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Was the Shooter on Antidepressant Drugs?

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Paroxetine (Paxil) "10.3 times"

Fluoxetine (Prozac) "10.9 times"

Varenicline (Chantix) "18 times" (Time)

As Dr. Breggin calls it on his website:  

"Antidepressants cause emotional anesthesia and numbing or sometimes euphoria, providing a fleeting, artificial relief from emotional suffering. In the long run, all psychiatric drugs tend to disrupt the normal processes of feeling and thinking, rendering the individual less able to deal effectively with personal problems and with life's challenges.   They worsen the individual's overall mental condition and produce potentially irreversible harm to the brain."  

Breggin provided expert testimony and dire warnings to a congressional committee and cautioned against dispensing antidepressants to military personnel out of a very real fear of resulting violence by well-armed troops.

Even the FDA has had to impose stronger warnings on these medicines over the years, in response to the real-world data.   The 2007 update to the "Black Box" warnings, which are mandatory and included with all antidepressants, says:

"Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk: Patients, their families, and their caregivers should be encouraged to be alert to the emergence of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, mania, other unusual changes in behavior, worsening of depression, and suicidal ideation, especially early during antidepressant treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down. Families and caregivers of patients should be advised to look for the emergence of such symptoms on a day-to-day basis, since changes may be abrupt. Symptoms such as these may be associated with an increased risk for suicidal thinking and behavior and indicate a need for very close monitoring and possibly changes in the medication." (FDA, emphasis added.)

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The United States abandoned its mentally ill citizens back in the 1980s.   Now they live under bridges.   I see them with their tent city near my favorite Chinese restaurant.   The great shining city on the hill doesn't give a damn who's living outdoors now.   The mental illness stigma has worked its way through the rest of society, but not in the obvious way.  

People don't reject "treatment" as long as it's a pill you can take, a brain fix-all.   This convenience culture idea of the quick fix is what has lived on, and now psychiatric "treatment" consists primarily of trying various drugs on patients, having them report the way the drugs affected them, and then trying other drugs.   Repeat ad infinitum.   This guinea-pig approach to psychiatry is what I have witnessed for many years, and with a variety of different psychiatrists.   They no longer seek out the underlying traumas of patients, as in the old quaint days.   It is all about the drugs today, and nothing else is even discussed.

Psychiatrists are corporate America's drug pushers.  

Banning Guns For Citizens?

Now I'm going to get a lot of hostile responses for bucking the knee-jerk hysteria about banning assault rifles that's going around.   It seems to me like this issue was custom-tailored to distract the nation from the "fiscal cliff" backroom betrayals currently gutting your Social Security and Medicare inside the centers of power.   There are numerous massacres, unfortunately.   The media volume generated by this particular one is like a tsunami and changes the top story away from the machinations of the White House and Congress, where their deal-making could potentially kill many, many more people than the occasional shooting spree.   They actually do kill many, many more children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, but that's a different article.

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I see no problem clamping down on high-capacity assault rifles.   But I don't for a second believe that's going to change anything.   What exactly can you do with an assault rifle, that you can't do with a thousand other different kinds of guns?   Reloading isn't really that time-consuming or difficult.   Multiple weapons are easy to obtain, especially if one is motivated enough and doesn't care if they make it out alive.   So how does that solve the problem?

Ah, the nuclear option -- ban all the guns.   That's next.

There's an interesting idea.   With 300,000,000 guns in America, it should be no problem to just collect them all.   Criminals would be first to line up at the weapon depository and rape scan center.   Once the criminals are disarmed, things will go smoothly.

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Joe Giambrone is an American author, freelance writer and filmmaker. Non-fiction works appear at International Policy Digest, WhoWhatWhy, Foreign Policy Journal, Counterpunch, Globalresearch, , OpedNews, High Times and other online outlets. His science fiction thriller Transfixion and his Hollywood satire (more...)

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