HOW DOES ADVOCACY HELP A TEACHER?

(Heather Lascano, CEO, Neuro Touch Inc.)children 2

The afternoon was rather warm, almost uncomfortably so.  The parking lot was just starting to clear following the bus and parent carpool line activity. The office staff was already chatting about the evening plans and upcoming weekend while I sat waiting to be given my badge sticker marking me as a visitor on campus.

Why was I at the school? To advocate.

When I meet new people and tell them that I advocate for children with learning delays – the automatic assumption is that the work is done solely with the child and the direct parent(s). While that is not incorrect I do want to clarify. In my work experience – I advocate within the ‘circle of influence’ of a child. This means that I coordinate conversations with coaches, other professionals, tutors, babysitters, extended family members, teachers, and principals. Not just the immediate caregivers.

On this day, I was meeting with 2 teachers in their classrooms. Teacher #1 was quiet, well-versed, passionate in her work, thoughtfully prepared with samples/files, and fairly open to the conversation. Teacher #2 – let’s just politely state that she was not excited to meet me.  The child we were coming together to discuss (on the teacher’s own time I should add) was that of a girl, aged 10, who had an array of academic challenges. These sticky points sometimes bled into the typical behaviors witnessed in classrooms, but overall, she was a lovely and mindful young lady.

Teacher #2 went first because she made it known that she was irritated that I was there to tell her how to teach or work with a child in her class. I spent time asking a great deal about her training, her background, what she liked/disliked, how long she had been a teacher – I wanted to get to know her and relate to the unique experiences she had. Moving on, I got full descriptions on what the typical day was in the classroom. We discussed areas that were challenging for the girl and the class, how much assistance (and in what form) was given, what she felt comfortable in doing/trying, how previous meetings may have gone, and what sort of time constraints and pressures she had daily and weekly. Teacher #1 did the same. I then asked them both to share with me the top priority issue they wanted to resolve. We went through several options and I focused on those that would be best to try first (based on information shared with me prior to the meeting). Two goals were set for the following week; with follow-ups according to each of their schedules. Her parents received a general review of the meeting so that they were informed of what was planned.

When we reconvened one month later, teacher #2 met me in the office and walked me back to the classroom. She was very pleased with the outcomes so far and was eager to tell me all the details! Teacher #1 joined in and we openly discussed another goal setting and meeting (via phone). The fantastic thing that was sparked – both teachers had gotten together to ‘think tank’ some ideas to add to the entire classroom based on ideas we had discussed together. The teachers had started to communicate much more freely between one another as well.

Why was I at the school? To advocate.

To support the ‘circle of influence’ between the teachers for the little girl (and her classmates). That support helped to open up the communication between and with other educators, to foster the sharing of ideas, and impact the learning of the child. That is precisely what I seek to do when I advocate. Support.

In the role of advocate, Mrs. Lascano draws upon experiences utilizing sensory motor movement, brain development, coaching, parenting tips, positive psychology, and outside-the-box tools. Connections between Neuro Touch Inc. and other local professionals ensures additional options and resources can be provided to those who are seeking help for a child or family concern.

Neuro Touch Inc.          ‘’bridging connections in education’’         www.synapse-sync.org

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Why Expand Psychiatry with Involuntary Commitment?

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Each time a citizen goes on an unpredicted shooting spree we hear pleas for more involuntary commitment laws and programs.

Psychiatry has been playing a fiddle tune entitled “If he’d only gotten proper mental health care in time this tragedy could have been avoided” for so long that its become an annoying out-of-tune screech.

The facts almost invariably show us that the person on a rampage had already been under psychiatric care and medication for some time prior to losing all control and committing a violent act.

WSUF here in Tampa, Florida was quick to publish an NPR story entitled “The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment” following the shootings at the University of California, Santa Barbara by Elliot Rodger in which he killed six people and then himself.

NPR claims this Rodger’s attack is “renewing focus on programs aimed at requiring treatment for people who are mentally ill as a way to prevent mass shootings and other violence.”

California has Laura’s Law enacted in 2002 which allows government authorities to require outpatient mental health care to those who have been voluntarily refusing it. Involuntary outpatient care was intended to be a more palatable program to feed to the public compared to a program of direct involuntary commitment into a psychiatric facility.

NPR laments that it hasn’t been too popular and that only 2 counties in California (Nevada and Orange) have implemented the program and there is no state funding for it.

In Nevada County, Judge Tom Anderson, a big supporter of the program, commented, “The beauty of the program — the wonderment of it to me — is that roughly about 60 percent of the people that they do outreach to, where they go out to intervene after a person has been referred, voluntarily accept services at that time.”

Even he is surprised someone would agree to psychiatric care!

The real truth is that psychiatric mental health care invariably harms the person whether it is provided in an out patient setting or inside a psychiatric ward or hospital facility.

What benefit could possibly come from prescribing mind numbing drugs or electroshock treatments? And how could these treatments protect the public and prevent violent psychotic rages and murders by these victims?

Clearly psychiatric care doesn’t prevent these acts. It quite likely creates them.

In fact, Laura’s Law is named for Laura Wilcox who worked at California’s Nevada County Behavioral Health clinic. She was killed when a patient named Scott Harlan Thorpe came to his appointment and opened fire in the clinic killing her and another clinic worker.  Authorities said they believed Thorpe was unhappy with the mental health care he received at the county clinic.

Early press reports said nothing about Mr. Thorpe refusing treatment. The reports said he was undergoing treatment at the mental health clinic where he killed two people. The treatment was for agoraphobia (fear of public crowds). But his mother said he had been also diagnosed for depression and anxiety.

Five months after the shooting, the LA Times published a story, “A Case Against Liberty” by Alex Raksin and Bob Sipchen. These authors claimed for the first time in the press that Thorpe was refusing to take his medications. This story won them a Pulitzer Prize. It was followed by lots of press claiming Laura’s Law could have prevented the murders by forcing this known mentally ill man to take his medications. But at Thorpe’s trial in 2003, his defense psychologist, Donald Stembridge, testified that at the time of the shooting Thorpe was taking his prescribed anti-depressants, and that these anti-depressants “would have worsened his condition”.

Even Laura Wilcox’s parents testified that the law wouldn’t have worked for Thorpe because he didn’t meet criteria for treatment under provisions of the new law.

Yet the law was passed following a rash of such news stories quoting the proponents of involuntary commitment and the claim that Thorpe had refused to take his medications.

It’s a familiar pattern in the USA – the press under pressure from psychiatry, drug companies and politicians on the mental health band wagon fail to report that a mass killer was on psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from them. Then it’s easy to call for more mental health prevention programs.

In the early news reports by the LA Times it was stated that Eliot Roger had resisted taking any psychiatric medications. The paper quoted a family friend…”he had been in therapy since childhood. He was prescribed psychotropic drugs but declined to take them

But after Elliot turned 18, he started rejecting mental health care that his family provided, Krentzman said. “He turned his back on all of it,” he said. “At some point, your kid becomes an adult.”

