What mental illness did that Virginia Tech shooter have?

Question by Dragon Queen: What mental illness did that Virginia Tech shooter have?
I heard it on the news but I couldn’t quite hear it right. Can someone tell me more about this illness and what is it called? And why in the F would someone give a gun to someone with a mental illness?

Best answer:

Answer by The Infamous
i think that he was schitzophrenic

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8 Comments so far »

  1. wkevinc said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I think he was bipolar, though I’m not sure. What I do remember is a shrink’s opinion at the mental hospital where he stayed that he was “an imminent danger to himself and those around him.” Why you would give a gun to someone like this is really because Virginia has very loose gun laws and the people who sold him the gun had no way of knowing he was mentally ill.

  2. -Peter.3PointShoota said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    He was lonely.

  3. mysterian said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    He had small penis syndrome, where you blame everyone for your lack of size. Really. These great students had to die because of an unhappy guy. They deserved better, I hope he rots somewhere….

  4. Filip said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I don’t know for sure…
    ALL i know that he got weapons too easily, as this is possible
    in US.

    It is a fact that US, of all industrialised countries, has most nutcases per capita like him-and they all have easy access to weapons.

    This is why this stuff happens all the time. BTW, US prison population is like smaller countries in Europe… that tells you something about US society.

    There is no justification for this shootings, however… or any other crime like that.

  5. Anon12345 said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    i think schizophrenia also

  6. Heleyna said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    too many pills in his system and not enough parental beatings is what the illness is caused

  7. Proud*Marine*Wife said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I believe it was called selective mutism, I could be wrong though. It means he had trouble speaking in social settings when it was expected of him.

    What Is Selective Mutism?

    Selective Mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s inability to speak in select social settings, such as school. These children understand language and are able to talk normally in settings where they are comfortable, secure and relaxed.

    Over 90% of children with Selective Mutism also have social phobia or social anxiety, and some experts view Selective Mutism as a symptom of social anxiety. Others view it as a separate, but related, disorder. It is not yet understood why some individuals develop typical symptoms of social anxiety, like reluctance to speak in front of a group of people or feeling embarrassed easily, while others experience the inability to speak that characterizes Selective Mutism. What is clear is that children and adolescents with SM have an actual fear of speaking and of social interactions where there is an expectation to talk. They may also be unable to communicate nonverbally, may be unable to make eye contact and may stand motionless with fear as they are confronted with specific social settings. This can be quite heart wrenching to watch, and is often very debilitating for the child as well as frustrating for parents and teachers.

  8. ghost said,

    Wrote on April 18, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    He was a loner who was Bi-Polar. But I think it went deeper than that.

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