“It looks like someone in psychosis”, estimates Dr. Gilles Chamberland

The actions allegedly taken by Carl Girouard, accused of the two murders and five attempted murders committed in Quebec during the night of Halloween, suggest that the man was in psychosis at the time of the facts.

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At the very least, this is the opinion of Dr Gilles Chamberland, psychiatrist at the Institut Philippe-Pinel.

“The way he is dressed, the weapon used; it looks a lot like someone who is psychotic, ”he commented in an interview with LCN on Sunday.

“It’s strange. Why did you choose this city there? Why did you come all this way? Why did you do it like that? […] It just confirms what we think ”, he added.

The Quebec tragedy reminded him of the case of extreme psychosis that occurred in 2015. “It looks a lot like a crime that happened in Laval in 2015, where someone was walking in the street and had attacked passers-by with a hammer. , killing one and injuring two others, ”said Dr Chamberland.

Quebec police suggested on Sunday that Carl Girouard had a history of mental problems dating back to 2014. This does not mean that the system has failed to protect the population, pleaded the doctor.

“Unfortunately, illnesses in psychiatry can be recurrent. If treated well, they may go away, but may reappear later. […] When people are well stabilized, they are no more dangerous [que le reste de la population]», He exposed.

“In cases where psychosis takes hold of these patients, then they are no longer in reality. They can have missions from God, missions from the devil. […] They may hallucinate, hear voices that will tell what to do, and reinforce their delirium. It is very difficult for these individuals to come back to reality, ”continued Dr Chamberland.

The pandemic is also complicating the work of psychiatrists these days, said the doctor, explaining that it is more difficult to follow up if patients do not connect to their appointment online. Psychiatrists are also bound by professional secrecy, except in cases of extreme threats, he recalled.


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