But a few weeks later the true story came out in other publications including press in the UK.

Elliot Rodger‘s parents Peter & Li Chin spoke to law enforcement officials stating that their son had been taking Xanax in the days before the horrific murders and that it had been prescribed by a family doctor. After researching the side affects of Xanax, the Rodgers feared Elliot could have been abusing the anti-anxiety medication. They also believe the tranquilizer “made him more withdrawn, lonely, isolated, and anxious.”

“Elliot had been taking Xanax for awhile, according to his parents … there were fears he might have been addicted to it, or taking more than was prescribed,” a law enforcement source told RadarOnline.com. “The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department will be conducting formal interviews with Elliot’s doctors, and will review his medical and prescription drug records.

Ironically, sheriff’s deputies visited Elliot weeks earlier at his family’s request. Shirley Jahad reported that the deputies spoke to Rodger and didn’t think he qualified for a “5150″ detention, which would have put him under psychiatric care for 72 hours. They said he was “Courteous and polite.” and “timid and shy.”

Elliot described the April 30th visit by six deputies differently in the long email he left behind:

“I heard a knock on my apartment door. I opened it to see seven police officers asking for me.” He wrote that “the biggest fear I had ever felt in my life overcame me.”

He had three semi-automatic weapons in his bedroom and had written up plans for his assault.

“I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room.. that would have ended everything,” “For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me.”

Xanax is far from an innocent tranquilizer. It has these potential side effects:

—    Rage and hostility

—    Aggression – including assault

—    Violence

—    Suicides

—    Hallucinations

—    Thinking about harming yourself or trying to do so

—    Unusual changes in behavior or mood

—    Homicidal behavior

—    Unusual risk-taking behavior

—    Decreased inhibitions

—    No fear of danger

—    Withdrawal

Calling for easier Involuntary Commitment Laws is folly when such drugs are the required mental health treatment.

Janet Napolitano, is an experienced government official. She served as Attorney General of Arizona, Governor of Arizona, and Secretary of Homeland Security before taking her current job as President of the University of California. After giving the commencement speech at Laney College in Oakland, CA, she commented on the Elliot Rodger shooting at UC Santa Barbara.

“This is almost the kind of event that’s impossible to prevent and almost impossible to predict.”

That’s where proponents of involuntary commitment find themselves today – unable to predict and unable to prevent.

 

http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/divide-over-involuntary-mental-health-treatmenthttp://feptopp.com/2014/01/29/some-questions-about-the-history-of-lauras-law/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/26/316092467/parents-of-elliot-rodger-heard-of-attack-as-they-tried-to-stop-him

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-frantic-parents-isla-vista-shootings-20140525-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-isla-vista-main-20140526-story.html#page=1

 

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HOW DOES ADVOCACY HELP MY CHILD? (Heather Lascano, CEO, Neuro Touch Inc.)

adhdMom A got calls weekly and then daily as a result of extreme behavior from her daughter in school. Tantrums. Refusals to join in on the group work. Failure to follow the daily activities for all children. Then came the fights at home with siblings. There was already talk of retention and the family was becoming overwhelmed with the emotion of this little girl. Keep in mind, this child was 4 years of age.

Mom B was called into the office of the Assistant VP at school nearly every other day for a full 5 months. Her daughter was unable to play appropriately with class mates. Lunch was almost impossible to get through. Family members were at a loss. They didn’t know what to do with the medical terms given, the medicines discussed, and they felt like no plan was offered.  This child was almost 6 years old.

Mom C had changed her son’s school 3 times. He was born with some medical issues (physical) but was otherwise quite intelligent; close to gifted. He refused to read in class. Task avoidance was random and at times, highly emotional. Teachers saw that he was struggling but were challenged with how to help him without taking time away from the class. Mom was trying a lot of options from therapy, to foods, to herbs. This child was 8 years of age.

Each family may sound very similar.  You may be surprised to know that the approach with each one was incredibly different – none involved medication. The important focus: address the unique needs and challenges of the child, identify the roles of each person involved, and devise an easy (acceptable) series of steps to put into play.

Heather Lascano , CEO of Neuro Touch Inc. (www.synapse-sync.org), provided help with educational and advocacy supports to each of these families. The first step: a private one-on-one meeting to review medical input, progress reports, teacher updates, development history, family accounts, and methods attempted. Together, options were discussed, and an agreed plan of action was made. The actions typically involved 1-2 homework tools to try. Each week, the plan of action was discussed and modified as needed. When asked, Heather met with the teachers to address what was being done at home, how the teacher could help to support it, learn what went on in class, and answer any questions.

What were the outcomes? Mom A: One meeting and nearly a complete turnaround in just 3 days! The teachers were amazed and so was mom. There was a significant shift in stress of the home. Mom B: through several home visits, 3 school visits, and a series of phone calls, her daughter became calm, learned appropriate play, joined play dates with others, and started smiling a lot more. Mom C: following the one-to-one meeting, her son was more fully assessed by a referred local professional and is now in an intense therapy program to help several vision-related challenges. The program was initiated in early summer to instill dramatic changes before the new school year starts.

With a growing number of children being diagnosed with learning issues (academic or behavior), the education of children is becoming overwhelming. Overwhelming for parents, for teachers, for administrators, and other related professionals in our communities. In the role of advocate (for parent, child, or educator), Mrs. Lascano draws upon experiences utilizing sensory motor movement, brain development, coaching, parenting tips, positive psychology, and outside-the-box tools. Connections between Neuro Touch Inc. and other local professionals ensures additional options and resources can be provided to those who are seeking help for a child or family concern.

Neuro Touch Inc.          ‘’bridging connections in education’’         www.synapse-sync.org

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Psychotropic Drugs – Lobotomies In a Pill

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince the introduction of Thorazine in 1954 psychiatry and drug companies have rolled out a never ending stream of psychotropic drugs to replace the dramatic surgical procedures known as lobotomies. These so-called psychotropic medications have been called “chemical lobotomies” and proven to be just that.

But what is a lobotomy?

In the 1930’s neurologists got the idea that mental health could be improved by psychosurgery. Antonio Egas Moniz in Portugal and Gottlieb Burckhardt in Switzerland experimented with drilling holes in a patient’s skulls and injecting pure alcohol to destroy brain tissue thus adjusting mental conditions.

Psychiatrist Walter Freeman working in the US invented a quicker and more profitable method and named it the lobotomy.

Freeman believed that an overload of emotions led to mental illness and “that cutting certain nerves in the brain could eliminate excess emotion and stabilize a personality.”

His technique went like this – “As those who watched the procedure described it, a patient would be rendered unconscious by electroshock. Freeman would then take a sharp ice pick-like instrument, insert it above the patient’s eyeball through the orbit of the eye, into the frontal lobes of the brain, moving the instrument back and forth. Then he would do the same thing on the other side of the face.”

