023 Discussing Healthcare: Mass murders and psychiatric illness

David Dastrup LMFT, LISAC

David Dastrup LMFT, LISAC

David Dastrup is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor.  He has cared for patients in many settings, including: clinics, emergency departments, and hospitals.  David has worked independently and with psychiatrists.  He has great insight into the state of psychiatric care in our country.

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Gabrielle Giffords, Aurora and now Fort Hood.  What links all of these people and places?  Psychiatric illness and mass murders.  Young men with psychiatric illness were responsible for killing and injuring innocent people for no apparent reason.

Why? Nobody knows.

How do we stop it from happening? Nobody knows.

But, we can start talking about mental health more openly.  Our society can begin to look at mental illness as a medical condition like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.  We can be more aware of the signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders.

Phoenix VA

The Phoenix VA has been brought into the public spotlight as physician who worked there claims that the care is substandard.  Specifically, the claim is that the VA has long wait times to see a physician and as a result patients have been harmed and potentially died.  The Arizona Republic covered this story in an article titled “Deaths at VA Hospital may be Tied to Delayed Care.”

This is a very important story because we are looking at government-run healthcare.  Is this what you want for your healthcare? I think we need to watch this story closely and demand that the government investigate the VA healthcare system for corruption.


About the Author

I am Joshua Lewis, MD, the creator of Discussing Healthcare, LLC and a board certified Emergency Physician who currently practices in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I hope you will gain meaningful insight into our healthcare system through the information provided by Discussing Healthcare. Thank you for your interest and I encourage you to contribute by calling, emailing, or leaving comments on the website.

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