jared lee loughner

jared lee loughner

Arizona Shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s Mental Health Points to Greater Need in Colleges

Brooke Randolph, LMHC is a private practice counselor and mental health expert for DietsInReview.com.

Much has been speculated about the mental health of Jared Lee Loughner, the 22-year-old man accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others over the weekend in Arizona. It has been interesting to me to read the journalists’ attempts at gathering symptoms and making an assessment. It is true that late teens and early twenties can be the time when more severe mental illnesses reveal themselves. I am not ready to diagnosis him. I have not, like Dr. Jeff Victroff, read Loughner’s writings or viewed the videos attributed to him on YouTube.

One thing discussed in several articles is the fact that his behavior in class made several other students at Pima Community College uncomfortable, to the point that he was required to have a mental health evaluation prior to returning to class. It appears that Mr. Loughner was not evaluated and did not return to class. I would guess that Pima does not have a counseling center that could have completed the evaluation for Mr. Loughner; although, this was probably only one of many reasons why he did not follow through with this recommendation. Read the rest of this entry »


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