Freeman toured the country’s mental hospitals with great media attention and performed about 2,500 lobotomies in his career, once performing the operation on 25 women in a single day. Something like 40,000 to 50,000 lobotomies were done in the United States in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

The Soviet Union banned the surgery in 1950, arguing that it was “contrary to the principles of humanity.” Other countries, including Germany and Japan, banned it, too, but lobotomies continued to be performed on a limited scale in the United States, Britain, Scandinavia and several western European countries well into the 1980’s.

Freeman eventually lost his license when one of his patients came back for her third lobotomy. Freeman did the surgery and severed a blood vessel in her brain. Three days later she died. The hospital then revoked Freeman’s surgical privileges and he went into retirement, soon to die of cancer.

In 2005 National Public Radio did a show featuring Howard Dully a man who had been lobotomized at the age of 12 by Walter Freeman.

Dully said, “If you saw me you’d never know I’d had a lobotomy. The only thing you’d notice is that I’m very tall and weigh about 350 pounds. But I’ve always felt different — wondered if something’s missing from my soul. I have no memory of the operation, and never had the courage to ask my family about it. So two years ago I set out on a journey to learn everything I could about my lobotomy.”

The radio program uncovered Freeman’s notes and files on the case and helped to reveal what happened to Howard Dully and why it was done.

Howard Dully’s mother had died of cancer when he was 5. Dully says, “My stepmother hated me. I never understood why, but it was clear she’d do anything to get rid of me.”

Freeman wrote in his notes that the step-mother feared Howard and called him defiant and savage, stating that the 12 year old boy …”Doesn’t react either to love or to punishment. He objects to going to bed but then sleeps well. He does a good deal of daydreaming and when asked about it he says ‘I don’t know.’ He turns the room’s lights on when there is broad sunlight outside. He hates to wash.”

Sounds like good reason for a lobotomy!

Sure enough, Freeman then writes on Nov. 30, 1960, “Mrs. Dully came in for a talk about Howard. Things have gotten much worse and she can barely endure it. I explained to Mrs. Dully that the family should consider the possibility of changing Howard’s personality by means of transorbital lobotomy.”

Two and a half weeks after the boy’s lobotomy, Freeman wrote: “I told Howard what I’d done to him… and he took it without a quiver. He sits quietly, grinning most of the time and offering nothing.”

Howard Dully says that when his step-mother realized the operation “didn’t turn me into a vegetable, she got me out of the house. I was made a ward of the state.”

But isn’t this just ancient psychiatric treatment history and longer in use?

Unfortunately, it is not. The truth is that the use of psychotropic drugs has greatly expanded the number of such victims by replacing the messy physical lobotomies with tidier chemical lobotomies.

From the start psychiatrists knew what antipsychotic drugs were doing.

The two pioneers of Thorazine, Delay and Deniker, said about small doses of the drug in 1952:  “Sitting or lying, the patient is motionless in his bed, often pale and with eyelids lowered. He remains silent most of the time. If he is questioned, he answers slowly and deliberately in a monotonous and indifferent voice; he expresses himself in a few words and becomes silent”.

A 1950 textbook described the “lobotomylike” impact of Thorazine, and in 1958, Noyes and Kolb summarized in Modern Clinical Psychiatry“If the patient responds well to the drug, he develops and attitude of indifference both to his surroundings and to his symptoms”.

In other words the drugs didn’t remove the symptoms – they just dulled the patient’s awareness and interest in them and left them in apathy.

Whether done by surgery or a psychotropic drug there is a disruption in the functioning of the frontal lobes that results in the same effect – a greatly reduced person with loss of memory and a reduction of awareness of self and the environment. Hence, the common description of these victims as “vegetables” – a body with very little mind or personality left.

“The blunting of conscious motivation, and the inability to solve problems under the influence of chlorpromazine (Thorazine) resembles nothing so much as the effects of frontal lobotomy. . . Research has suggested that lobotomies and chemicals like chlorpromazine may cause their effects in the same way, by disrupting the activity of the neurochemical, dopamine. At any rate, a psychiatrist would be hard put to distinguish a lobotomized patient from one treated with chlorpromazine.” - Peter Sterling, neuroanatomist, article Psychiatry’s Drug Addiction, New Republic magazine (March 3, 1979)

Kids today are given antipsychotics to change their hyperactive or defiant behavior. The reason they quiet down is that antipsychotics act on the frontal lobe of the brain – exact same area effected by a surgical lobotomy.

Dr. Peter Breggin, who publicly decries the use of antipsychotics in children, has this to say: “We have a national catastrophe. This is a situation where we have ruined the brains of millions of children…These are lobotomizing drugs. Of course, they will reduce all behavior, including irritability.”

Gone are family or spiritual counseling – a pill is quicker.
Yet, dozens of scientific studies with animals and human autopsies demonstrate conclusively that actual shrinkage of the brain is caused by these drugs. Medical science knows this but the public is kept in the dark about it. These neuroleptics and antidepressants frequently make people look and act apathetic, zombie-like as if they’ve been lobotomized — even at moderate or low doses.

The reality of what it’s like to experience a chemical lobotomy is best described in the word of patients who have suffered through treatment with these drugs.

 

  1. “I was diagnosed bipolar at 18 – my psychiatrist prescribed me Seroquel, (an antipsychotic) I took Seroquel for four months in the dose she recommended. At first it rendered me completely devoid of personality, energy and interest in people/anything. I was a zombie. Luckily I began to develop a tolerance about a month in and it didn’t have quite as stifling negative affects, but still made me lethargic and apathetic. I also continually had terrifying nightmares and became anorexic.To this day this drug disgusts me. It is used to sedate lunatics and shut people up just like they used to when the mentally ill were socially ostracized. The best way to describe this drug is a chemical lobotomy.”

2.  “I was a very, very, very passionate person prior to Celexa.(an SSRI) I was passionate about everything, my marriage, my job, my country. I couldn’t hear our national anthem without stopping and feeling the hairs on the back of my neck stand straight up. 14 years in the Army National guard, I was very into my career with them too. I was passionate about running, about my relationship with (and this will probably sound wierd) my dog. I miss all of these things. I hope they all come back to me. They were very much the bricks in the foundation of my life and I feel like they are gone. When I say I want the old me back, I mean the person who was passionate, the person who loved and was loved. The driven person who saw what he wanted and went out and got it. That was all taken from me with the introduction of Celexa in my life. I just want it back.”

3. “I’ve been in an extremely peculiar state for the past 8 months after stopping Wellbutrin/buproprion (an Antidepressant). I have literally lost everything inside of me and no longer have a sense of “inner being”. My personality has been completely erased, along with the inner psyche I’ve spent a lifetime building. When I attempt to “look inside”, it is impossible because there is literally nothing there. Everything that made up my specific sense of personal being is gone, including my hopes, fears, dreams, goals, opinions, values, morals, likes/dislikes, and most strikingly, all emotions and feelings.

