Mass Killing

Could Psychiatrists Have Prevented the Washington Naval Yard Shootings

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

As reports began to appear of the disturbed background of Aaron Alexis, the media seems to have universally decided that mass shootings are readily explained by severe mental illness. The assumption is that as psychiatric disorder is so obviously linked to violence, there should be no surprise that the Washington Naval Yard killings involved someone with a mentally troubled history.

Inside the Mind of a Mass Killer

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

As North America and the rest of the world try to answer the question 'why' when it comes to the murder of innocent school children, current psychiatric research uncovers patterns to apparently random and motiveless 'mass' killings, which might reveal clues as to their impetus.In a paper just published in the academic journal Psychiatric Clinics of North America, entitled 'Mass Murder: Causes, Classification, and Prevention', Dr James Knoll from the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York, reports the most up to date current psychiatric understanding of mass killers.