Is the Mental Health System Failing Troubled Kids?


(HealthDay News) — In the aftermath of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, voices around the nation are asking, “How could this have happened?”

At the heart of any answer is the psychological makeup of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter who forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School before gunning down the young students and six adults. Earlier that morning, he shot and killed his mother in the home they shared.

Details of Lanza’s mental health issues are still emerging, but it’s clear he was a troubled child and young adult. As reported by ABC News, typical comments by people who knew Lanza included “weird kid,” “not well” and “hated looking at your eyes.”

Mental health experts stressed that merely noting that a child seems “weird” is not enough to mandate that he or she seek care. Most agree, however, that children and young people with mental health issues across the United States are falling through the cracks of an inadequate system.

via Is the Mental Health System Failing Troubled Kids?.