I have no feelings associated with past events, and no emotional connections with      anything in the world. Specific emotions that defined my personal sense of being are no longer there. People, places, things and events that I thought were etched in my soul as having significance no longer mean a thing. Absolutely nothing, I can’t stress this enough.

I am unable to look backward or forward, have no sense of past accomplishments and no desire for future ones. The strangest thing is, I cannot feel anything toward being in this state, as that part of me is gone too. It’s like a recursive erasure of everything I ever was, am, and will be.

It doesn’t feel like life is a conscious experience that I am having anymore, as there is no inner construct within me to absorb an experience on any level. I see, hear, touch, and smell, yet each of these is so devoid of emotional content that they don’t coalesce into anything meaningful I can call a human consciousness. My sense of being has been replaced by a constant void of nothingness that is unchanging, 24/7, I feel nothing towards the nothingness. It is not like feeling empty inside, there is no inside to feel empty within.

4. “I tell you, I never had a problem before Celexa. I just want to be back to me. I want to no longer be the pitiful creature it made me. I want to be me. The old me. I want myself back. Life isn’t worth living with this new person holding my thoughts and feelings hostage. I have been off Celexa since last year. I JUST WANT ME BACK. These are bad for our brains, they change our personalities. I want my life back, and don’t want even my worst enemy to experience what I have been through. These people have no love for their fellow man. ..”Depression hurts”,said the commercial, I never knew depression till after Celexa. I have been through hell, therefore hell exists.”

5. “What I don’t understand is how a drug could completely erase me as a human being. What I’m experiencing is not depression but a permanent change in my consciousness that literally destroyed my humanity. All the parts that made up my being are literally gone. I don’t understand how this is even possible, or what (if anything) I can do to change it.”

6. “I’m 25 yrs old. I used to be a bodybuilder, avid fisherman, used to drag race, and enjoy the great outdoors. USED TO.

I was on Effexor (SSRI) for about 3 yrs.

I have never in life felt so sick. I would not wish this on anyone, not even my enemy. The first 3 months were hell. dizziness, nausea, fatigue, bad memory, brain zaps, you name it I had it. I couldn’t even walk sometimes.

I fought and fought and it is now 7 months that I am clean off this horrible so called drug.

To this day, 7 MONTHS later, I am left with weakness, bad memory, and horrible coordination.

I can no longer workout, all my muscles went down, I have no energy to do what I liked to do in my life. I cannot function or remember things at work. I am useless. If it wasn’t my cousin’s place, I would have been fired along time ago.

In my opinion, Effexor has left me permanent damage. This drug has changed my life for the worse and every night I cry, because I feel that this medicine has severely left me damaged. My doctor has no idea what to do”

7. “My withdrawal from Seroxat/Paxil (SSRI) .I became very aggressive on the stuff (many arrests and court appearances), and on some days I could pop valium without it making the slightest bit of difference. When I decided it would be a clever move to stop taking it and put up with a few days of flu-like symptoms, I found out what withdrawal was really like.

I slashed at my arms, I rolled around on the floor, screaming, because everything felt raw and when the police were called I freaked out completely and brandished a knife at them.

Needless to say, I escaped jail by a hair’s breadth. When I ended up in ER, following a dose of pepper spray in my face, I begged for Seroxat and the doc just laughed in my face and said they weren’t running a pharmacy. They did not believe there was such a thing as SSRI/SNRI withdrawal syndrome. I think they still don’t.

In the cell, waiting for the court appearance, I had the worst shakes and weird feelings (having two heads, having my head swell to the size of a water melon). The junky I shared the cell with said: “Wow, what are you on?

8. “Please consider this before commenting on antidepressants in a positive way.

About 10 years ago, the medical school at a major university began to notice a large number of cadavers coming in (for the medical students to work on) which had indented and calcified frontal lobes in their brains.

Puzzled by this, they went through the life history of each cadaver that had this anomaly, and discovered that in every case, the person had been on SSRI antidepressants.

The level of brain damage indicated that each of the cadavers had been lobotomized.

The people who drew the connection between the calcified and collapsed frontal lobes (the part of the brain which contains your soul) and antidepressants received offers of money to keep it secret, and when they chose to go public anyway, received anonymous death threats against their families and children if they ever went public.

I have seen many people get destroyed by antidepressants, all the while they said all was well. Invariably they go down the toilet as they eventually move toward complete and total emotional and personality flatline.”

It’s time the public at large realized that the antipsychotics and antidepressants so glibly passed out by psychiatrists do nothing but destroy people.

Dorothy Parker, a top New York city poet and writer said it best when she wrote her often quoted comment, “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.”

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http://www.wired.com/2010/11/1112first-lobotomy/

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http://listverse.com/2009/06/24/top-10-fascinating-and-notable-lobotomies/

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http://theyellowbrickroadfreeblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/want-a-chemical-lobotomy-take-antidepressants/

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Psychiatry: A Belief System Destroying our Society

Pills on SpoonPsychiatry, it may be validly argued, is simply a belief system. In fact, many of their most treasured DSM disorders were voted on by conference participants. There is no proof of the existence of ADD or ADHD, and absolutely no valid medical test for a single one of their so-called mental diseases.

On the other hand, according to the JRSM (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine) both psychiatry and psychology do a lot of “outreach” activity, designed to pull “the needy” into their embrace, much like religions throughout the ages.

They also organize vast campaigns designed to convince parents and family members that their loved ones are in desperate need of their treatment. They distribute literature, they buy expensive advertising, they hold seminars.

To quote from the JRSM article: “Like the more zealous religions in times past, the idea that some of the uninitiated may actually be enjoying quite satisfactory lives is rarely entertained.”

In a further analogous look at psychiatry as a religion, the article identifies psychiatry as a sort of priesthood, with the “laity” following their lead. A priest goes through many years of training, a psychiatrist likewise goes through years of arcane (understood by few; mysterious or secret-Google definition) training, setting them apart from the public.

And when a psychiatrist rebels against the standard “sacraments” of this cult (drugging, electroshock, lobotomies) he or she is “excommunicated” and punished via job offers rescinded, ignored books and attempted ruining of careers. Peter Breggin, well known critic of psychiatric harm and Thomas Szasz, who argued against the reality of so-called mental illness are examples of psychiatry’s close-mindedness.

Unlike actual major religions, the intention of psychiatry is not spiritual enlightenment or belief in a higher power. The psychiatrist offers no spiritual succor.

What he does offer (psychotropic drugging) has ruined lives by the thousands, destroyed families, caused countless birth defects, unleashed mass murderers on innocents and confused millions into believing that he has the answer to mental anguish.

Despite the psychiatrist’s touching confidence in his treatment, it has been proven that psychiatric drugs can cause the following:

  • tardive dyskenisia (a movement disorder where the sufferer makes repetitive and involuntary movements such as protruding the tongue, grimacing and lip smacking.
  • Diabetes
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Brain shrinkage
  • Homicidal or suicidal behavior

Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin wrote a book called “Medication Madness,” which delves deeply into the effects these drugs have on people. He points out that the victims seldom attach their unpleasant or dangerous symptoms to the drugs they are taking, thus putting themselves and others at great risk.

