Schizophrenia is like that ~ doesn’t matter what medication you give them. What they treat are symptoms ~ you might like to read what Mayo Clinic has to say ~ see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/schizophrenia/DS00196/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
You know... so many people are so quick to blame the drugs themselves. Just like others blame the guns, frankly... These are unstable individuals with extreme mental illnesses - THAT is the common thread here - not medications, and not firearms.
In fact, when most problems come along for these people is when they are NOT compliant with their medications, and STOP taking them (sometimes because they hear people talking on threads like this in regard to how *crazy* the meds make *anyone* and they are scared - even though they are the ones that NEED these medications to STAY SANE).
You know, in all honesty, I think trying to prevent some of these things by introducing all sorts of new laws, or trying to find somewhere to place blame is a waste of time... These happenings are not getting “more common”, we may hear about smaller incidents more often, but these tragedies are nothing new...
One question for those who would blame the medications: What about the MILLIONS of individuals on these same medications that do NOT go out and kill people? If the cause was truly the medication(s) these things would be happening a LOT, LOT more...
Yes, these are strong powerful drugs, but some people NEED these medications, and blaming them for the actions of a handful of people in comparison to the MILLIONS on these medications is simply absurd.
Please also keep in mind that many of these medications are used to help those with neurological problems like epilepsy, migraines, variant migraines, and other similar problems. Again, if it was the fault of the medication why do we not see these other people exhibiting signs of extreme mental illness when put on the meds for other problems? (Note: I mean REAL mental illness and not any symptoms of being on the wrong meds, or allergic reactions to them, either...)