UPDATE: Discovery Channel Gunman James Lee Possibly Paranoid Schizophrenic, Say Psych Experts
Discovery Channel gunman James Lee’s actions and the contents of the manifesto he is believed to have written lead mental health experts to believe he possibly suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
Although the psychologists and psychiatrists we talked to did not evaluate or treat Lee, they said their opinion was based on media reports and Lee’s written missive.
“He clearly had paranoid delusions or perceptions, and he was clearly psychotic,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chief of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
“This is a person that is delusional and has a thought disorder of some sort, and one kind of thought disorder is paranoid schizophrenia,” said George Pratt, past chairman of psychology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.