He refers to this disassociation with the drug being the cause of their problems “medical spellbinding,” and has done a great deal of research into this subject.

Dr. Breggin discovered that people on the drugs may feel they are doing much better, although they are obviously failing in life – citing examples of psychiatric patients with no criminal history committing crimes of theft and violence.

In every case, patients who survived and stopped taking the drugs had absolutely no recidivism. In other words, not a single person was compelled to commit a crime after stopping the offending drug.

Dr. Breggin says: “…they may get some relief from the lobotomizing effect of an antipsychotic drug or the blunting impact of a mood stabilizer. In every case, the seeming improvement is a manifestation of brain dysfunction, and judgment is always impaired.”

The belief system of psychiatry is flawed, based as it is on their economic bottom line rather than improving the lot of anyone. To further distance it from religions (which mostly frown on bullying) psychiatry attempts to bully the entire population into obeying their creed of psychotropic drugging.

http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/antipsychotic-medication

http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/psychiatric-drugs/antipsychotics/neuroleptic-brain-damage/brain-tissue-loss

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/medication-madness-how-ps_b_223922.html

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Audra McDonald gets it Right- Thanks Parents for no ADD Meds

TonyAudra McDonald, in accepting her Tony award for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill thanked her parents. This is not an uncommon thing for an award-winning actor to do.

But the impact of Audra’s “thank you” flew in the face of psychiatry’s medication of gifted children everywhere. She bravely thanked them for NOT putting her on ADD medication, and encouraging her to perform instead.

One of the many tragedies linked to psychiatrists and their medications is the targeting of children least able to sit still in a class room setting. Many of these are children who are dreamers, children who question the status quo – boys and girls who would rather be sketching or writing a story than memorizing multiplication tables.

The so-called symptoms of ADD and the “symptoms” of being gifted are amazingly similar.

ADD Symptoms:

  • Gets bored with a task before it is finished
  • Doesn’t pay attention to details
  • Trouble adhering to rules
  • Is distracted easily
  • More active than most children
  • Hard time delaying gratification

Whereas a gifted child often experiences:

  • Boredom and impatience
  • Low tolerance for tasks that seem to have no purpose
  • Frustration and upset when his or her goals are not reached
  • Has trouble watching for “boundaries” and difficulty channeling their energy
  • May be very strong willed and question authority, rules and regulations
  • Often more active than most children, may even need less sleep

Separating the gifted from the ADD afflicted children is not the solution.  Labeling any child as having ADD or ADHD is not only uncalled for, but a hazard to that child’s ability and to his future.

A psychiatrist, with his faulty diagnostic skills and unreliable Bible of symptoms and treatments (DSM 5) should be the last person a parent would want to steer his child to for help.

But compelling advertising and huge government subsidies (not to mention pharmaceutical lobbyists in Washington) have made dangerous inroads into the schools and preschools of our country.

How many future Einsteins and Pablo Picassos have already drowned under the inexorable wave of dulling psychiatric drugs?

These are some of the brutal side effects listed for Adderall, just one of the many drugs used to treat ADD:

  • Fast, pounding, uneven heartbeats
  • Lightheaded; may even faint
  • Blood pressure increase, leading to severe headache, vision blurring, chest pain, numbness and seizure
  • Tremor and restlessness
  • Hallucinations and unusual behavior
  • Motor tics
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden Death
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Stroke

Of course most parents have their children’s best interests at heart. But a mother or father’s innate protective sense has been undermined by the “unquestioning authority” of psychiatrists.  It is up to us as parents and grandparents to question that authority, and to find ways to encourage our children so they may blossom into adulthood without the chemical disabilities of psychiatric drugs destroying their future.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/audra-mcdonald-thanks-parents-for-no-add-meds-24055356

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Psychiatry Kidnapped Justina Pelletier

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Justina Pelletier is a teenager who was taken away from her parents unnecessarily, forced into psychiatric care and spent nine months in a locked psychiatric ward.  This situation is a parent’s worst nightmare.  Any parent would be outraged and horrified if this happened to their child.  This is clearly a case of kidnapping, rather than acting in the best interest of a minor. 

Justina Pelletier was diagnosed a few years ago with mitochondrial disease, a rare condition that prevents cells in the body from producing energy.   She was getting treatment from Dr. Mark Korson, a Tufts Medical Center specialist.  In February 2013 her health declined, so Dr. Korson sent her to see a gastrointestinal specialist he knew at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH).  Justina never got to see that specialist. 

Instead, the psychiatry department took over.  Doctors at BCH disagreed with Dr. Korson’s diagnosis.  They said she didn’t have mitochondrial disease and diagnosed her with “somatoform disorder.”  Justina’s parents resisted giving their daughter mental health treatment and her father asked for her to be discharged.  Instead, hospital security blocked the exits.  

If that wasn’t bad enough, the hospital then charged the parents with medical child abuse and petitioned the state for custody.  The complaint went to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and within twenty-four hours, Judge Joseph Johnston gave custody of Justina to the state of Massachussetts and ordered her to stay at BCH.  

One would think things couldn’t get any worse but it did.  The judge then put a gag order on the case.  Imagine your fourteen year old daughter being put in a psych ward without your approval and not being able to talk about it under threat of imprisonment!  In this day and age this is truly insane! 

While Justina Pelletier was in the psych ward at BCH, her health deteriorated markedly.  Her parents were only allowed very limited contact with their daughter.  They heavily protested that she was taken off her medications for mitochondrial disease, but BCH insisted those meds were unnecessary because she had a “mental disorder” instead.  They continually pushed for her release with no success.  Eventually, Justina’s father was alarmed enough at the deterioration of his daughter’s physical condition that he went public despite the gag order.  

It is a good thing that he did, because a huge public outcry resulted.  Massachussetts Child Protective Services stated that they were actively working on returning her to Tufts for care.  The Massachussetts Department of Health called for a full investigation.  Finally someone was listening, but there are several points in this case that must be addressed so that any parent will be informed and aware. 

First of all, the allegation of “medical child abuse” is a ridiculous claim.  How can Justina’s parents be charged with such a thing when there is no agreement on what her condition is?  This is a hospital exercising ‘my way or the highway’ and they have no right to do that.  Justina’s parents did nothing wrong.    Justina’s parents did what their doctor told them.  They followed Dr. Korson’s instructions for treatment for about three years.  They even brought Justina to BCH upon his recommendation.  

Dr. Korson is not some quack but a board certified licensed metabolic/genetics specialist.  The parents had every right to question BCH’s diagnosis, especially since Justina’s health had generally been improving over those three years.  At the very least, the doctors at BCH should have disputed the diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Korson.  Instead, they would not even communicate with Dr. Korson and made the parents their target. 

