Connecticut school shooting… an antidepressant connection or not? We need to know the answer

Sadly it’s happened again. This time in an elementary school in Connecticut.

We need to understand the cause and we need to go beyond the usual US gun laws discussion…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I wonder if antidepressant medication is involved?

I’m not saying antidepressants are the cause, I’m asking for you to consider if an adverse reaction to  medication might be the catalyst for extreme, violent episodes in some patients

Why not check  medical records? Why not collect data? Why not ask the question?

Big pharma has done no research (that we know of, at least), but I know of one study and I’ve made mention of it in a previously, but given recent events in Connecticut, I think it’s worth bringing up once more.

Published on September 12, 2006, this study by David Healy, Andrew Herxheimer and David B. Menkes deals with an issue that cannot be ignored.

“Recent regulatory warnings about adverse behavioural effects of antidepressants in susceptible individuals have raised the profile of these issues with clinicians, patients, and the public. We review available clinical trial data on paroxetine and sertraline and pharmacovigilance studies of paroxetine and fluoxetine, and outline a series of medico-legal cases involving antidepressants and violence.

Both clinical trial and pharmacovigilance data point to possible links between these drugs and violent behaviours. The legal cases outlined returned a variety of verdicts that may in part have stemmed from different judicial processes. Many jurisdictions appear not to have considered the possibility that a prescription drug may induce violence.

The association of antidepressant treatment with aggression and violence reported here calls for more clinical trial and epidemiological data to be made available and for good clinical descriptions of the adverse outcomes of treatment”.

The link to the paper is here and I suggest you scroll down to the end and read the 9 cases listed in the annex.

Also worth a look is SSRI stories.

And there’s a video here, in which film maker Michael Moore discusses possible causes in another school shooting – Columbine.

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2 Responses to “Connecticut school shooting… an antidepressant connection or not? We need to know the answer”

  1. Lynn Says:

    Parents have to politely demand to know all the possible factors in this phenomenon, child abuse, mental illness, antidepressants, lack of resources for suffering young people, everything. Maybe parents have to try harder to teach their children to be kind to children who are different. Being on the outside because of mental illness really hurts, and the effects of antidepressants don’t help people become more likable, at least not in my case, and they don’t help people learn to cope or function better, either. I got worse. I was forced to take anti-depressants by a Connecticut psychiatrist in 1986 when I was 15. He literally said, “Take these anti-depressants or I will institutionalize you.” I was already at an “institute”, so the only thing I could imagine he meant was locking me up for the rest of my life. I know I never physically hurt myself before taking those drugs. I think the survival instinct doesn’t consider taking an overdose of pills as hurting yourself the first time, because it has had no experience of taking pills hurting you. I know I could be wrong.
    Parents, if you are told that your child should be put on drugs, please do tons of research before acquiescing. The young human brain is so vulnerable to damage as it is developing that it is a very serious thing to consider doing to your child. If your child’s behavior is awful, please try to find the courage to look at all the variables in your child’s life before giving pills. Seeing violence, mean behavior and adult content on t.v. and the internet may make children’s survival instincts frightened, and may make them be on edge or more intense and aggressive than they would otherwise be. Please go to different specialists who went to different colleges. Please find the oldest child development psychologist you can and force yourself to listen to all the possible reasons for your child’s troubles, and please, please, please try not to be defensive.
    Your child’s life could be at stake, and even if this young man was not on medication, this is another wake-up call to the issues of insufficiently treated mental illness and the lack of support and psychological help for children going through divorce and all mental health situations.

  2. ron Says:

    can you remember any school shootings before started marketing these ssir drugs?


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