The Link Between Anti-Depressants and Murder

By Mary West

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Are anti-depressants over-prescribed? Do they really work? Are they dangerous to those who take them and to society at large?

Let’s take these questions one at a time, examining the evidence.

Are Anti-Depressants Over-Used?

Anti-depressants are currently the most frequently prescribed drugs in the US, soaring by 400 percent over the past two decades according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Does this reflect appropriate treatment or over-medicalization? In a debate on the issue published in the January 22, 2013 issue of the online British Medical Journal, Dr. Des Spence, a Glasgow general practitioner, believes these drugs are over-prescribed due in part to the present definition of clinical depression — experiencing low mood for a period of two weeks. He says this definition is “too loose,” noting that 75 percent of those who formulate these definitions have ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

The Effectiveness of Anti-Depressants is a Myth

In a fascinating study published in Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine (PEHM), researchers set out to determine if the effectiveness of anti-depressants was a myth.

Their eye-opening findings reveal the un-trustworthiness that pervades the drug review system. Although medical literature reports several hundred anti-depressant clinical trials that yielded “positive” results, the PEHM’s closer analysis shows a different story. Here is what they found:

  • Clinical trials that received negative results were either not published or were distorted.
  • The benefits were exaggerated, as positive results of a small magnitude were reported as being large.
  • The only genuine benefit of anti-depressants was found in a tiny minority of patients who had very severe depression.

The so called “evidence” supporting the effectiveness of anti-depressants did not hold up to the scrutiny of higher standards and careful examination. Researchers who had presented a rosy picture of the effectiveness of these drugs had misinterpreted the significance of statistics and manipulated the design of the studies, as well as distorted the reporting of findings and selectively picked study populations based on bias. All of these blatant breaches in ethics have nourished a myth that these drugs alleviate depression.

Anti-Depressants are the Common Denominator in Mass Shootings

A chilling link between anti-depressants and murderous violence is pointed out by Lawrence Hunter of the Social Security Institute who states, “In virtually every mass school shooting during the past 15 years, the shooter has been on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.” The common denominator among the perpetrators of this violence is anti-depressants. Moreover, John Hinckley, Jr., Ted Kaczinski and the Amish school killer Charles Carl Roberts IV were all under the influence of these medications where they committed their criminal acts.

Psychiatrist Peter Breggin relates to Fox News that depression rarely leads to violence. He explains that murders and mass murders associated with depression have only occurred after the advent of a certain class of anti-depressants. Furthermore, the Physicians’ Desk Reference, which is an authoritative source of drug information, lists suicidal and homicidal ideas as hazardous side effects of these drugs.

The prevailing mindset is that anti-depressants are relatively harmless medications that elevate mood. In reality, they are mind-altering, potentially dangerous drugs that only offer a benefit to those who are very severely depressed.


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About the author:

Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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  • researcher

    There is a lot of research that most people don’t know about:
    1 in 6 become manic (bipolar) by taking antidepressants and will be wrongly diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder. They will then be told they need medication for life and given antipsychotics, lithium and antiepileptics (mood stabilizers) in cocktails that have never been researched.
    In the longest and largest antidepressant study conducted (STAR-D) only 3 percent had effect after one year of treatment with several antidepressants.
    7 out of 10 get their sex lives destroyed by these pills
    Suicide risk may increase with up to 600%, especially in young people.
    Once you have started on antidepressants you have an 85% risk of becoming chronically depressed. Without antidepressants, your risk for chronic depression is only 15%
    Antidepressants can both stimulate and numb feelings and thoughts so as to make people do strange and often violent things. Very honest and good people may suddenly steal, embezzle money and even commit murder.
    Many people have extreme side effects when they try to stop. They usually think it is depression and anxiety coming back, and don’t dare to try stopping again.
    Most doctors reduce medication too quickly when patients want to stop. You should never try to reduce more than 10% of the medication every 2 weeks. That means a minimum tapering period of 20 weeks. Rule of thumb: use one month to withdraw for every year you have been on the medication. 10 years of use=10 months tapering.
    In research, antidepressants don’t work better than sugar pills, even in the short run. So they are medications with extreme risks and no benefit.
    There are many treatments that work. Simply taking a quick walk for 20 minutes 3 times a week has better effect in research than an antidepressant. Cognitive therapy works better than antidepressants, and have lasting effects.
    Google on Breggin and Whitaker to find more info and references to all of this research.
    Ex- National Institute of Mental Health researcher

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    WuW note: the following comment was received via email from a reader by the name of JC Allen, and is recorded below on her behalf, with her consent:

    “This I just have to tell you how spot on this article by Mary West was.

    This article is so honestly on the mark. I have taken myself off some very potent antidepressants over the last year. However, the last one (Viibryd) is proving to be impossible. The day that I take 10mg less becomes a day of self hate and loathing and hate and loathing for everyone around me. It is such a strong, deep down emotion that is wanting to erupt. It’s this thought of letting it erupt that l think will make me a least feel better for a little while. Deep inside of me is a bad movie going on… prayers have held it back so far. Now that I do not have health insurance because I had to quit work due to this internal movie… I cannot get medical help. This is a double edged sword. I hope that the physicians STOP doling out these meds without the consistent follow-up that is needed.

    I am a 62 year old widow and if I didn’t believe in God, I would have put myself to sleep a while ago. A short bit of info: Family and friends do not and cannot understand or relate to this, so one is on their own.”