Justina’s parents also had the right to get a second opinion.  They are her parents and they have rights in making decisions regarding what is best for their daughter.   Justina had no prior mental health history, so how is it that BCH could commit her so quickly?  This wasn’t a case of the patient being a danger to herself or others.  This is a dispute over a medical diagnosis and a psychiatric diagnosis.  What right did BCH have to take over authority regarding her health and welfare? 

What makes this case truly outrageous is the diagnosis that the BCH doctors gave Justina Pelletier.  They claim she has “somatic symptom disorder,” formerly known as “somatoform disorder.”  This basically means a person has physical symptoms which cannot be explained fully by a general medical condition.  Since it is not easily diagnosed like diabetes, psychiatry manipulates medicine by suggesting “it’s all in your head.”  

The point is that “somatic symptom disorder” is just a term taking what can’t be precisely explained medically and making it into a psychiatric condition.  This is incredibly convenient for psychiatry as they have no medical tests of their own to diagnose anything.  This diagnosis and any other psychiatric diagnosis are purely based on opinions of symptoms without any scientific basis.   They themselves can’t prove if any “mental disorder” exists with a medical test, yet it seems they may have disputed whether mitochondrial disease exists! 

The other point of concern in this case is the lack of impartiality in the court system.  Within twenty-four hours, Judge Joseph Johnston swiftly moved to have Justina stay at BCH and put a gag order on the case.  That certainly doesn’t sound like any sort of hearing was allowed where both sides could present their case.   It only shows that Judge Johnston was partial to BCH and he wanted it to avoid any bad publicity, so he imposed a gag order so that the hospital was protected.  He certainly didn’t have Justina’s health and welfare in mind.  Her parents did, but they were stripped of their rights to protect her. 

Considering BCH can make a lot of money on every child that is court-ordered to stay, there is quite a conflict of interest here.  The DCF works closely with BCH as they do not have any medical expertise. When BCH files a medical abuse claim with the DCF, how is it impartial that they look right back at BCH for advice?   This is like a judge sending convicted criminals to a prison he owns except a judge would get disbarred and this network apparently has free reign. 

Finally, Justina would still be sitting in a psych ward had her father not violated the gag order and followed by public outcry.  Be aware that this could happen to any child though it shouldn’t happen ever to anyone.  Recognize that every parent and child have rights and those rights cannot be ignored.  Be aware that psychiatry may not agree with you since they have already kidnapped one child that we know of. 

June 10, Daily News Reported: “Connecticut teen Justina Pelletier has been in Massachusetts state custody for 16 months — ever since doctors at a Boston hospital accused her parents of abuse. In a new video, the 15-year-old begs her judge to let her go home. Last week, the state’s Department of Children and Families also asked the judge to return the girl to her parents.”

Justina’s Video plea to go home: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=451918311612093&set=vb.253343311469595&type=2&theater

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/justina-pelletier-begs-home-article-1.1823552#ixzz34L7lk5Op

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/03/27/justina_pelletier_ruling_boston_children_s_hospital_and_judge_perform_parent.html 

http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/03/discussion-justina-pelletier-boston-childrens-hospital/

 

 

 

 

 

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Xanax Side Effects Lead to Horrific Tragedy

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Mass shooter Elliot Rodger was, according to his parents, taking anti-anxiety drug Xanax in the days that led up to his bloody rampage and suicide in Isla Vista California on May 23.

Elliot murdered six people and injured thirteen others before taking his life.

Although recognized as a drug that can cause hostility, Xanax is still prescribed by psychiatrists and even family doctors (as in Elliot’s case)

The dangerous side effects of Xanax are well documented and include:

  • Depression or a worsening of the patient’s condition
  • Reduced inhibitions (or no fear of risky situations)
  • Feeling hostile or agitated
  • Having hallucinations
  • Addiction

Elliot Rodger began psychiatric care at the age of eight. Just before his killing spree and death, he was being treated by two psychologists.

Typical of mental health patients, this young man did not improve over time with their treatment, but became bitter, withdrawn and finally dangerously aggressive. Prescribing him an addictive, unpredictable drug like Xanax was unconscionable.

Xanax belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin, has reported in his book Brain-Disabling Effects of Benzodiazepines that these drugs unleash aggression. He states:

“More than a dozen papers in the literature speak of irritability, defiance, hostility, aggression, rage or a progressive development of hates and dislikes in certain patients treated with benzodiazepine tranquilizers; all those products which are widespread have been incriminated at one time or another…Unlike the experienced alcohol user, the trusting benzodizepine user has little reason to anticipate losing control. Expecting to be helped, and not harmed, by the drug, the patient is less able to understand or manage potentially overwhelming feelings of anger or violence, or other untoward emotional responses…”

Dr. Breggin also states that this type of drug can create a wide variety of abnormal behaviors, such as insomnia, psychosis, paranoia, violence, depression, antisocial acts and suicide.

While the knee-jerk reaction to Elliott Rodger’s slaughter of innocents may be to step up gun control, this short sighted viewpoint would not have prevented Rodger murdering his roommates with a knife, or running down helpless people in his car.

It may be difficult to absorb the fact that psychiatrists and pharmaceutical giants aggressively develop and prescribe drugs that have side effects such as “defiance, hostility, aggression, rage or a progressive development of hates and dislikes,” but that is the undeniable truth.

These industries unleash disastrous psychiatric drugs on the public under the guise of help, despite increasing numbers of incidents of mass murder by individuals operating under the influence of these same drugs.

It is long past time to question the “authorities” who promote their mind-altering and dangerous drugs. If politicians will not stand up and demand answers, it is up to the public to demand justice for those who die at the hands of psychiatric drug victims on violent and uncontrollable rampages.

The true perpetrators of these atrocities are the developers and peddlers of the drugs that lead to violent behavior. Psychiatrists prescribing psychotropic drugs such as Xanax and the pharmaceutical companies who develop them have much to answer for.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/71032-xanax-side-effects/

http://www.benzo.org.uk/violence.htm

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/05/elliot-rodger-xanax-shooting-2/

 

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Gun Violence and Psychiatric Medication

mass killingHow often, despite the concern of many, are psychiatric medication and gun violence linked, especially in the mass media? It is rare to find even a passing mention of this connection.

This is unconscionable, considering that 90% of all multiple-victim violence (from Sandy Hook to Fort Hood) involved shooters who were on psychiatric drugs. The political solution of disarming peaceful citizens has no basis. If the politicians were actually concerned about the increase of mass killings, they would look for the common thread amongst these murderous incidents. It is not difficult to find.

  • Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of the Columbine school shooting, were both taking psychiatric drugs (Luvox, Zoloft and Paxil)
  • Doug Williams, killer of five (and wounded nine) of fellow employees at Lockheed Martin, was taking Zoloft and Celexa.
  • Kip Kinkel , killer of his parents, 2 children (and wounded 25) at a nearby school was on Prozac.

