“My opinions have been wrong.”
Mar 30, 2019
CNN – Broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said it was a “form of psychosis” that caused him to believe certain events — like the Sandy Hook massacre — were staged.
On December 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults were killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jones, who founded InfoWars.com and hosted a three-hour news-talk radio program which he said was carried on more than 160 stations, had repeatedly suggested in the past that the Sandy Hook shooting was a “giant hoax” carried out by crisis actors on behalf of people who oppose the Second Amendment.
InfoWars has also suggested the September 11 attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the US government.
Jones acknowledged the shooting was real during a sworn deposition he made recently as part of a defamation case brought against him by Sandy Hook victims’ families:
“And I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I’ve now learned a lot of times things aren’t staged,” he said. “So I think as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people.”
He said it was the “trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much” that caused him to distrust everything, “kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again.”
“So long before these lawsuits I said that in the past I thought everything was a conspiracy and I would kind of get into that mass group think of the communities that were out saying that,” he said. “And so now I see that it’s more in the middle… so that’s where I stand.”
The lawsuits against Jones
The broadcaster faces multiple lawsuits from families of students and educators killed in the Sandy Hook shooting … Read more.
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What Is Psychosis?
WebMD – When you lose touch with reality and see, hear, or believe things that aren’t real, doctors call that psychosis.
You may have delusions. That means you hold on to untrue or strange beliefs. You might also have hallucinations. That’s when you imagine you hear or see something that doesn’t exist.
Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness. A mental or physical illness, substance abuse, or extreme stress or trauma can cause it.
Psychotic disorders, like schizophrenia, are mental illnesses that involve psychosis that usually happens for the first time in the late teen years or early adulthood. Young people are especially vulnerable for reasons doctors don’t fully understand.
Even before the first episode psychosis (FEP), they may also show subtle signs of behavioral changes.
This is called the prodromal period and could last days, weeks, months.or even years.
What It’s Like
You can’t tell the difference between what’s real psychosis and what’s not. Also, your speech might be unclear and your behavior disorganized.
There are often warning signs leading up to psychosis. You may start to act differently. Your work or school performance could start to slip. You might also isolate yourself from others.
Doctors do not know exactly what causes psychosis, but there are many theories. In some people who have a biological vulnerability to developing psychosis, it may be triggered by too little sleep, some prescription medications, and abuse of alcohol or drugs like marijuana and LSD.
Traumatic events, like the death of a loved one or a sexual assault, can lead to psychosis in people who are vulnerable to it. So can traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Psychosis can also be a symptom of a mental illness, like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
You can see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or a social worker. If you or a loved one are concerned that you have had unexplained changes in your thinking and perception. They’ll find out what might have caused it and uncover any related conditions.
Doctors diagnose mental illnesses after ruling out other things that could be causing psychotic symptoms. Read more.