated by the powerful drug companies.
SSRIs were banned in the UK way back in December of 2003.
US FDA officials balked and opted to allow continued profit-taking by issuing a lame "black box" type of warning.
Posted by: kerboblog | December 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM
This horrific shooting event has nothing to Asperger's, and everything to do with the SSRIs or SNRIs this young man was prescribed. The psychiatrist who is responsible for inducing Adam's psychosis, is responsible for all of these deaths. I also highly suspect that the psychiatrist who prescribed one or more SSRIs for Adam never informed Nancy Lanza about the potential for dangerous hallucinations and waking nightmares that could result from taking these medications or even from abruptly withdrawing these medications.
I believe it should be made a crime punishable by jail time to prescribe this class of medication without making sure that patients and/or their parents are made fully aware of the terrible side effects that can result from taking them. These dangerous drugs are being prescribed, without adequate follow up with the patients taking them, as if they were harmless candy. Just looking at the pictures of Adam and of that man who was just arrested in Indiana with 47 guns, tells me that these people are on SSRIs or SNRIs. Look at their bugged out, enormous eyes. They sure look drugged up to me. That is clearly what too much serotonin or norepinephrine in the synapses can do to a person.
Posted by: Not an MD | December 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM
I understand the desire to prevent the public from fearing people on the autism spectrum, demonizing them, if you will. But I think the bigger picture requires that we accept that the brain damage done by vaccines can take myriad forms. Harris L. Coulter, co-author with Barbara Loe Fisher of A Shot in the Dark, also wrote Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain, in which he capably supports his contention that everyone born since WWII who got the DPT vaccine (virtually everyone) sustained some degree of brain damage. Most people's brain centers regulating self-control and their feelings of compassion continue to function well enough that they would never commit such violence, but, unfortunately, not everyone's. This killer would be an example of someone who had suffered such brain damage, and I think it's a minor point to try to draw a line between the brain damage causing autistic behavior, and the brain damage causing murderous behavior. The best way to avoid both kinds of brain damage would be to avoid vaccines.
Posted by: cia parker | December 17, 2012 at 09:40 AM
"I know he was on medication and everything"
I wonder how long it will take this crack investigative reporter for 60 Minutes to identify "what" medications were prescribed for this young man.
Silly me .. 60 Minutes has NEVER sought to identify the prescribed psychotrophic drugs the young men in Colorado or Virginia Tech .. to name just two .. of the many spree killers that inexplicably unleashed their uncontrolable rage against innocent people.
We can rest assured 60 Minutes will breathlessly inform us of the make, model, firepower and means of possession of guns involved .. but .. the psychotrophic drugs?
Nah .. much easier to blame guns than dare suggest the people paying for the commercials that pay the bills at 60 Minutes may be .. in anyway .. responsible.
Posted by: Bob Moffitt | December 17, 2012 at 08:32 AM