Wednesday, August 21, 2013

At Least No One Died

DECATUR, Ga. — Atlanta-area residents were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday while authorities were trying to determine why a man fired shots inside an elementary school a day earlier.
Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, was being credited with calming the gunman down and convincing him to surrender. She told ABC on Wednesday that the suspect, Michael Brandon Hill, told her he had recently stopped taking medication. She said he added that he was going to die -- along with police officers. No one was injured....
Hill's brother, Timothy, told ABC News that the suspect has "long history of medical disorders" including bipolar disorder, and was bound to "do something stupid."
Timothy Hill, 22, said he's not close to his brother and thinks he last saw him in January 2011. Hill, who said his brother once threatened to kill him, also said Michael Hill was taking drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as early as age 6.
I wonder if ADHD was the original diagnosis, but the right diagnosis was bipolar disorder?  My guess is that because ADHD used to be a very fashionable disorder for hard to control little kids, that's what he was diagnosed with, and treated for -- and of course, that would likely have been the wrong treatment for someone with bipolar disorder.

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