Wednesday, July 27, 2022



Volume #07272022-1710                              July 27, 2022


Who's watching them?  Are they just drug dealers?

For decades, the thought that antidepressants cause violent behaviour is something we've tossed around.  A published study in Sweden turned up damning evidence that the concern of drug-induce-violence is well founded.  Evidence showed that young adults from 15 to 24 years old who were currently on an antidepressant drug were more likely to be convicted of the following crimes:

● Homicide; often resulting in multiple deaths.  Take for example the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, where the shooter was on two anti-depressants at the same time and decided to go 'cold turkey' and get off of them.  What happened there was a warning to us all.

● Assault; Whether in a family situation, at school, at a bar, or on the road, assaults among those under a psychiatrist's care with these drugs are more frequent, more easily instigated, and far more violent than expected.  Over half of all 'road rage' killings have been linked to mood altering drugs, often prescribed by a doctor.

● Robbery; While on these medications, many patients will add other illicit drugs to the mix such as marijuana, alcohol, fentanyl, and a host of 'party drugs' which serve to exacerbate the already dangerous symptoms of the anti-depressant they are already on.

● Arson; this was interesting.  The Chicago Fire Department launched a study on fires set deliberately.  The study found that 93% of those fires had been started by someone on an anti-depressant or other mind altering drug prescribed by their doctors.

● Kidnapping; Irrational behaviour abounds in these patients.  With irrationality and violence comes the very bizarre nature of their crimes against others.  Their inhibitions are so lowered as to induce a sense of invulnerability within the patient, allowing him to justify any behaviour.

● Sexual Offence; Sex offences such as rape are rarely if ever a sexual thing.  No, Rape is a 'power crime' where the offender is exercising his power over his victim.  Again, this is born of the sense of invulnerability instilled in the patient.  This man or woman will do things they would normally have never done.

● Other violent crimes; From smashing furniture to breaking windows and even crashing cars, the little 'destructive demon' that lives in everyone's heart is let out of its cage.  When that demon gets loose, who in Hell knows what will happen next?

SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro) and fluvoxamine (Luvox).

In an article in Psychology Today, Leonard J. Davis says “… these very drugs we hope can treat mental illness are at the same time drugs that cause violent behaviour including suicide and aggression toward others.  In fact, SSRI’s are the leading drugs in a recent list compiled of the Top Ten Drugs that cause violent behaviour.  It’s been well known that adolescents and young people have an increased risk of suicide when they begin to take SSRIs.  But what we may forget is that suicide is an impulsive behaviour that is turned against oneself."

"But impulses, particularly violent ones, can be turned against others.”

These concerns are from the horse’s mouth. And of course, there have been black box warnings about suicidal behaviour on bottles of SSRIs prescriptions for many years.

Time compiled a list of the top 10 drugs that can produce violent behaviour.  Not surprisingly, five antidepressants are on this list. And all but one of these drugs include pharmaceuticals used by psychiatrists to treat their patients.

10) Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) An antidepressant that is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

9) Venlafaxine (Effexor) This is a psychiatric drug used to treat anxiety disorders. It is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.

8) Fluvoxamine (Luvox) This antidepressant drug is 8.4 times more likely than other medications to be linked with violence

7) Triazolam (Halcion) This is a benzodiazepine drug that can be addictive, and is used for insomnia. It is 8.7 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

6) Atomoxetine (Strattera) Used to treat ADHD, Strattera is 9 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to the other medications.

5) Mefoquine (Lariam) This malaria treatment is linked with reports of bizarre behaviour and is 9.5 times more likely to be linked with violence than other drugs.

4) Amphetamines: (Various) Amphetamines are used to treat ADHD. They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence when compared to other drugs.

3) Paroxetine (Paxil) An SSRI antidepressant, Paxil is additionally associated with more severe withdrawal symptoms and a much increased risk of birth defects compared to other medications in that class. It is 10.3 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

2) Fluoxetine (Prozac) The first well-known SSRI antidepressant, Prozac is 10.9 times more likely to be linked with violence in comparison with other medications.

1) Varenicline (Chantix) The anti-smoking medication Chantix affects is 18 times more likely to be linked with violence compared to other drugs.

It is intolerable that psychiatric medications have side effects dangerous not only to the patient himself but to those in his environment.  A single life lost due to this profession’s cavalier attitude must be considered when state and federal governments consider giving the mental health community additional support.  There has been research done in safely helping those with mental problems using nutrition and gentle treatment. It is worthwhile investigating and supporting endeavours that do not require a black box warning before administering.

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