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Psychologist says mental health services must be examined after Newtown shooting

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Since the Newtown shooting, there has been a lot of speculation about Adam Lanza's mental state.

While some say Lanza struggled with emotional and behavioral problems, one local psychologist says no specific diagnosis will answer the question of why it happened.

"We try to understand why and we fall back on something easy, like a label or a diagnosis, as a simplistic cause," says family psychologist Dr. Frank Doberman. "In all likelihood, we're going to see multiple causes for this."

Dr. Doberman says while Lanza's mental health has not yet been completely made clear, a label does not go hand-in-hand with the shooting spree he went on.

"The vast majority of individuals who have a mental health diagnosis or a developmental diagnosis, aggression or hurting people is not in any way a part of their behavior," says Dr. Doberman.

He says the horrendous tragedy did not just happen on Friday, there were likely many characteristics of violence beforehand, which is why Doberman says a bigger issue comes to light.

"At this point in time, a discussion of mental health, without a discussion of gun control, will bring us to the same places we've always been," says Doberman.

Doberman says mental health services is something that is lacking in the state and country.

Michael Carey, the parent of a mentally disabled child, who was killed at the hands of a direct care worker in 2007, says when his son was alive, access to proper services and doctors was not there.

Doberman echoes those sentiments.

"There is not enough services, there is not enough coordination of care," he says. "There is really very limited resources for the small segment of these populations who are aggressive. There is not an accessible system to access an emergency basis, or even or time."

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