Forensic Psychiatrist: To Zero In On Depression In Germanwings Case Is “A Low-Yield Dead End.”

The New York Times (4/7, D4, Goode, Subscription Publication) reports that in wake of the March 24 Germanwings crash, “studies over the last decades have begun to piece together characteristics that many who carry out such violence seem to share, among them a towering narcissism, a strong sense of grievance and a desire for infamy.” James L. Knoll, MD, director of forensic psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, said, “People want an easily graspable handle to help understand this, to blame something or scapegoat.” However, “to zero in on depression is ‘a low-yield dead end,’ he said, adding, ‘There’s something fundamentally different here, aside and apart from the depression, and that’s where we need to look.’”

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— “The Mind of Those Who Kill, and Kill Themselves,”Erica Goode, The New York Times, April 06, 2015.

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