Essay about Schizophrenia, By James Holmes

729 Words Oct 24th, 2015 3 Pages
James Holmes shows the symptoms, the typical age of onset, and the risk factors of this brain disorder; schizophrenia. Holmes suffers from delusions of grandeur, a positive symptom of schizophrenia, because he thinks he is superior to others. Specifically, he convinced himself that he was the Joker in The Batman movie and had the power to kill people. Because Holmes had numerous similar physical attributes compared to the Joker, he also believed he carried the same powers as the fictional character (Cabrera, 2015). Because of his schizophrenia, he was not able to differentiate the Joker as a fictive villain from reality. Holmes also showed symptoms of hallucinations, another positive symptom of schizophrenia. Even though there are numerous categories of hallucinations, Holmes only shows auditory and visual hallucinations. His defense attorney, Daniel King, reports Holmes hearing voices in his head and vaguely mentions him seeing shadows during the mass murder (Steffen 2). Additionally according to Roger Depute, the chief of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit, Holmes also showed thinking disorganization, another positive symptom of schizophrenia. Individuals with this symptom have a difficult time processing and exhibiting formal thoughts. Depute specifically states, “His thought processes were so distorted that he began arguing to himself that his evil plan was actually doing good.” (Cullen 3) This quotation is important because it shows just how much Holmes disorganized…

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