Dec 16, 2012 redusky commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.
@ 190 -- I like video games fine, and I PLAY the silly things. Our society though, has in the last 20 years, become increasingly obsessed with violence as a form of entertainment. Yes, if someone is mentally ill, they are mentally ill, and they will have a reaction to things, regardless because they are mentally ill. What I AM SAYING is that when a parent gives their 8 year old 'Modern Warfare,' 'Call of Duty,' and 'Halo,' and then wonder why that child at 13 has a violent streak, I think that it at least needs to be looked at as a possible trigger. You become what you immerse yourself in-even if you are mentally healthy. That has been proven. True, 95% of people playing those games are just not going to go out and start killing people, but people with forms of autism or aspergers sometimes have a difficult time discerning reality from fantasy. We have a society that has highly increasing numbers of people with different forms of learning disabilities, mental illness, and chemical imbalances. We should at least investigate what has caused the pandemic, and see how different stimuli affect the patients.
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Dec 16, 2012 redusky commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.
I know a man who has (mild) asperger syndrome, and is bi-polar. He isn't violent, and off medication, and as an adolescent he is/was very outgoing and brilliant. He isn't even temperamental at all- he did, however spend 21 years in a drunken haze, and once he sought treatment for his alcoholism, he was medicated with Zyprexa, Lithium, Paxil, and other drugs here and there to "tweak" his treatment. All this did was make him a walking zombie, someone who was unable to express himself at all, and was zoned out most of the time. He has since decided to see what his life is with out the meds, under supervision. So far, so good, but it will be a while before it is known what will happen.
This man has a 15 year old son. This son, who is intellectually brilliant as well, also has asperger syndrome to a much more severe degree, is often unable to feel much interest about anything unless it is something HE has chosen, he closes other people out, refusing to interact with others, doesn't know how to respond to affection, and finds the most enjoyment in violent video games, Stephen King novels, and angry, often hateful and violent music, probably because it forces him to have an emotional reaction to something. When he loses his temper, it is scary. I know this child well, and I worry about the things he has an interest in, because to my way of thinking, an overdose of violence could negatively affect even a well-thinking, well-adjusted person, much less a boy who is dealing with an inability to connect with emotion and with other people, one who bounces between not caring what anyone thinks and caring too much. Until this last week, my biggest fear with this young man was that he might be a danger to himself, I now am afraid that something could send him over the edge and hurt another person. Luckily, his family isn't the type to carry or even own firearms....but what if they were?
I tell you the conditions of both gentlemen because I think it is important to understand the variances in the conditions, and what may or may not be triggers. I think, especially in recent years, as this (mass murder situations) has been something that has grown so exponentially, that we need to also look at our way of life as Americans, our obsession with violence as recreation (look at our films, our video games, our modern literature), our godless views (while I am a Christian, I am speaking of a lack of faith or sense of spiritual responsibility of any sort, not just my faith) our ideas of avoiding responsibility (look at how easily we choose the path of least emotional, fiscal, and social responsibility, and have made it so easy to walk away from relationships, jobs, and communities), and see that we need to identify the things that are not edifying to our society, and may cause injury to this growing group of people with mental issues. We ALL have to take responsibility for the betterment of our society, even if something is inconvenient or undesirable to someone who is mentally healthy. WE have to protect our future.
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Dec 16, 2012 redusky commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.
I know a man who has (mild) asperger syndrome, and is bi-polar. He isn't violent, and off medication, and as an adolescent he is/was very outgoing and brilliant. He isn't even temperamental at all- he did, however spend 21 years in a drunken haze, and once he sought treatment for his alcoholism, he was medicated with Zyprexa, Lithium, Paxil, and other drugs here and there to "tweak" his treatment. All this did was make him a walking zombie, someone who was unable to express himself at all, and was zoned out most of the time. He has since decided to see what his life is with out the meds, under supervision. So far, so good, but it will be a while before it is known what will happen.
This man has a 15 year old son. This son, who is intellectually brilliant as well, also has asperger syndrome to a much more severe degree, is often unable to feel much interest about anything unless it is something HE has chosen, he closes other people out, refusing to interact with others, doesn't know how to respond to affection, and finds the most enjoyment in violent video games, Stephen King novels, and angry, often hateful and violent music, probably because it forces him to have an emotional reaction to something. When he loses his temper, it is scary. I know this child well, and I worry about the things he has an interest in, because to my way of thinking, an overdose of violence could negatively affect even a well-thinking, well-adjusted person, much less a boy who is dealing with an inability to connect with emotion and with other people, one who bounces between not caring what anyone thinks and caring too much. Until this last week, my biggest fear with this young man was that he might be a danger to himself, I now am afraid that something could send him over the edge and hurt another person. Luckily, his family isn't the type to carry or even own firearms....but what if they were?
I tell you the conditions of both gentlemen because I think it is important to understand the variances in the conditions, and what may or may not be triggers. I think, especially in recent years, as this (mass murder situations) has been something that has grown so exponentially, that we need to also look at our way of life as Americans, our obsession with violence as recreation (look at our films, our video games, our modern literature), our godless views (while I am a Christian, I am speaking of a lack of faith or sense of spiritual responsibility of any sort, not just my faith) our ideas of avoiding responsibility (look at how easily we choose the path of least emotional, fiscal, and social responsibility, and have made it so easy to walk away from relationships, jobs, and communities), and see that we need to identify the things that are not edifying to our society, and may cause injury to this growing group of people with mental issues. We ALL have to take responsibility for the betterment of our society, even if something is inconvenient or undesirable to someone who is mentally healthy. WE have to protect our future.
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