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  • Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings

    07/24/2020 11:36:44 PM PDT · by ammodotcom · 19 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 7/25/2020 | Molly Carter
    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a mass murder occurs when at least four people are murdered, not including the shooter, over a relatively short period of time during a single incident. Over the last 30 years, the United States has seen a significant increase in mass shootings, which are becoming more frequent and more deadly. Seemingly every time a mass shooting occurs, whether it’s at a synagogue in Pittsburgh or a nightclub in Orlando, the anti-gun media and politicians have a knee-jerk response – they blame the tragedy solely on the tool used, namely firearms, and focus...
  • Antidepressant or Tolkein character?

    05/21/2020 9:34:44 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 25 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 21 May 2020
    Heh! Go to the link. I did terrible.
  • The Latest: Dayton shooter’s friend will stay in jail

    08/15/2019 5:38:13 PM PDT · by familyop · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2019 | Associated Press
    A friend of the Dayton gunman...Kollie is charged with lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the attack...Dr. Kent Harshbarger said during a Thursday news conference that two people shot Aug. 4 by Betts were also shot by police but that none of the shots were lethal...The coroner said cocaine, antidepressants and alcohol were found in Betts’ system at the time of the shooting. A pipe device and a clear baggie carrying cocaine was found on Betts’ body.
  • Marianne Williamson defends past statements about antidepressants in contentious CNN interview

    08/02/2019 3:32:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 02 2019 | Brie Stimson
    Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson defended controversial comments she has made in the past about mental health and antidepressants during a contentious interview Thursday. The self-help author is under increased scrutiny after she received positive reviews for her debate performance this week in Detroit, during which she called the Trump administration a "dark psychic force." “Not all drugs numb you or mask you," Anderson Cooper asked Williamson, referencing comments she had made about antidepressants. "And telling a seriously depressed person that taking an antidepressant they’re going to be numbed — isn't that not a good message?”
  • Commonly prescribed drugs could increase the risk of dementia, says a new study

    06/30/2019 6:17:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 32 replies
    Medical XPress ^ | June 24, 2019 | University of Nottingham
    The study found that there was nearly a 50% increased risk of dementia among patients aged 55 and over who had used strong anticholinergic medication daily for three years or more. Anticholinergic drugs help to contract and relax muscles. They work by blocking acetylcholine, a chemical that transmits messages in the nervous system. Doctors prescribe the drugs to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bladder conditions, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders and symptoms of Parkinson's disease. These medicines can have short-term side effects, including confusion and memory loss, but it is less certain whether long-term use increases the...
  • Soaring antidepressant use is turning our waters into a 'drug soup' ... [tr]

    10/10/2018 12:51:02 AM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Oct 9, 2018 | Colin Fernandez (Science Correspondent, The Daily Mail)
    Antidepressants pose a threat to wildlife due to their presence in water supplies, say experts ... ... Dr Helena Herrera, of Portsmouth’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, said many prescribers might not be aware antidepressant medication was potentially harmful for marine life, or that it persists in the environment. ... Their research [Dr Helena Herrera, of Portsmouth’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and Professor Alex Ford, of Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Biology], published in British Journal of Psychiatry, suggests even one step towards addressing the environmental problem of such drugs would help. ... In a previous study, Professor...
  • Rampage Killings Increase Exponentially After Introduction of Serotonin-Related Antidepressants

    10/05/2018 7:13:19 PM PDT · by LevonRiver · 36 replies
    Chalet Reports ^ | 5 October 2018 | David Reznor
    Chalet Reports finds that indiscriminate rampage killings in the United States increased by nearly five times (500 percent) within the first decade after the introduction of serotonin-related antidepressants in the 1960s, and has essentially doubled since then, to nearly 10 times the highest rate of rampage killings in earlier decades, after Eli Lilly first began admitted testing on humans of fluoxetine (known mostly by its brand name Prozac). The bar chart below shows the number of such rampage killing incidents (not number of victims) by decade, beginning in 1900, through August 2018. A proportional line graph of the growth of...
  • Jacksonville gaming tournament shooter had been hospitalized for mental illness, documents show

    08/27/2018 2:48:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | August 27, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    The gunman who opened fire on a "Madden NFL 19" tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday was hospitalized previously for mental illness, according to court records. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore showed that as a teenager he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications, The Associated Press first reported Monday. Katz, a competitor at the gaming event, had two handguns and extra ammunition inside the restaurant where the competition was taking place, officials said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
  • Expert Warns of Antidepressants Linked to Violence

    05/30/2018 7:53:01 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 19 replies
    CCHR International ^ | 5/29/18 | unattributed
    In the wake of recent senseless acts of violence, especially in schools, the mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) urged state authorities and educators not to adopt “mental health screening” in schools in the false hope that it could prevent the violence... the newer antidepressants “boost serotonin levels in the brain” and “in rare cases, they can contribute to extreme violence, murder and suicide, particularly in the first few weeks they are taken.... Dr. Effrem stated, “There are so many problems with the foundation of these programs, it is difficult to know where to begin. Let’s...
  • Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

    04/08/2018 5:36:25 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    nytimes ^ | FAPRIL 7, 2018 | BENEDICT CAREY and ROBERT GEBEL
    Victoria Toline needed nine months to taper off Zoloft. “I had to drop out of school,” she said. “My life’s been on hold.” Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was desperately trying to quit. “Basically that’s all I have been doing — dealing with the dizziness, the confusion, the fatigue, all the symptoms...
  • Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015

    08/04/2017 10:47:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    "These data show that between 2007 and 2015, there's substantial increases in suicide rates for both young males and young females," said Tom Simon, an author of the report and associate director for science in the division of violence protection at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the new data Thursday. ... "If you look at suicide attempts by girls, it's typically that girls attempt suicide about four to one or three to one over boys, yet boys complete suicide in the reverse," Tishler said. "That tends, we think, to have to do with the modality...
  • Antidepressants in young people may do more harm than good, warn scientists.

