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What Lubitz did doesn’t belong within a definition of depression
Of course it doesn't. He did not - whilst in an alleged depressive state - forget that he had 150 other people on the plane he was now "in charge of". Lubitz actions would seem to me to be the 'aerial' equivalent of a 'gun rampage', that its impulse lay within anger rather than depression?
I'm not talking about a person with explosive rage who requires anger management therapy, but the little guy in the background constantly having his efforts overlooked. His striving for excellence was not a striving for a sense of personal achievement, but to impress others and be rewarded and recognised for it. His depression would more than likely have arisen from the immense constant effort he was putting in to achieve the level of accomplishment he had set himself.
Psychologically, Lubitz held a narcissistic arrogance, one that enabled him to drop in an instance, the society of those whom he felt were worthless to his ambition. If Lubitz was anything, he was a sociopath (lacking empathy, and manipulating others as 'elements of use' for his ambition). His act of buying two Audis, one for himself and the other for his girlfriend, and then cancelling the one for his girlfriend, is an example of what I am trying to convey. By breaking the relationship she had with him, she effectively became worthless to him. Buying a car is not the way to win a heart back, but a sociopath would do so as an attempt to regain control of a relationship, by attempting to appeal to crass material instincts. I think the car buying was just a ruse, something he could use to say to his ex-girlfriend..."Look at what I did, look at how much I love you?"
On the plane, the captain excused himself to leave the cockpit with the words..."You are in charge." These words are (I feel) the trigger that inflated Lubitz's sense of self-importance, and it was a 'control' he had no intention of relinquishing. Once the captain was out the cockpit, Lubitz locked the door to maintain control, and then set the dials of the plane to express the level of control he now had in his hands. Every single person on that plane became nothing more than an element of Lubitz's ambition to 'change the system and be known'.
In Lubitz's mind, we as witnesses to the aftermath, are meant to view him not as a depressive, but as a martyr, along with the passengers. Whatever it was he wanted to change in the system, is the key to why he auto-piloted the plane into the mountain-side. He was handed the opportunity to express himself on a plate...and he took it!
Regarding the purported Germanwings crash of an Airbus 340 no sense can be made of it