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VA Tech

Posted by Dr. Susan on April 20, 2007

The Tragedy of VA Tech has permeated the country. I was on FOX News last night, on Hannity and Colmes, discussing the profile of the murderer. Clearly, he was psychotic, probably schizophrenic. What is most upsetting to me is why his family didn’t pay attention to his psychiatric disorder long before he reached college. From the interviews with kids with whom he went to HS, he was depressed, disconnected and disconnected for years prior to this event–which most likely represented his first major break with reality. Had his family been paying close attention to his psychological state he might not even have been away at college. Then of course there is the University–the ‘red flags’ were clear. After stalking two girls he should have been kicked out of school, and not allowed back until he gave permission for his parents to be contacted. This would have alerted them to a problem–presumably they were paying his tuition. This may not have stopped him from coming back with a gun, but it surely would have lessened the likelihood of such a mass murder. Psychiatric disturbance needs to be taken seriously, often this is not done. As a nation we worry too much about money, about education and about politics, it’s time we paid attention to the mental health of our citizens too, for the good of us all!

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