The list goes on and on. There have been 22 international drug regulatory warnings re: psychotropic drugs, specifically the side effects of suicidal and homicidal ideations, hostility, mania and violence.

The USDA and its counterpart in Canada require drug companies to include a black box warning of psychiatric drug risk involving suicide and violence. Studies as far back as the early 1950s linked psychotropic drugs and violence, and later studies confirmed the association of these drugs and violent behavior.

One of the more unpleasant side effects of psychiatric drugs is “akathesia” (defined on medicine.net) as “A movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness and a compelling need to be in constant motion, as well as by actions such as rocking while standing or sitting, lifting the feet as if marching on the spot, and crossing and uncrossing the legs while sitting. People with akathisia are unable to sit or keep still, complain of restlessness, fidget, rock from foot to foot, and pace.”

The psychiatrist’s Bible, the DSM IV, links akathisia with suicide, and states “Akathisia may be associated with dysphoria (feeling dissatisfied with life), irritability, aggression, or suicide attempts.”

Congress chooses to ignore the clear association between psychiatric drug use and crimes of utterly depraved violence against the innocent, even school children (as in the Sandy Hook horror)

Unfortunately, the men and women elected to protect and serve us are more interested in the campaign contributions to be gleaned from big drug companies. In 2012, an average of $29,000 was given to congressmen and women, and $45,000 per senator from Big Pharmaceutical companies. And these same drug companies spent $240 million lobbying Congress.

In the words of Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist (and whistleblower for his own profession) “Huge efforts have been made by the pharmaceutical industry to prevent the public and the health professions from knowing that antidepressant drugs can cause violence and suicide.”

Dr. Breggin also states “Psychiatry is a cause and not a cure for mass violence, and looking for help from psychiatry will only distract us from seeking genuinely effective solutions.”

It is time to listen to Dr. Breggin, and to others like him who are brave enough to state the truth about psychiatric medication.

http://www.psychintegrity.org/isepp_statement_on_the_connection_between_psychotropic_drugs_and_mass_murder.php

http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/features/drugs-medical/ssri-suicide-akathisia.html#.U4I3K1cpm3I

http://variety.com/2013/voices/opinion/breggin-1200327696/

 

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Psychiatric Drugs – Creating Crime and Profit in Prisons

psychiatric facilityPrisons have become one of the main distribution points for psychiatrists peddling psychotropic drugs and for drug companies happy to supply all these medicines to a growing population of criminals.

It’s quite a successful business model. Prisoners get screened when they arrive in prison, get put on psychiatric drugs to treat fraudulently labeled  “disorders”, later get released into society, commit more crimes or acts of violence prompted by the side effects of  the medicines they were given in jail and soon end up back inside prison walls to start the cycle again.

Big drug profits are made, much of it paid for by federal and state tax dollars.

Here are some statistics for this trend of drugging prisoners:

  • More than half of all prison and state inmates reported mental health problems, including symptoms of major depression, mania and psychotic disorders, according to a 2004 federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report, Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates.
  • In 1998, the BJS reported there were an estimated 283,000 prison and jail inmates who suffered from mental health problems. That number in 2004 was estimated to be 1.25 million an increase of more than 4 times
  • The rate of reported mental health disorders in the state prison population is five times greater (56.2 percent) than in the general adult population (11 percent).
  • Almost three quarters (73 percent) of all women in state prison have mental health problems, compared to 55 percent of men.
  • Nearly 70 percent of facilities housing state prison inmates reported that, as a matter of policy, they screen inmates at intake
  • 73 % distribute psychotropic medications to their inmates

How exactly does a prisoner get chosen as a candidate for psychiatric medication? The psychiatrists determine it in this fashion:

“Mental health problems were defined by two measures: 1. A recent history of a mental health problem. This must have occurred in the 12 months prior to the interview. A recent history of mental 
health problems included a clinical diagnosis or treatment by a 
mental health professional. 

2. Symptoms of a mental disorder.Symptoms of a mental disorder 
were based on criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,(DSM-IV)”

The cost to taxpayers for treating these so called “mentally ill” inmates using these drugs runs about $9 billion annually according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

State after state in the US is waking up to the huge cost and horrible effects of these drugs.

Last year Esteban Gonzalez, president of the American Jail Association, an organization that represents jail employees, told The Wall Street Journal that “In every city and state I have visited, the jails have become the de facto mental institutions.”

Oklahoma found that in 2013 the percentage of incarcerated inmates diagnosed with a mental illness had nearly doubled in the last 5 years. The top ten drugs included 7 antipsychotics and 3 antidepressants. The total cost of all such drugs was at least $1.3 million, or 52 percent more than in 2010.

Michigan discovered in 2013 that the yearly projected cost for Corrections Department psychotropic drugs was $3,431,500.

In California nearly 20 percent of the $144.5 million California spent on all prison pharmaceuticals last year went for anti-psychotic drugs – that’s something like $28.9 million dollars to attempt to keep inmates quiet and well behaved.

A federal judge recently decided to maintain court oversight of the mental health system in California and found that the state continues to violate constitutional standards.

“Why are all these people on meds? A lot of it, I think, we over prescribe on mental health. Anybody who comes in on mental health (referrals), we put on a psychotropic,” said J. Clark Kelso, the federal court-appointed receiver who controls prison medical care in that state.

Even worse than the drug companies making huge profits with screening schemes and mandatory drugging in prisons, is the evidence of what these drugs do to the inmates.

Clear back in 1975 the “Canadian Family Physician” published a research study called “Effect of Psychotropic Drugs on Aggression In a Prison Setting”

“The authors, working in a maximum security correctional institution, had noted an apparent increase in acts of aggression by inmates when these inmates were on psychotropic drugs. A retrospective study was therefore carried out to attempt to correlate and prove or disprove this hypothesis. It was found that violent, aggressive incidents occurred significantly more frequently in Inmates who were on psychotropic medication than when these inmates were not on psychotropic drugs.”

They tested four classes of drugs with the prisoners.

1. Antianxiety agents.

2. Antipsychotics.

3. Antidepressants.

4. Sedatives and hypnotics.

“Of these, antianxiety agents appeared to be most implicated, with 3.6 times as many acts of aggression occurring when inmates were on these drugs. For the other classes of psychotropic medication the aggressive incident rate was double the rate of those on no psychotropic medication.”

They also wrote that hostile aggression frequently follows from the use of  benzodiazepines (drugs like Valium and Xanax. They noted that Haldol, Librium and Valium released hostility in patients and had been proved to be the cause in some acts of murder and suicide.

Newer psychiatric drugs have created even more havoc than those available in 1975.

“In virtually every mass school shooting during the past 15 years, the shooter has been on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs,” observed Lawrence Hunter of the Social Security Institute. “Yet, federal and state governments continue to ignore the connection between psychiatric drugs and murderous violence, preferring instead to exploit these tragedies in an oppressive and unconstitutional power grab to snatch guns away from innocent, law-abiding people who are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution the right to own and bear arms to deter government tyranny and to use firearms in self defense against any miscreant who would do them harm.”

