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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:04 PM

 

Adam Lanza couldn't feel pain.

A “longtime” family friend said Lanza had a condition “where he couldn’t feel pain.”

“A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,” said the friend. “Adam had a lot of mental problems.”


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/adam-lanza-20-deeply-disturbed-kid-article-1.1220752#ixzz2F93Du0oc

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Reply Adam Lanza couldn't feel pain. (Original post)
dkf Dec 2012 OP
kalli007 Dec 2012 #1
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #2
TorchTheWitch Dec 2012 #5
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #12
woo me with science Dec 2012 #11
Horse with no Name Dec 2012 #3
GreenPartyVoter Dec 2012 #6
Horse with no Name Dec 2012 #7
GreenPartyVoter Dec 2012 #8
riverwalker Dec 2012 #4
Still Blue in PDX Dec 2012 #9
Tien1985 Dec 2012 #10

Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:07 PM

1. Not that I rely on TV shows, but I remember an episode of House where this condition was the issue

It came to mind last night when I read this article. The episode featured a girl that could not feel pain, apparently is a real and rare medical condition.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:07 PM

2. That deficit HAS TO affect one's ability to be sympathetic and empathetic.

How can you feel others' pain when you can't feel pain yourself?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:13 PM

5. we're talking about physical pain here

There is a world of difference in having a rare condition where you have no pain receptors and are not able to feel physical pain and a mental/emotional problem where you may not feel mental/emotional pain or feel mental/emotional pain far too much.

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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:11 PM

12. As a child, I fully appreciated physical pain.

And I grew up not wanting to inflict the physical pain I experienced on another child, an adult, or an animal. The physical pain became a lesson in empathy and ethics.

That's what I'm talking about.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:15 PM

6. You can cry for the childhood he must have had as easily as for those he cut short.

I don't think there is any shame in that.

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:23 PM

8. I know, it's beyond horrible. *hugs*

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:11 PM

4. Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP)

could that be it? Any experts out there? How common is this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congenital_insensitivity_to_pain

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:29 PM

9. I didn't know that existed outside of Haven.

No excuse for what he did, but I suppose that kind of condition could added to any tendency toward sociopathy.

Seems ironic that all this has happened just days after I watched the documentary "A Culture of Fear" that reported how rare these occurrences are when you look at how sensationalized they become.

I wish the names of these monsters would go unreported and unglorified, but I also wish that someone would figure out how and why a person goes so wrong so it can be treated or helped before it happens.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:30 PM

10. This may be misleading

I worked with children with autism comorbid with persosnality disorders for a bit more than 5 years, and this is extremely common. Many of the kids I worked with don't experience pain in the same manner as neurotypical person might. Saying they don't feel pain is not accurate, but would likely be how we would explain it to another child who they might interact with.

I knew of a girl, for example, who was there in part because she put her hand on a stove while helping her mother cook, and did not realize it was burning her until her mother noticed and reacted. Same girl bonked her head getting out of a car and cried for quite a while (she was a teenager). Different, but not incapable.

This isn't to say that he didn't have something else going on, but this is what my experience was.

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