Depression has been prominent in the news lately with the deaths of lead singer of Soundgarden and the lead singer of Linkin Park to suicide within weeks of each other. People are screaming that it’s an epidemic and it’s not uncommon to see comments on social media saying, “What’s going on?!?”
This week in Massachusettes, a verdict of “Guilty” to Involuntary Manslaughter was reached in the criminal trial of Michelle Carter. The beautiful 20-year-old girl who appeared so elegant and stoic in court up until the Judge’s rendering, had been doing her best to save face against the ugly accusations: that she had knowingly helped murder her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.
Wikipedia describes Voyeurism as the “sexual interest in, or practice of, spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature.” Psychology’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) explains it much the same way, indicating that the syndrome must cause marked “impairment or distress” to the patient due to their own internal struggle with the morality of the situation, or due to external sanctions like being sentenced to prison time.
There is a phenomenon online called “trolling.” It’s where a person, whose true identity is usually protected by a ridiculous avatar like this,
If you’re a fan of William Peter Blatty’s novel and the 1973 film, “The Exorcist,” you’re familiar with the case of “Roland Doe.”
Most people have heard of the Winchester Mystery House, but how much do you really know about it’s curious caretaker, Sarah? What kind of person would keep workers hammering away for 38 uninterrupted years…and why would she do it?
Case #1 – Michael Myers
Over the past decade or so of my practice, I’ve noticed a lot of misdiagnosis between these two disorders. In fact, it’s become very common for me to see clients (and acquaintances) who exclaim, “I’m bipolar!” who have actually been diagnosed as such by either a family doctor or a very quick visit with a psychiatrist. And, yet, after I get to know the person, it easily becomes clear to me that their drastic shifts in mood are not due to a chemical imbalance (the underlying cause of Bipolar Disorder), but by their upbringing (Borderline Personality Disorder).
In 2011, Norway faced a mass murder event that was unparalleled in recent history. One man – Anders Breivik – traveled to Utoya Island (just off Norway’s coast), gunned down 77 people and wounded 200 others. The worst part of the tragedy is that the victims were primarily teens, who were on Utoya participating in a youth camp. –> See my original post on Anders Breivik here: http://www.thecriminalcode.com/index.php/2016/07/08/anders-behring-breivik-history-crime-profile/