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Autopsy of Las Vegas shooter shows no anomaly in his brain

02-21-18 Category: Bipolar disorder

Autopsy of Las Vegas shooter shows no anomaly in his brain

The autopsy of the brain of the Las Vegas shooter has been released and it does not offer any concrete explanation for his actions. The report suggested no abnormal changes in Stephen Paddock’s brain, the 64-year-old man who orchestrated the worst mass shooting incident in the recent American history. In October 2017, Paddock had opened fire on people attending an outdoor country music concert that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.

Dr. Hannes Vogel, director of neuropathology at the Stanford University, who conducted the brain examination and made a satisfactory evaluation said that the findings did not reveal anything that could shed light on why he became a calculating mass killer. “With a good deal of screening, I didn’t see anything,” he said.

Presence of anti-anxiety medicine in system

According to the documents obtained by the Associated Press, there were traces of anti-anxiety medicine in Paddock’s system. However, these were found in his urine and not his blood, which ascertained that he was not under its influence, confirmed the report. The autopsy results also established the absence of any disease or anything else afflicting his body, which could have triggered the mayhem he unleashed on that fateful day.

While his toxicology report showed the presence of arsenic, lead and selenium in his blood, it did not indicate the reason for his violent and aggressive behavior. Further, no record of any previous illness was found that could throw light on his sudden violent behavior.

Preliminary report of the police investigation, released last month, stated that Paddock had talked to his friends about feeling ill and fatigued. His girlfriend told the police that he had become aloof and was keeping distance from her since a year. The report by the law enforcement agencies described him as someone who was strongly reactive to smell.

Doctor hinted about bipolar disorder

A Las Vegas primary care physician, who used to be Paddock’s doctor until 2009, suspected him to be suffering from bipolar disorder. However, a post-mortem examination of brain structures is sufficient to detect the mental disorder in an individual. Though some studies claim that bipolar disorder may trigger violent behavior in a person, several others do not conform to this and believe that the co-relation between violence and mental health could be attributed to an array of factors.

Another physician (not named in the report) said that Paddock behaved in a strange manner displaying scant emotion and was averse to taking medicines. He refused to take anti-depressant medicines from the doctor, who had then prescribed the anti-anxiety medicines to him.

It is important to understand that one should not take bipolar disorder lightly. It is a debilitating mental disorder that results in shifts in mood, energy, level of activity, and the ability to carry out daily chores. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 2.8 percent adults in the United States had bipolar disorder in the past year. It further states that an estimated 4.4 percent U.S. adults experience bipolar disorder at some point in their lives.

Dealing with bipolar disorder

The best way to deal with bipolar disorder is to seek immediate professional intervention. People can manage even the most severe types of bipolar disorder with treatment. If you have a loved one suffering from bipolar disorder, seek immediate help from credible bipolar disorder treatment centers.

Sovereign Health, based out of San Clemente, offers comprehensive treatment for bipolar disorder in the United States. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online to our mental health experts to know more about our top residential treatment centers for bipolar disorder and help your loved one overcome the mental illness.

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