Antidepressants Are Dangerous Drugs
We have all been exposed to the grim reality of mass shootings. Before the 1980s mass shootings were virtually unheard of. What a coincidence that a new class of antidepressant drugs called Selective Uptake Serotonin Inhibitors (SSRIs) also came out in the 1980s.
Statistically speaking, the media saturation of each mass shooting event has more to do with the “If it bleeds, it leads” ratings mentality, and a legacy media campaign to kill the Second Amendment with a thousand snarky news reports than it does genuine concern for trying to get to the root of the problem.
Even though the media go into hysterics each time a mass shooting happens, reality paints quite a different picture of what the real risks to our lives are. Police kill more people in a single year (over 1,000 last year) than all the mass shootings COMBINED since 1982, supposedly in the name of self defense. Statistically, you are far more likely to die at the hands of trigger-happy cops or something as simple as a fall in your home than a mass shooting.
The media also never tell you (perhaps because the pharmaceutical industry pays their bills via advertising) that SSRIs are connected to nearly all of the mass shootings. Thanks in part to the constant advertising, SSRIs have been a huge windfall for drug companies, as prescriptions have more than doubled from 11 million in 1998 to nearly 25 million today. Around 70% of people being prescribed antidepressants do not meet the official criteria for having depression.
Despite their financial success, SSRIs and other mood-altering drugs are disastrously correlated with mass shootings. Here is a partial listing of some of the most infamous mass shooters and the type of drugs they were on:
- Eric Harris of the infamous Columbine shooting was on Zoloft and later Luvox, both powerful SSRIs.
- Seung-Hui Cho was on Prozac before his Virginia Tech shooting spree. Prozac is the original SSRI.
- Jeff Weise was prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (3x the adult average starting dose) when he killed 10 people including his grandfather at Red Lake, MN.
- James Holmes was under the care of a psychiatrist when he killed 12 and wounded 58 in the Aurora, CO mass shooting. He was on Zoloft, another SSRI.
- Christopher Harper Mercer killed 10 people including himself in the Umpqua Community College shooting; he was diagnosed with autism and 2/3 of people with autism are medicated with SSRIs.
- Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed the airliner he was he pilot of, killing 144 people. Lubitz was taking an unnamed antidepressant.
- Adam Lanza, who perpetrated the Sandy Hook mass shooting remains a mystery because the State of Connecticut refused to release his prescription records stating “it would stop a lot of people from taking their medications.” With that statement, the question is virtually answered.
In his book Medication Madness, Dr. Peter Breggin describes how drugs like SSRIs cause everything from mass shootings to suicide to emotional breakdown.
Increased Suicide Risk
Changing brain chemistry with pharmaceuticals is risky business. Unfortunately, these drugs are being marketed to teens and young adults at an ever-increasing rate. Here is what one scientific study found about young patients who use SSRIs.
Researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center, and University College London, analyzed 70 trials of the most common antidepressants, involving more than 18,000 people. They found that SSRI antidepressant drugs doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behavior in teens under 18 years of age.
And yet another scientific study yielded these worrying results.
Antidepressants have also been linked to akathisia, which is extreme restlessness and an inability to sit still. The discomfort can be so great that suicide becomes a welcome alternative to feeling this type of agitation. Sometimes akathisia is misdiagnosed as worsening depression, so medication dosage is increased, causing the restlessness to [get even worse.]
In another study in which tested antidepressants against a control group of placeboes, the suicide risk also doubled.
Some data suggest mania and emotional breakdown affects a startling 10-15% of patients who begin taking SSRIs. This is due in part to the way they alter nerve cells in the brain.
A recent scientific study by the University of Louisville Depression Center concluded that any initial improvements are often followed by treatment resistance and worsening depression. They say worsening depression [and mood disorders] are caused by continued administration of the antidepressant. They hypothesize that “dendrite arborization” — an increased branching growth of nerve cells — caused by chronic antidepressant exposure, may be the cause.
The University of Louisville study shows SSRIs bring about chemical dependency. Needless to say, changing the way nerve cells connect in the brain and making them chemically dependent is inherently dangerous.
How SSRIs Work
SSRIs are powerful mood altering drugs that affect serotonin and dopamine chemistry in the brain. Here is how they affect brain chemistry.
SSRIs block the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Changing the balance of serotonin seems to help brain cells send and receive chemical messages, which in turn boosts mood.
The temporary mood alteration depends on taking the antidepressant on time, every time and in the right dosage. If a patient misses a pill, takes an extra one, or goes off the medication the effects on brain chemistry can be dangerous. Emotional breakdowns, suicides, or even mass shootings can result as mood-controlling chemicals in the brain are thrown off balance.
SSRIs are currently used to treat everything from depression to anxiety to personality disorders. An incredible 1 in 10 people are on this medication in America! SSRIs also have other serious side affects in addition to their correlation with mass shootings, suicides, and emotional breakdowns, according to Drug Watch.
SSRIs have a number of common side effects, including sexual side effects – a repressed libido, erectile dysfunction and difficult achieving orgasm, for men and women. Fatigue, weight loss, apathy, insomnia, headaches and pupil dilation are among the other most-reported side effects.
Often, something other than a pill is what patients really need.
Treating Causes, Not Symptoms
Dr. Breggin has long spoken out about the need to a return to the fundamentals of psychiatry and not whipping out the prescription pad and telling people to pop a magic pill every time they need help. In an interview, he also touched on the social isolation inherent in today’s society:
What really helps people is a good, solid, caring relationship with somebody. I think we need to get back to good, solid human relationships as a way of helping people.
Breggin also says the interaction of SSRIs with brain chemicals is similar to several illicit street drugs:
From agitation and hostility to impulsivity and mania, the FDA’s litany of antidepressant-induced behaviors is identical to that of PCP, methamphetamine and cocaine—drugs known to cause aggression and violence. These older stimulants and most of the newer antidepressants cause similar effects as a result of their impact on serotonin.
Making matters worse, once a patient starts a course of antidepressants, they are often as hard to quit as illegal street drugs.
Getting Off Of SSRIs
Once one has started taking the drugs, brain chemistry is altered in such a way that irritability, agitation, and the risks of suicide and violence soar. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe. The drugs often have to be tapered off once chemical dependency has set in.
Perhaps the best idea is to stay off them in the first place.
The medical-pharmaceutical complex and the marionettes in the media tell people the answer to all their problems is a trip to the doctor and a pill. What many patients really need is to remove the stimulus that is causing the depression or other psychological problem, whether it be overwork, family problems, loneliness, or any other host of issues that have arisen in our increasingly isolated society. Dr. Breggin preaches this, but for other doctors telling people to pop a pill is preferable to getting to the root of the problem.
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