Since many with Lyme/MSIDS are misdiagnosed with mental disorders, we need to seriously heed this report.
Psychiatric Drugs: Create Violence & Suicide, School Shootings & Other Acts of Senseless Violence
From the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System’s 484 prescription drugs, 31 were disproportionately associated with violence, 25 of which are psychotropic drugs.
- Prozac 10.9 times
- Paxil 10.3 times
- Luvox 8.4 times
- Effexor 8.3 times
- Pristiq 7.9 times
- Zoloft 6.7 times
For following stimulants taken for ADHA
- amphetamines 9.6 times
- Strattera 9 times
Of 409 Official Psychiatric Drug Warnings:
- 49 warned of self harm, suicide or suicide ideation
- 27 warned of violence, mania, psychosis, hostility, aggression or homicidal ideation
- 43 warned of death or increased risk of death
- 35 linked emotional problems to the drugs
- 17 warned of addition or withdrawal effects
David Kirschner, Ph.D., a New York Psychologist has evaluated 30 murderers and almost all had been in short term and psychoactive drug-oriented treatment before they killed.
“Most of the young murderers I have personally examined had….been in ‘treatment’and were using prescribed stimulant/amphetamine type drugs before and during the killing events. These medications did not prevent but instead contributed to the violence by disinhibiting normal, frontal cortex control mechanism….And so, despite ongoing congressional debates regarding stricter gun control laws vs. improved access to mental health treatment, our concern should be about the quality of mental health care, not just a societal safety net insuring treatment for all children and young adults.”
According to the report there are currently 8 million American children & adolescence prescribed psychoactive drugs with a 200% increase in number of mass shootings per year from 2008 to 2012.
Professor Healy estimates that 90 percent of school shootings, over more than a decade, were linked to SSRI antidepressants (e.g., Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.).
“We’ve got good evidence that the drugs can make people violent and you’d have to reason from that that there may be more episodes of violence,” Dr. Healy stated. Further, “What is very, very clear is that people do become hostile on the drugs.
The report states it is misleading to believe the theory that the patient becomes violent due to stopping the medication due to numerous studies showing that drug withdrawal can actually do it and can last from several months to years regardless of tapering off slowly.
Psychiatric Drugs are abused.
In 2014, 10,574 died from heroin overdose while 15,778 died from psychiatric drug overdose.
Police are at Risk.
Police spend more time with mental disturbance calls than traffic accident, burglary, or assault calls. A 2009 study classified 36% of officer-involved shootings in North America as “suicide by cop,” a term describing a person with mental illness on prescribed drugs who inflicts self-harm or commits heinously violent crimes purposely compelling officers to use deadly force. NewOne6 in Oklahoma states,
“Suicide by cop is happening so often that one study called it a rising tide that must be stopped.”
United Nations Health Rights Special Rapporteur Dr. Dainius Puras stated,
“Mental health policies and services are in crisis—not a crisis of chemical imbalances, but of power imbalances. We need bold political commitments, urgent policy responses and immediate remedial action.”
Dr. Thomas Dorman, an internist, said,
“Clinicians should first of all remember that emotional stress associated with a chronic illness or a painful condition can alter the patient’s temperament. In my practice I have run across countless people with chronic back pain who were labeled neurotic. A typical statement from these poor patients is ‘I thought I really was going crazy.’” The last thing a person needs is a drug that masks and exacerbates the problem.
It’s important for health professionals to recognize physical disease as these physical diseases may worsen or actually cause a patient’s mental disorder.Dr.
Mary Ann Block, a best-selling author, including Just Because You’re Depressed Doesn’t Mean You Have Depression, also said,
“Many doctors don’t do physical exams before prescribing psychiatric drugs…This is not how I was taught to practice medicine. In my medical education, I was taught to do a complete history and physical exam. I was taught to consider something called a ‘differential diagnosis.’ To do this, one must consider all possible underlying causes of the symptoms.”
This information is critical now and even more so for Lyme/MSIDS patients as doctors MUST consider pathogen involvement in ANY mental disorder.
Here’s a few examples: