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Las Vegas shooter and link to personality disorder

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There are many theories and controversies as to why Paddock did what he did, one of them being that Paddock could of had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. There are many theories and controversies as to why Paddock did what he did, one of them being that Paddock could of had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness.
Paddock could have suffered from a severe personality disorder called malignant narcissism. Paddock could have suffered from a severe personality disorder called malignant narcissism.

As the investigation continues, we are still not sure why Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people and injuring 500 others at a Las Vegas concert on October 1st. We spoke to a local sociology professor and he sheds light on one of those possibilities. 

There are many theories and controversies as to why Paddock did what he did, one of them being that Paddock could of had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. Professor of Sociology at Ohio Northern University, Keith Durkin says making a direct link to Paddock and mental illness is irrational since there are millions of people living in society with mental illnesses. But, he does suggest Paddock could have suffered from a severe personality disorder called malignant narcissism. 

"There is a chance that Stephen Paddock had a very very serious type of personality disorder called malignant narcissist and wasn’t diagnosed.  mental illnesses casts such a wide net that I think it’s very important that we are specific. I think most people when they hear of mental illness we're talking about depression or anxiety that type of thing that everybody knows someone who is suffering with it. Malignant narcissist isn’t even in the same category it is antisocial traits and as a matter of fact they are now in neuroscience looking at brain scans for people who have malignant narcissism and They actually had some dysfunctions in the part of the brain that controls empathy so we believe rather than just a simple mental illness this is a psychiatric disorder involving the brain," says Durkin. 

Unfortunately, Durkin says a personality disorder like malignant narcissism is almost always diagnosed after the fact because there are no symptoms. 

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