(Image source: WTIC)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

As the community in Newtown continues to heal after 27 people were killed Friday, theories are surfacing about the shooter and his mental state. One of the most recent speculations was reported by ABC after speaking with a faculty member at his old high school.

“The young man could feel neither physical or emotional pain.”
“If he cut himself or hurt himself he would not know it or feel it.”
“He says Lanza had several disorders and was seeing the school psychologist.”

But the alleged mysterious condition where he could feel no pain is only one of the theories. Many news outlets are reporting Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder part of the autism spectrum. The Hartford Courant spoke with a psychiatrist who says the disorder isn’t associated with violence:

"It's very important for people to know that there is absolutely no correlation between the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome and a predilection toward violent behavior.”

CNN’s correspondent Sanjay Gupta also gave his input on the speculations.

“When you talk about autism or anything on the autism spectrum. You're talking about a neural disorder.  Not a mental illness, not a personality disorder. I think the terms do matter here.”

The continuous debate about Lanza’s mental state led many to take to the internet to express their opinions. One woman’s editorial, called “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” went viral over the weekend.

The editorial details the mother’s struggle with her own mentally ill teenage boy and the parallel with the Adam Lanza story — noting there are few options for the mentally ill in the United States.

Mother Jones compiled data about mass shootings in the United States in relation to mental illness, finding:

“Mass shootings generate sensational media coverage, yet most media have failed to connect the dots with regard to mental health. It is a crucial factor in these events … No less than 80 percent of the perpetrators in these 61 cases obtained their weapons legally. … at least 38 of them displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings.”

As the investigation continues, law enforcement officials note Adam Lanza did not have a connection to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Adam Lanza Couldn't Feel Pain: Mental Health Theories

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Dec 17, 2012

Adam Lanza Couldn't Feel Pain: Mental Health Theories

(Image source: WTIC)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

As the community in Newtown continues to heal after 27 people were killed Friday, theories are surfacing about the shooter and his mental state. One of the most recent speculations was reported by ABC after speaking with a faculty member at his old high school.

“The young man could feel neither physical or emotional pain.”
“If he cut himself or hurt himself he would not know it or feel it.”
“He says Lanza had several disorders and was seeing the school psychologist.”

But the alleged mysterious condition where he could feel no pain is only one of the theories. Many news outlets are reporting Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder part of the autism spectrum. The Hartford Courant spoke with a psychiatrist who says the disorder isn’t associated with violence:

"It's very important for people to know that there is absolutely no correlation between the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome and a predilection toward violent behavior.”

CNN’s correspondent Sanjay Gupta also gave his input on the speculations.

“When you talk about autism or anything on the autism spectrum. You're talking about a neural disorder.  Not a mental illness, not a personality disorder. I think the terms do matter here.”

The continuous debate about Lanza’s mental state led many to take to the internet to express their opinions. One woman’s editorial, called “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” went viral over the weekend.

The editorial details the mother’s struggle with her own mentally ill teenage boy and the parallel with the Adam Lanza story — noting there are few options for the mentally ill in the United States.

Mother Jones compiled data about mass shootings in the United States in relation to mental illness, finding:

“Mass shootings generate sensational media coverage, yet most media have failed to connect the dots with regard to mental health. It is a crucial factor in these events … No less than 80 percent of the perpetrators in these 61 cases obtained their weapons legally. … at least 38 of them displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings.”

As the investigation continues, law enforcement officials note Adam Lanza did not have a connection to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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