There are many recent examples:

•    Toby Sincino, a 15-year-old who shot two teachers and himself in 1995 at his South Carolina school, was taking the antidepressant Zoloft.

•    Kip Kinkel, an Oregon teen who murdered his parents and proceeded on a shooting rampage at his high school in 1998, killed two and wounded 25 while in Prozac withdrawal.

•    Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in 1999 at his Idaho high school while on an antidepressant.

•     T.J. Solomon, Jr. was 15 years old when he shot six classmates in Atlanta in 1999. He was taking Ritalin and was also being treated for depression.

•     Jason Hoffman wounded five people with a shotgun at his California high school in 2001 while on two antidepressant medications, Celexa and Effexor.

•     Jeffrey Weise, a student at Red Lake High School in Minnesota, killed 10 and wounded seven in 2005 while on Prozac.

•     Matti Saari, a college student in Finland, shot and killed 10 people before committing suicide at  his university in 2008. The Finnish Ministry of Justice later reported he was taking an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety medication.

  • James Holmes, the Colorado batman shooter, had taken 100 milligrams of Vicodin immediately before he shot up the movie theatre
  • Christopher Pittman was on antidepressants when he killed his grandparents
  • Eric Harris, one of the gunmen in the Columbine school shooting, was taking Luvox and Dylan Klebold, his partner, had taken Zoloft and Paxil
  • Doug Williams, who killed five and wounded nine of his fellow Lockheed Martin employees, was on Zoloft and Celexa
  • Michael McDermott was on three antidepressants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fellow employees in the Massachusetts Wakefield massacre

In fourteen recent school shoots, the acts were committed by persons taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, resulting in over 100 wounded and 58 killed. Yet, depression and violence had no known connection until antidepressant drugs appeared on the scene.

“One of the things in the past that we’ve known about depression is that it very, very rarely leads to violence,” observed psychiatrist Peter Breggin in a Fox News report. “It’s only been since the advent of these new SSRI drugs that we have murderers, sometimes even mass murderers, taking antidepressant drugs.”

Another psychiatrist, David Healy, says: “Violence and other potentially criminal behavior caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret.  Never before in the fields of medicine and law have there been so many events with so much concealed data and so little focused expertise”.

Here are a few examples court cases where this best kept secret is revealed.

1. In 1990 a Wyoming man was treated with Prozac for depression. He had a clear adverse reaction to Prozac involving agitation, restlessness and possible hallucinations, which worsened over a three-week period. In 1998 a new family doctor unaware of this bad reaction gave him Paxil. Two days later after two doses of this medication, the man put three bullets each through the heads of his wife, his daughter, and his nine-month-old granddaughter before killing himself.

At a suit brought in June 2001 by the surviving son-in-law, a jury found that Paxil “can cause some people to become homicidal and/or suicidal”. Smith Kline Beecham was deemed 80 percent responsible for the ensuing events. The evidence included documents showing an unpublished drug company study of incidents of serious aggression in 80 patients, 25 of which involved homicide.

2. A 74-year-old man from New South Wales had a history of mixed anxiety/depressive episodes, many of which resolved without drug treatment. He had no history of violence or suicidality, and had remained gainfully employed throughout.

During one of these episodes, he was given (Zoloft) by a GP and clearly responded adversely to this, most notably with agitation. He stopped treatment the following day on medical advice. In July 1999, he sought help from his GP, who was on leave and the new doctor, not checking his medical records, gave him more Zoloft.

The next morning, after his wife got up he met her in the kitchen and strangled her. He then set off in his car, having decided to kill himself, but turned round and contacted the police to tell them what had happened. The judge stated: “I am satisfied that but for the Zoloft he had taken he would not have strangled his wife”.

3. Here’s a woman who never had committed a crime until taking Prozac. Three weeks later she robbed a 14-year-old boy of his phone and watch. Two days later she stole another phone. Her psychiatrist wrote “it seems that she has partially responded to treatment with Prozac …I have advised her to increase the dose of Prozac to 30mg in the morning.” She did as advised but the day after, as well as five days later, she engaged in further robberies. Three weeks later she attempted robbery with an offensive weapon.

She had never before been involved in criminal behavior. Her first two offences took place 17 and 19 days after she started Prozac. They appear to have been impulsive and were marked by complete lack of feeling. The third, fourth, and fifth offences occurred after a dose increase. The fifth offence involved brutal violence and use of a flick knife.

4.  Here in Florida in 2001, a 31-year-old mother, separated from the father of her 3-year-old twin boys and experienced an upset during a custody battle. She read an advertisement in a magazine for “panic disorder” and decided this fit her symptoms. She went to see her doctor but could only see the nurse practioner who gave her a free starter pack of Zoloft and a Xanax prescription. She started to think of suicide and when she woke up one day with her father’s pistol in her hands she was alarmed and went to see the doctor. Again, he wasn’t available and the nurse switched her to Paxil and Xanax. Her suicidal thoughts got worse and claiming she saw no future for herself or her children, she shot both boys in the head just before their afternoon nap. The defence team contended that she was not guilty by reason of temporary insanity caused by the prescription drugs provided by the nurse practitioner. The judge ruled that evidence could be admitted indicating that psychosis was associated with SSRI treatment, but that a causal relationship could not be argued. With this restriction on defense testimony, the State Attorneys convinced the jury that the drugs did not play a causal role in the homicides and was convicted, and sentenced to life without possibility of release.

In a recent article called “Are We About to Make Criminals More Violent” The Alliance for Natural Health sums up the current situation with prisons and psychiatric drugs.

It points out that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare gives states two ways to shift the healthcare costs of state, county and local jails to federal taxpayers. First, many prisoners and parolees will qualify for Medicaid and, secondly, because there is a loophole in ACA that allows states to sign up for Obamacare any prisoners waiting for trial.

Natural or alternative treatment is not likely with ACA which means the very drugs that create violence, homicides, and suicides will be prescribed to these prisoners who are already prone to crime and violence.

Another factor they point out is the addictive nature of drugs like Adderall and Xanax – two of the world’s most addictive. Many crimes are committed to get money for drugs and 80% of inmates have some substance abuse problem already without being given addictive medicines.

Expanded coverage for inmates has not been widely publicized yet but the administration is already funding one organization to enroll Illinois prisoners into Obamacare programs.

“So far, only six states and counties are signing up prisoners under the new ACA rules. But if this program is implemented nationally, many of the seven million Americans behind bars, on parole, or on probation, as well as the thirteen million booked into county jails each year, would be eligible for taxpayer-subsidized drugs linked to violence.”

With so many good alternatives to help criminals get off drugs and back to lives as productive citizens, it’s sad to see the government helping the psychiatrists to pour fuel on the fire.

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http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/05/01/california-prison-system-under-federal-review-for-anti-psychotic-drug-spending/

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