Is mental health properly addressed in the U.S., an extremely mentally sick youth such as Adam Lanza would have been committed in Canada?
I am working on an essay about the Sandy Hook shooting and I can't understand how authorities in the U.S. didn't figure out how dangerous toward himself and others Lanza was.
- LiliLv 74 months agoFavorite Answer
Canada has had its school shootings, dear. Why didn't Canadian authorities figure out the problems with the shooters there?
Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with multiple problems, including possible autism, early on in his life, but he'd never shown any signs of violence nor had he threatened anyone. He didn't own any guns, but his mother did, and if she took no steps to keep him away from them, there wasn't much the authorities could do. He was a legal adult; he had never been adjudicated mentally-ill, as differentiated from autistic and suffering from a severe anxiety disorder and developmental delays. Autistics don't normally commit violence, I might point out.
This is really not the place to do serious research for an essay. Books and many newspaper and magazine articles have been written on Sandy Hook. They will contain the information you need. Get yourself to a good university librarian and ask a reference librarian for help.
- Jeff DLv 74 months ago
The problem with your thesis is that Adam Lanza was never diagnosed with a serious mental illness. It's likely that he was schizophrenic, but his only diagnoses were for Asperger's and OCD (it's possible that the schizophrenia developed in later adolescence, but for whatever reason his doctors were not aware of it). It's hard to argue that he never got the treatment he needed when no one knew he needed treatment. It's possible also that his mother was in denial and/or covering for him, but if so, that's not the fault of the medical profession or the "authorities".
- JetDocLv 74 months ago
Bleeding heart liberals closed most of the facilities where mentally challenged patients could receive treatment and care. Now those people are living on the streets in places like LA, San Francisco and Seattle.
- ibu guruLv 74 months ago
The political climate changed in the 1970s, pretty much ending commitment to mental health institutions as some violation of civil rights. Plus drugs which suppress symptoms of certain mental health issues came into vogue. Thus, "treat 'em & street 'em" - give the mentally ill a vial of pills & release them onto the streets.
Schizophrenics in particular, like Adam Lanza, quit taking their meds, often convinced they are being "poisoned" or "controlled by aliens," etc. And little to nothing can be done to get them into mental health institutions to protect the public as well as try to treat them, heal them. Political correctness has devolved into social nightmare.
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- NRA4EVERLv 54 months ago
Starting in the 60's leftists started suing to close mental hospitals citing civil rights violations.
- Anonymous4 months ago
In Canada? I don't think so. Canada is even more Liberal than the USA. They cannot commit a mentally ill person in Canada against their wishes unless they have actually demonstrated that they are a danger to themselves or others... In other words, they would have done nothing at all until AFTER he shot his mother and all the teachers and students. Being a weird loner and playing combat video games would not have been enough to have him placed under psychiatric care.