Vanilla is a product of Lussumo:Documentation and Support.
1 to 20 of 36
Psychopaths who kill and rape have faulty connections between the part of the brain dealing with emotions and that which handles impulses and decision-making, scientists have found.In a study of psychopaths who had committed murder, manslaughter, multiple rape, strangulation and false imprisonment, the British scientists found that roads linking the two crucial brain areas had "potholes," while those of non-psychopaths were in good shape.The study opens up the possibility of developing treatments for dangerous psychopaths in the future, said Dr Michael Craig of the Institute of Psychiatry at London's King's College Hospital, and may have profound implications for doctors, researchers and the criminal justice system."These were particular serious offenders with psychopathy and without any other mental illnesses," he told Reuters in an interview."Essentially what we found is that the connections in the psychopaths were not as good as the connections in the non-psychopaths. I would describe them as roads between the two areas -- and we found that in the psychopaths, the roads had potholes and weren't very well maintained."
Have to wonder how long it is until mandatory medication is required.
1. At what point do the potholes actually and seriously form? What about children/young adults who are diagnosed with psychotic behavior be treated to mitigate these effects through traditional therapy as well as drugs, rather than just saying, "The drugs will fill in them there potholes!"
2. What do the brains of individuals who commit such crimes but aren't diagnosed as pychotic look like.
In the first study, published in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, investigators found that the rate of antidepressant use in the United States has almost doubled among Americans older than 6 years — increasing from 5.84% in 1996 to 10.12% in 2005, or from an estimated 13.3 million to 27 million individuals.
That's true of younger children but hasn't APD been diagnosed in middle to late adolescents in certain circumstances where the psychosis is bad enough to start moving into sociopathic directions (such as adolescents found to be lacking the empathy trait and also show a tendency toward cruel/violent behavior due to a lack of empathic understanding)?
Where are you studying?
Not necessarily although that is certainly a very important question too. I'm sure you and I agree that there would be a certain portion of the population would be all in favor of medicating people with the defect whether they commit crimes or not (you know, "Just in case."), but asking my original question I feel is important as well; if people with "normal" brains, at least in the context of this discussion regarding the defect, also commit crimes then it would further weaken the argument for involuntary medication.
Of course, we're now getting into some fantastical, dystopian future setting where the government drugs the populace for their own good and I'm not sure how useful that is for the conversation. 8)
The most exciting question now...is when do the potholes come -- are people born with them, do they develop early in life, or are they a consequence of something else?