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Psychoanalyst: 'Disturbed' Co-Pilot 'Should Not Have Been Flying'

By    |   Monday, 30 March 2015 12:06 PM

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had a significant history of mental health issues that should have kept him out of the cockpit, Dr. Heath King, psychoanalyst and former professor of interdisciplinary studies at Yale University, said Monday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"We know that anti-depressants were found in the co-pilot's medicine cabinet, but we also know in 2010 that he was given injections of an anti-psychotic drug," he said. "We're not just talking here about depression per se. Depression is a constellation of symptoms. It looks like he had episodic psychosis."

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"He locked himself in the bathroom, according to his girlfriend. He had nightmares of crashing, so you can see that in his unconscious this was fermenting. He was very disturbed and he really should not have been flying," King said.

"It used to be a rule that pilots, if they were on anti-depressants, not to speak of anti-psychotics, they wouldn't be flying. He should've been removed because he's endangering society."

Last week, Lubitz locked the airliner's captain out of the cockpit and then allegedly drove the plane into the side of the French Alps, killing all 150 people aboard.

Lubitz may have been experiencing side effects of the anti-depressants he was taking, suggested Dr. Lisa Palmer.

"Sometimes people become more numb, have insomnia types of issues," she said.

"Sometimes medications can cause problems with vision and the pilot also had problems with vision, so we don't know if his problems with vision were related to his psychotropic medication."

She also noted that the anti-depressants could take care of Lubitz's depression, but maybe not his anger.

"I believe that he had anger issues, control issues and feelings of being insignificant," she said. "I believe he wanted to make a statement and go down with a bang, which is what he did."

While Lubitz may have exhibited behaviors that could have tipped someone off to his mental instability, there's also a strong chance no one would have noticed anything, King said.

"As his girlfriend said, sometimes he was normal, sometimes he was off the wall. If there's a sociopathic component to that, not even the closest friends or family will notice that. They're very good at concealing their neurosis or psychosis."

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