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Norway Mass Murderer Not “Psychotic,” Say Psychiatrists

Norway Mass Murderer Not “Psychotic,” Say Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists monitoring Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is not psychotic, in contradiction to two court-appointed psychiatrists’ earlier assessment. Breivki has admitted to killing 77 people, many of them teenagers, in twin attacks on July 22, 2011 that were the worst act of violence in Norway since World War II; he has said that his violent acts were “atrocious but necessary for his campaign to defend Europe against a Muslim invasion,” says the BBC.

The earlier report by the two psychiatrists described Breivik as living in his “‘own delusional universe where all his thoughts and acts are guided by his delusions.’” But a team of four experts assessing Breivik in prison has reached a different conclusion, saying that they do not think he is psychotic or schizophrenic and that he does not need medication, and that he is not at risk for suicide.

On July 22, Breivik disguised himself as a police officer and set off a bomb near government offices in the capital of Oslo. Eight people were killed. He then went to the island of Utoeya, where a summer youth camp run by Norway’s ruling Labor party was being held, and shot 69 people.

Breivik’s trial is set for April 16 on terrorism charges. With the current evaluation of him as insane, he would be placed in a psychiatric facility rather than in prison.

The court will determine in the next few weeks whether Breivik should undergo a new psychiatric evaluation, though the Public Prosecutor, Svein Holden, has said that he will not call for a new assessment. According to the Independent, Holden fears that Breivik couldá”manipulate new experts.”áBrevik’s lawyers are opposed to such.

But John Arild Aasen, a lawyer representing three of the victims’ families, underscored the significance of the latest assessment, saying that “‘it indicates that there is considerable scientific controversy and the necessity for further investigations, obviously.’” Aasen said that his clients “‘biggest fear’” is that Breivik “‘will be out on the street again in a few years.’”

 

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9:52AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

If he is not psychotic, and he is not evil, then he is criminal. Perhaps he is one of the personality disorders who believe that there is no such thing as immorality, and he can do anything he wants to do. To me that is criminal but not insane. Perhaps a lifetime in a mental institution is what he needs because I sure as heck would not let him out.

7:46AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Not psychotic? So he did it all deliberately.

3:08AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

I do not want to say psycho. I do not want to say evil. Both words have technical meanings and are very loaded. I just want to say wrong. Morally wrong and wrong in the head. This needs to be brought out into the open and faced down for what it is. I will defer to people more expert than me to pin it down in the future, but this must be remembered and studied and prevented. We must not impugn his religion as we must not impugn the twisted versions of Islam advocated by some other terrorists. We must acknowledge that there is a lot wrong with how we are living and how we deal with it and how we spot and incubate disturbed people in our midst. This man needed something and somehow came to believe that by destroying the modern world and killing young people advocating a loving society would make him whole. That is just wrong.

8:10AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

No Parv Z. he was a murderer... some would postulate psychosis..
As to bombing..that's a nice mix of Hundreds of killed (small #) and the use of "christian"..in your rambling sensitivities.
This act had nothing to do with Christ Jesus...
See Him on that cross for YOU Parvez... Loving you ; no guns Parv....none. that's His and the Fathers will.Your name is in it.. all you have to do is receive it.

7:34AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks for posting.

10:31PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thanks GOD he was not Muslim other wise the whole Islamic world would have been labelled as terrorist butchers and some Muslim country may have been bombed killing hundred of innocent poor people, he is Christian so it is an individual act of madness and declared as mentally sick and that is the end of the story

3:40PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

By technical definition he may not be psychotic or schizophrenic, but he may have other diagnoses that at times can be just as damaging. He could have a personality disorder that makes him delusional at times. Don't leap to conclusions without knowing the full diagnosis.

12:45AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

For me in Western countries, the philosophy of psychology and psychiatry is always an element of balance. Because Western philosophy is about freedom and when that freedom is threatened you need a triangular balance to alleviate legal issues, actions of the perpetrator and the reactions from the community. In Norway, life imprisonment is 25 years maximum. Well, its most case in Northern Europe because the community believes in human rights. But when an issue like mass murders and terrorism become issues authorities need instruments to hold these criminals. To try and label a terrorist insane is basically to send him to an "institution" for life. Because the criminal is sick and has to be detained to safeguard his actions. To send him to prison, well on good behavior, he can be out say in about 15 years even though the maximum is about 25 years. But Brevik is sane and all this time he had mentioned that he believes that his actions are activism and to wake the Norwegian society and the Government. So do you think that imprisoning him will change his political values? If he is imprisoned he can be out and perhaps leave Norway and create havoc in some other countries. Some ex-Gitmo prisoners have returned to Afghanistan and Pakistan to create havoc against Americans. What makes you think that Brevik may not? Food for thought.

12:34AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

When there is a dire issue at hand like a mass murderer or terrorist and the laws are not severe enough to hold a person for life - there could be a problem. Brevik is sane. If Brevik is insane then great killers like Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot were insane as well. My question to all these theorists are how you actually classify insane - is it because of the actions? If you said are the actions how can one actually classify insanity towards a belief - a belief here could be white supremacy. So if one has strong belief then one is insane? Perhaps those who examine these rules must acknowledge that one does not have to conform to 'NORMS.' So perhaps the thousands of Taliban carrying out terrorism in Afghanistan are insane - Pakistanis are insane - Chinese are insane, etc.

8:51PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

He should get a sentence of 10000 years with no parole for 3000.

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