(Article changed on December 31, 2012 at 15:40)I am a human rights advocate, and I wish to respond to the recent blog post called "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" seen in OpEdNews. "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," was written by a woman in Boise, Idaho, who clearly loves her son but is afraid of his violent tendencies that she can not control. While recognizing dealing with a child out of control is frightening and emotionally exhausting, I want to take a different look at the same problem. Here is clearly a mother at her wits end, dealing with a situation, caused by her son's mental condition, that leads her to fear for her own life when she is confronting his anger and aggression. But this situation did not occur overnight, there were clearly many lapses in social support systems to this traumatized family. There was inadequate respite care
But in our society there is also the lack of education to the families about how to deal with angry out busts and aggressive behavior, leaving them without the tools to control behavior. This can lead to a "I will take you to the hospital" if you misbehave syndrome or "Here's another Pill". We as a society have accepted the concept that a pill will "cure" everything. There often are a lack of social supports and educational programs
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According to news reports Adam Lanza was reported to be suffering from Aspergers' syndrome. Although the Asperger's syndrome is in some ways similar to autism, a child with Asperger's syndrome typically has normal language and intellectual development. A pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger syndrome is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. This is a mental disability, but is not the cause of his violence. Psychologists and psychiatrists agree that people with autism or Asperger's are not more likely to commit violent crimes than members of the general population, but it rarely does happen. They may not pick up on social cues and may lack inborn social skills, such as being able to read others' body language, start or maintain a conversation, and take turns talking. They dislike changes in routines and be unable to recognize subtle differences in speech tone, pitch and accent. They may appear to lack empathy because they do not understand the meaning of others, and avoid eye contact, and have unusual facial expressions or postures. A person with Asperger's syndrome may have a sensory processing disorder and thus have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures. The mainstay of management of patients with Asperger's is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness. Most children improve as they mature to adulthood, but social and communication difficulties may persist.
But what happens to a person with this disorder when you add a drug - an SSRI or anti-depressant to his daily medications. These drugs have a Food and Drug Administration black box warning that states that they increase the risk of violent thoughts, suicide and other violent acts. This is the real fact that is being hidden from the American public because the pharmaceutical company makes so much profit on these medications that we as a society have allowed them to buy silence from the courts, from the prosecutors, from the politicians, from the legislators, from the medical professionals, from the social workers and ultimately from the parents. So my advice to the mother who feels like she was Adam Lanza's mother - I ask you to read the FDA black box warning label on the pills you feed your kid every day.
Solvay Pharmaceuticals bought the silence of the victims of Columbine and may have also bought the silence of the parents of the shooters, but the public deserves to hear the truth. This medication is still being given to patients, but now under another brand name. After the multiple homicides, Solvay sold the legal rights to the drug to another company. Changing the name and distributing it from another manufacturer means that the knowledge of the drugs dangers is thus hidden from the public.
These psychiatric drugs, and there are so many of them now being used (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox,Effexor, Serzone, Remeron, Lexapro, Seraphim) are designed to work on the brain by impairing your ability to metabolize serotonin. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI's) do exactly that they Inhibit the re-uptake of serotonin at the level of the brain cell, this leaves excess serotonin which allows continued stimulation of the neuron. But higher levels of serotonin can cause patients to suffer from psychosis or schizophrenia, depression and anxiety.
Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, has a Ph.D. in Health Sciences with the emphasis on Psychology, is the director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. She has specialized for 14 years in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on Prozac. Dr. Ann Blake Tracy PhD has been studying the effects of these drugs and reports that Australian researchers have found that SSRI medication actually increase the serotonin to a level eight times higher than normal. A high level of serotoin can cause patients to experience schizophrenia, psychosis, organic brain disease, anorexia, autism, and even lead to the kind of depression and anxiety that causes violent actions such as suicides, repeated suicide attempts, very violent suicide, violent crime, arson, substance abuse or cravings for alcohol and other drugs, insomnia, violent nightmares, plus impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment. Ely Lily - the manufacturer of Prozac and countless other pharmaceutical drugs - reports that ADD patients prescribed Prozac are twelve times more likely to commit suicide than those with ADD who are not taking it - http://www.drugawareness.org/home.html.
These medications can cause hostility, argumentative behavior, and other inappropriate behavior because they over-ride the inherent inhibitions that keep a check on behavior. When you interfere with the basic functioning of the brain by impairing the patient's ability to metabolize serotonin then you also may create a person who is on the verge of an impulsive murder and suicide. Now doesn't that sound like what the distressed mother from the article "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," was really talking about.
So to all parents who are currently drugging their children, look at the Food and Drug Administration's black box warning label, read the prescription package insert, ask your doctor about the serious side effects of these medications, demand real informed consent before adding or switching to a new drug, it might just save a life - that life might be yours.