Antidepressants and the ever-increasing links to senseless violence

The cause of violent behaviour was put under the spotlight again following a BBC Panorama documentary broadcast in July 2017. The documentary centred on the killer James Holmes and the ‘treatment’ he received prior to the killings at a theatre in Aurora, Colorado in 2012.

While there is never one simple explanation for what drives a human being to commit such an unspeakable act, all too often one common denominator has surfaced. That common denominator is prescribed psychiatric drugs, documented to cause mania, psychosis, violence, suicide and in some cases, homicidal ideation. James Holmes had been prescribed and had been taking the antidepressant called Sertraline.

It goes without saying that psychiatric spin doctors and shills were busy, doing whatever they could to play down the role of antidepressants in the tragedy. However, when the reported effects of the drugs include violence, aggression, and suicidal ideation, it’s virtually impossible to stay in denial. Patient Information Leaflets for antidepressant drugs tell the story.

There was a similar case in September 2013 when it was reported that Aaron Alexis fatally shot twelve and injured three inside the Washington Navy Yard. It was reported he had been prescribed the antidepressant Trazodone, a drug that carries a black box warning for suicide, and documented to cause mania and violent behaviour.

Add in at least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs that resulted in 162 wounded and 72 killed, and it culminates in a nightmare for the pharmaceutical spin doctors and psychiatrists. They have to go into overdrive in their attempts at damage limitation. There are after all, huge pharmaceutical profits at stake.

Since 2000, the cost of antidepressant prescribing in England alone has gone past the £5 billion marker. With that kind of taxpayer investment in antidepressants, one would expect some change for the better. However, we are constantly reminded by psychiatric ‘experts’ that mental illness is on the rise. That doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that something is seriously wrong with this scenario.

The safety of antidepressants has been questioned for years now. With so many violent deaths and suicides linked to antidepressants, public safety is compromised by regulators who claim that benefits outweigh the risks. It’s staggering. Manufacturers and prescribers have been allowed to carry on their activities unabated for too long with no accountability. It’s time for change.

Belfast Telegraph – Links between pills and violence get stronger

CCHR Booklet – Antidepressants: the facts about the effects

CCHR Booklet – Psychiatric drugs create violence and suicide


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