Although we do not yet know if Nehemiah Griego (Albuquerque shootings) was actually suffering from some sort of mental illness or whether he was on any psychiatric drugs, people are asking why the USA is so obsessed with movies, guns and video games rather than on how to deal with mental disorders when they are present.
We only know that he used to wear a lot of military outfits and that he was home schooled. It is a mystery how he was able to assemble an arsenal in his home. We also know that he was not allowed to watch video games. Can there be a connection with all these things? It is obviously too soon to make any suppositions.
One fact does emerge and that is the increasing concern about meds that treat ADHD and other mental disorders such as depression and autism. We know that most anti depressants and ADHD meds tend to increase the levels of suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and homicidal ideation. But we need to know more and more facts and these can be found in the book here:- Facts About ADHD Children – Tips For ADHD Parenting
Most of the drugs such as Paxil, Zoloft, Ritalin and also Luvox are known to increase violent actions by as much as 10% more than other drugs. We also know that 95% of school shootings over the last ten years or so were carried out by teens who were on prescription medication such as Paxil, Zoloft and Ritalin.
Is there a connection with the Griego tragedy and that of Adam Lanza at Newtown? Too soon to say but one startling fact emerges. It is the obsession with weapons. I have just learned that Nancy Lanza (Adam Lanza’s mother) was killed at Newtown with her own weapons. You see she was a survivalist and kept a lot of guns so that she would have maximum protection. We know that the Griego family lived in an isolated spot and certainly they too may have had weapons in the home for protection.
But the Lanza case is more alarming because of the following reasons :-
Nancy Lanza never locked her guns up although she knew that her son was getting more and more antisocial and had behavioral problems.
as a teacher, she must have been aware of the dangers
she had taken him to a psychiatrist because she was alarmed at his isolation.
he would spend hours and hours on video games
when they went out, he would have screaming fits presumably as a sort of withdrawal syndrome from being taken away from the games.
We may never know the truth. But what we do know is that many of the medications for mental disorders and especially the meds that treat ADHD do cause side effects and some of the rare ones include violence, suicidal thoughts, homicide ideation and mania.
This should push us more and more towards a much safer holistic type of treatment where behavioral therapy (or more simply, parenting skills) together with ADHD homeopathic remedies are at the very centre of a any treatment plan.
Robert Locke MBE is a health enthusiast specializing in children's health and has written extensively on ADHD, parenting and mental health issues.
He is a contributor to Quora, Lifehack, The Good Men Project, Liberal America and How to Learn.
He has written "Facts About ADHD Children - Tips for ADHD Parenting" on Amazon. He has also published children' s stories (Ziger The Tiger series) , also available on Amazon.
After a long career in Italy in teaching and management with the British Council, he was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for outstanding achievement in December 2005. He still lives in Italy where he writes and teaches.