Dr. Manny: Don't jump to hasty conclusions
Dr. Manny Alvarez on mental health in America
- Duration 7:38
- Date Dec 18, 2012
Dr. Manny Alvarez on mental health in America
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Manny now who's been kind enough to join us in the studio here we've been talking a lot of bad to.
The question the question -- -- did this happen.
There were media reports stoked to Manny early on that Adam lands of the twenty year old shooter.
May have suffered from a -- that is cinnamon but -- was it was just saying to one of our guests that.
There are millions of kids -- -- that is they don't do this.
You can get it may have been a contributing factor I guess -- we shouldn't point the finger at that we should put the finger at anyone -- I guess well you.
Do you noted that diagnosis is a much burgers came in the in the news as hearsay.
Apparently the father said that he had been diagnosed with -- But the funny part of it is an analogy is looking at their latest reports and there's really -- medical records available but part of -- He was not in any medication that they could find.
And and it's very funny because when a child is in the spectrum very early in the game.
You know they get proper.
You know they get proper classification they get intervention they get.
A slew of different things even had the school system.
And I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that you know -- that kid was withdrawn.
From school -- back into the home of the age of eleven I believe so since the age of eleven he's been sequestered at home.
You don't -- being taught in school that to me is never than normal pattern.
All somebody who -- in the spectrum and again I keep and I wrote an article about this yesterday.
That you know would too early to jump the gun -- Asperger's syndrome it is very well defined.
These are very high functioning individuals with high -- They tend to have -- and communication problem.
They're a little shy.
But they're very loving and once you orchestrated plan to behavior.
That allows them to open up.
That behavior changes and then you know -- the fully get integrated.
Into our society.
There are a lot of people properly that you know that have signs and symptoms -- of Asperger's syndrome.
So I'd -- -- -- yesterday -- to be very cautious about jumping the gun.
That is what this is spectrum disease.
There -- of precipitating factor because we still don't know so many things about this killer.
Yup very good very good point I did get asked that is -- become the comes within the spectrum of autism is that right it.
It was just recently he was removed from the from the book that is utilized -- the latest revision that that really looks -- the classification in the spectrum.
You know Asperger's -- -- very close to.
Pervasive developmental disorders.
This is where there's a delay in the cognitive communication aspect of that behavior.
As of recent they have removed that -- early.
And it's no longer in the spectrum.
You know it's a you could tell very early on you know and let's say a year and a half.
You know my son is -- this thing you know by year and a -- I knew that.
There was something fought through so by a almost close to -- -- -- we really had made a diagnosis that he was that he had autism.
And very early on you know we started with -- early intervention.
-- -- tends to be a diagnosis that many kids do not show up.
And only when they get to being that middle school age when they now have to be in the classroom -- that or they have to go from one class in a classroom to the other.
You see that the shy -- -- come into play and they get withdrawn because they they don't feel comfortable.
And sometimes that diagnosis is made right -- and there.
But he's a big and that pattern of this killer and it doesn't fit -- mold to me.
Things that we have read in regards to his lack of pain and lack insensitivity.
We know that there's a lot of autistic children.
That through the expression of touch you know -- many kids with autism have hyper sensitivity.
Saw the beginning when you get diagnosed you know the have difficulty for instance was certain -- in their mouth.
With food and sometimes you have to -- -- the food.
You know that's a sense of this nation type of problem.
It's not become a problem that is being described.
On this killer that you know he you know he would cut himself and not feel any pain.
That talks to me about a different tied.
Of maybe psychiatric disorder that is not part of -- -- this.
Being a lot of talk in the wake of this that we need to do aside from autism fast food is the -- -- question of mental health that we need to do more in this country.
To help those with mental health issues what's your view on that.
My view is that we have created this epidemic.
Who America and around the world we have dropped the ball big time when it comes to mental health you know back in the days in the 1970s.
Mental health was a big of a big issue there -- hospitals dedicated to it they were floors and hospitals.
And because of the financial downturn and healthy over the last fifteen years.
That every hospital in this country has cut out from his budget mental health services.
Calgary -- almost every hospital so you basically have.
Now hospitals and say look we cannot afford to have in the -- of psychiatry.
So they have centralized in other words you can go you know you may be taken to the emergency room within an anxiety attack -- deciding to tackle.
And they are allowed to keep you in the emergency room for maybe 1218 hours.
But then if you need admission you have to be -- off to another.
And therefore it you know everything gets lost in translation.
And did the talk therapy which is very important.
You know I I see a psychiatrist because I believe that talk therapy is important.
In allowing me to communicate especially feels like myself that I know -- I'm -- very complex deal of high risk obstetrics work.
You see pain and suffering every day he gets do you have to awhile.
Talk therapy has been eliminated.
Again it it becomes an economic challenge the doctors say you know what I'm I'm not I can't spend an hour talking to a patient about their feelings and their emotion.
-- -- will you know get my 32 dollars and write a prescription for prozac that does not help parental -- out.
That is what -- over prescribing in terms -- hope it's a number.
Prozac all of these medications basically.
It's that the number one millions of prescriptions annually when he comes to things like -- -- all off.
Anti anxiety medication that's basically what we -- the mental health is much deeper than that.
Because you have to get some times to the root of the problem and we have eliminated and therefore that's what you have a lot of these wandering people around there.
With with incredible -- debilitating personalities it's.
-- -- -- Do we can only hope that if any good can come out of this perhaps it's a renewed focus on the admin -- -- to Manny Alvarez senior managing health editor of -- -- dot com.
And -- -- article on.
Not jumping to any conclusions about any of this and in particular.
With regard to Asperger's.
Is that foxnews.com.
I read it's a fascinating read doctor thank you so thank -- get.