In the wake of the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas this past Sunday, President Donald Trump referred to the act as a “mental health problem.”
Experts say that while some mass murderers do exhibit psychopathic or sociopathic behaviors, it’s a much different psychological manifestation than mental illness. So, what are the psychological links between mental illness and mass murderers, if one exists? And if there isn’t, what accounts for their behavior?
Judy Ho, associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University; she is also a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in Manhattan Beach, Calif.; she tweets @DrJudyHo
Dr. Michael Stone, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, specializing in personality disorders; he was the host of the Discovery Channel series “Most Evil” and is the author of “The Anatomy of Evil” (Prometheus Books, 2009)