"I base this opinion on my professional and personal observations of 25 years in practice," he said in a comment on June 25.
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SSRIs Impair Roadways
It makes no sense to put planes full of people at risk by allowing pilots to fly on SSRIs when a study as far back as December 2006, in the "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry," reported that about seven out of every ten people who take antidepressants have impaired driving ability in a car, and 16% have severe motor impairments.
In addition, "reckless driving is one of the most commonly reported adverse effects of antidepressants," Dr Breggin reports.
"After taking antidepressants, disinhibited, agitated or angry drivers find themselves exploding into road rage or using their cars as instruments of suicide," he says. "This is one of the first antidepressants reactions that clinicians like myself began noticing soon after Prozac hit the marketplace."
In his book, "Medication Madness," Dr Breggin describes how an ordinarily calm, model citizen became suicidal on Paxil and drove his car into a helpless policeman in order to knock him over and get his gun so the man could kill himself with it. Although the man seriously injured the cop, he failed to get the gun.
In another case, a man described as kind and gentle turned psychotic while on Zoloft and drove his automobile into a barrier in attempt to kill his passenger wife because he believed her body was harboring an alien beast that wanted to destroy him and all of humanity.
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