Were warning signs missed?
Motive unclear in Connecticut massacre
- Duration 3:46
- Date Dec 17, 2012
Motive unclear in Connecticut massacre
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-- as we remember the victims of the Connecticut school shooting we are learning more about the shooter there are unconfirmed claims that he had a personality disorder possibly Asperger's syndrome.
Columnists Charles Krauthammer talked yesterday about the lack of support in the mental health system for families.
Many years ago I would commit people against -- -- will from the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Two state hospitals.
If they were in danger to themselves and -- it's become much harder to do it's not to make any psychiatrist.
Ever does lightly.
But the dilemma for a -- -- -- did you read these terrible relationships.
Because of the rise of civil liberties and their experience that we had in the fifties of the abuse.
In incarceration of the mentally ill.
Where it becomes impossible and don't say to a parent until he does something nor hands -- -- -- -- what our families to do so let's ask psychotherapist in school counselor Thomas Christine thank you for joining us thanks that is.
Briefly we're hearing possible Asperger's angle here at this evidence that people with -- Yeah I've I've heard that have gotten emails from people about that and you know if there is no evidence that you know somebody would Asperger's and that if you think has violent behavior.
They might have social awkwardness but not enough that it took link the two -- I think too premature.
Back to the root causes of this type of thing a lot of people are pointing to our changing culture.
The shooter played violent video games zone at the Columbine killers.
Fans of these games do not want to hear any link between the two but what say you you know and I took the cares about this -- on and I have young kids NIC might.
Kids' friends you know playing these violent video games not something I would ever do with my own kids I -- -- the -- That we want to keep marquis sites they said this yesterday we want to maintain our kids innocents they do not need to be exposed to violent video games.
Part of the problem I think is that parents have become desensitized they -- other parents are doing the community well you know -- -- he has this game.
Sharon has this game and suddenly you know what I guess it went happy -- -- -- a deal I'll get it for.
And you use that word -- That's the other thing that we're hearing is about movies that people watch enough violence and all the sudden they become numb to the thought of it absolutely I mean -- every -- pumping into your subconscious mind is becoming your reality.
So you become desensitized but if you're doing something or repetitively.
Engaged in stimulating activity over and over again.
You know your brain will actually create new neural pathways that are consistent with that -- you could become you know it's completely desensitized the violent video games.
And -- become a killer -- think of in a distinctive.
Of all of these things have been happening over the last several years going -- has got to be connection here.
But of course -- people will say there are plenty of people who watch these movies play these games don't have that -- There are other vulnerabilities there we could assume so let's get to that.
Lack of family time you say one of the keys this is something I talk to Phillies about all the time I give talks about it all -- time.
You know people may think that they're having quality family time if -- home together but I look at a lot of families in America nowadays as being individuals.
Living under the same roof.
Dad's on his cell -- moms watching television Johnny's playing video games and got to keep might be doing some other foolish after iPod texting and we have.
Individuals completely distracted.
And not engaged and not a living together as families right and family dinner you say really Bailey dinner -- is very important to me on that's that's kind of a lost art.
As I caught me in in our country nowadays I think it's critical that families now take the time actually sit down -- commitment.
Have meals together and keep it all the distractions away while you're doing that yet no gadgets during dinner that -- Thomas Christine thank you so much thanks fat nutrition.