    06/13/2016 8:07:56 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 43 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/08/2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Antidepressants in young people may do more harm than good, warn scientists. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/08/antidepressants-in-young-people-may-do-more-harm-than-good-warn/ *"researchers at Oxford University who carried out the review said effectiveness and safety of antidepressants taken by children and teenagers remained unclear because of the poor design and selective reporting of trials, which were mostly funded by drug companies."
  • STUDY: MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF PATIENTS ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS NOT DEPRESSED

    10/24/2015 1:32:01 PM PDT · by Signalman · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Oct 15 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study shows that more than two-thirds — some 69 percent – of patients using anti-depressants do not actually meet the criteria for depressive disorder. The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, finds that many individuals who are prescribed and take antidepressant medications may not actually have a depressive disorder, and that such drugs are often used by patients who do not meet the diagnostic criteria of depression. According to the research, among the users of antidepressant medications, 69 percent never met the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD), and 38 percent also never met...
  • Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript

    03/29/2015 5:14:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 155 replies
    Mirror ^ | March 29, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript 29 March 2015 By Alex Wellman Patrick Sondheimer is heard screaming to his co-pilot "Open the goddam door" as passengers scream in the background The dramatic last moments of the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed in a chilling transcript of the black box recording that shows the captain screaming at Andreas Lubitz “Open the goddam door”. Patrick Sondheimer, pilot of the traffic plane, is heard frantically pleading with the killer to let him into the cockpit, just seconds before crashing into the Alps. BEA Germanwings CVR Evidence:...
  • Sorry, liberals, Scandinavian countries aren’t utopias

    01/12/2015 8:28:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    In the American liberal compass, the needle is always pointing to places like Denmark. Everything they most fervently hope for here has already happened there. So: Why does no one seem particularly interested in visiting Denmark? (“Honey, on our European trip, I want to see Tuscany, Paris, Berlin and . . . Jutland!”) Visitors say Danes are joyless to be around. Denmark suffers from high rates of alcoholism. In its use of antidepressants it ranks fourth in the world. (Its fellow Nordics the Icelanders are in front by a wide margin.) Some 5% of Danish men have had sex with...
  • “I can’t enjoy anything”

    01/05/2015 10:30:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 4: A Walking Nightmare--Antidepressants and suicidality Just last August, a study was published in JAMA in which adolescents were screened for depression and then randomized either to a collaborative care intervention or usual care. An accompanying editorial called for integration of depression screening into primary pediatric care, noting that “depression is associated with serious mental health problems (e.g., suicide).” In fairness, it should be pointed out that in the above-mentioned study, the families of the children labeled depressed were offered a choice of medication or psychotherapy (54% chose medication in combination with psychotherapy, and 4% chose medication only). But...
  • Dead bodies

    01/04/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 3: "A Walking Nightmare"-- Antidepressants and suicidality In the meantime the media and the FDA were flooded with tales of suicidal and homicidal violence committed by patients, including children, who had been taking Prozac. Faced with mounting pressure, the agency conducted a meta-analysis of 23 industry-sponsored RCT’s on pediatric patients for nine antidepressants: Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Remeron, Paxil, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Luvox, and Serzone. The analysis concluded that these drugs were associated with a more than two-fold increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in children. Accordingly, on 16 September 2004, an FDA advisory committee voted 15 to...
  • “They’re very safe”

    01/02/2015 9:15:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/02/15 | Patrick D Hahn
    "A Walking Nightmare": Antidepressants and suicidality “It’s like being in a torture chamber all your life.” That’s how Brenda, a young woman from the southeast of England, describes her experience with prescription antidepressants. Two years ago, Brenda was a young professional with a career she enjoyed and an active social life. “I also started to write a novel,” she recalls. “I was really creative. I had a lot of friends.” All this changed in the summer of 2013 when Brenda experienced a minor medical problem and was prescribed Augmentin, an antibiotic. Immediately she began experiencing suicidal ideation, along with nausea,...
  • 1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism Risk

    04/17/2014 6:11:13 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 37 replies
    PsychCentral ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rick Nauert
    A new Johns Hopkins study discovers an association between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medications, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and developmental delays (DD) in boys. Researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that early prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) — commonly prescribed for depression, anxiety, and other disorders — increased the risk for ASD three-fold. Common SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), and sertraline (Zoloft). The study of 1,000 mother-child pairs is published in the online edition of Pediatrics. In the study, investigators analyzed data from large samples of ASD and...
  • Plan to Limit Some Drugs in Medicare Is Criticized

    02/24/2014 8:28:11 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 21, 2014 | KATIE THOMAS and ROBERT PEAR
    An alliance of drug companies and patient advocates, joined by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is fiercely opposing an Obama administration proposal that would allow insurers to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including those used to treat depression and schizophrenia. The administration’s proposal would remove the protected status from three classes of drugs that has been in place since the program’s inception in 2006: immunosuppressant drugs used in transplant patients, antidepressants and antipsychotic medicines. They include many well-known drugs, such as Wellbutrin, Paxil and Prozac to treat depression, and Abilify and Seroquel to treat schizophrenia. Three other...