When we read news of a young person commits an act of random violence. It is senseless, tragic and puzzling.
It is important to keep in mind that one of the adverse reactions listed on psychotropic drugs is that “Patients of all ages who are stared on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.”[italics added]
There are some Medical Professionals who correlate the horrors of random violence with the adverse reactions of psychotropics.
“In June 2001, a jury in Wyoming determined that the antidepressant drug Paxil caused a man to kill his wife, daughter and granddaughter before killing himself. The jury awarded the surviving family $8 million in damages, according to American Medical Publishing’s Prescription Medicines, Side Effects and Natural Alternatives.”1
In an article on his site “Psychiatric Drug Facts” Dr. Peter Breggin goes over the dangerous side effects of these drugs.
“On March 22, 2004 the FDA issued a “Public Health Advisory” cautioning about the risks associated with the new generation of antidepressants including the SSRIs. In examining drug-induced suicide, the FDA’s also observed that certain behaviors are ‘known to be associated with these drugs,’ including ‘anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania.’
“This syndrome will cause both suicide and violence. Each of the adverse drug reactions described as “known” antidepressants effects has been linked to violence—most obviously agitation, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia, hypomania and mania.”2
Dr. Breggin includes these chilling examples of psychiatric drug related violence in his article:
“As a psychiatrist and as a medical expert, I have examined dozens of cases of individuals who have committed suicide or violent crimes while under the influence of the newer antidepressants. In South Carolina, for example, twelve year old Christopher Pittman shot his grandparents to death shortly after starting Zoloft. In other cases, a fourteen-year-old girl on Prozac fired a pistol pointblank at a friend but the gun failed to go off, and a teenage boy on Zoloft beat to death an elderly woman who complained to him about his loud music. A greater number of cases involve adults who developed dyscontrol and manic-like aggressive syndromes while taking antidepressants. Numerous criminal cases have been positively influenced by my testimony concerning these adverse drug effects.”
Whenever a random act of senseless violence is committed, close scrutiny should be paid to the presence of psychiatric treatment and drugging in each case.