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A look at mental health

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The Monday after the deadly massacre as Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut..some may say hindsight is 20/20, but even if we could look back, would anyone notice someone most consider to be a loner, painfully quiet, withdrawn, highly intelligent, that someone who is the same person we may all walk past everyday and often never notice.

Psychologist Dr. Hugh Moore says, "In general, quiet, reserved socially awkward people tend to stay quiet, reserved, social awkward and they don't necessarily act out in this way."

Lanza was described as this kind of person, distant, never showing much emotion.. he was also diagnosed with asperger's syndrome.  Dr. Moore says,"I just don't see a correlation there most people that I know with aspergers with autism wouldn't remotely think about doing anything like that."

As a psychologist for more than 20 years Dr. Hugh Moore has no knowledge of Lanza's history but in studying mental illness he says just because a person is depressed, anxious, bi-polar or suffering from other mental disorders doesn't mean they're violent, he says we don't always know someone is a criminal until they commit a crime it's the catalyst that makes the difference.

Dr. Moore says, "If you're angry and you're armed you're a lethal weapon."
It's that combination that makes the difference Dr.Moore says Lanza may have had aspergers but he may also have battled a more severe mental illness..no one knew about.

Dr. Moore says, "If a specific trigger and situation that makes you think your not important to me and I'm going to deal with that..yeah I think it's more likely you'll act out on that."

As to why this quiet 20 year old loner was able to barge into a Connecticut elementary school open fire and viciously gun down 20 innocent children and 6 adults Dr. Moore says, "We'll never know from him."

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