There has been an increase in the frequency of news stories about crimes involving an alleged culprit who claims to "hear voices." The alleged shooter in the recent Washington Navy Yard shooting was reported to have "heard voices" that told him what to do. There are many others, including the alleged Aurora Theater gunman. In an Oct. 4 article in the NY Daily News, the story of Miriam Carey's history of mental illness which precipitated her flight from the law and eventual shooting by the DC police is detailed.
Reportedly, Carey, also suffering with post-partum depression, was hearing voices, and this particular voice she thought belonged to President Obama. While only a qualified psychiatric professional could begin to evaluate a person's mental condition, the potential reasons behind this phenomenon merit consideration. Could there possibly be a link to the synthetic drug epidemic?
"Hearing voices" is a common occurrence among people with paranoid schizophrenia. According to Medical News Today, most other types of schizophrenia can also have auditory hallucinations. Of course, the majority of those who “hear voices” never commit violent acts, but sadly, many do. Mayo Clinic.com explains that no single symptom can nail down a schizophrenia diagnosis, other mental illnesses can also manifest as "hearing voices."
Synthetic drugs such as spice, synthetic marijuana, and bath salts, a kind of synthetic cocaine, have been determined to mimic schizophrenic behavior. According to ABC50.com, "hearing voices, hallucinations, and extreme paranoia" are all possible even after only a one-time use. Some of the effects of synthetic drugs are very frightening and long-lasting.
Geraldo Rivera reported on Fox News on Oct. 4 that there were some drugs found in Carey’s condominium, although he wasn’t sure if she was using them or conducting a business after the loss of her dental hygienist job.
Could there be a connection between the increasing problem of synthetic drugs and all the crimes being committed by people who "hear voices" telling them to do these things?
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