Dissociative Amnesia And The Case Of Steven Kazmierczak

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Less Than Two Minutes On February 14, 2008, Steven Kazmierczak took less than two minutes to open fire on a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, killing five, injuring eighteen, and finally taking his own life. Although he had a history of mental illness, Kazmierczak had been given the Dean’s Award, the highest honor an undergraduate of NIU can receive, attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and sought counseling for his mental illness. From the outside, it appeared that he had taken control of his life, described as “being so nice he must be a mass murderer” by faculty members at NIU. To say the least, his killing spree and subsequent suicide came as a shock to those who knew him, and it is difficult…show more content…
According to DSM-5 and class notes, Dissociative Amnesia is confusion and failure to recall information or events related to a person’s own identity. Steven Kazmierczak always seemed to know who he was and what he was doing, depressed and anxious as he may be. He did not seem confused about his personal identity, and he did not struggle to recall any information at any time. He was a disturbed man, but he did not show any signs of Dissociative…show more content…
These medications made him gain excessive weight and contract serious acne, and they did not even prevent him from attempting suicide several more times. He was also placed in a group home when he was a young man but did not feel safe there. Group environments, medication, and the council he sought at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were not working for Kazmierczak, so the treatment option of Electroconvulsive Shock Therapy (ECT) seems to be appropriate. According to the textbook, ECT is used as a last resort for patients who suffer from Major Depression and may be seriously considering suicide. As someone who did not benefit from other types of treatment, Kazmierczak would have been a good candidate for the procedure. After being given a muscle relaxer, an anaesthetic, and being properly protected from the convulsions that would go through his body, a doctor would administer an electric through the

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