Finnish gunman said he used antidepressants

This from a Finnish news source :

The Jokela gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen is very likely to have used anti-depressant drugs, which have been linked with school massacres in the United States. A message written by “Sturmgeist89”, a pseudonym used by Auvinen, appeared on the Internet a short time ago stating that he took the mood-enhancers, although he hated them.

In a video that he placed on YouTube, Sturmgeist89 displays packages of Cipralex, Zoloft, Luvox, and Prozac pills. The video “SSRI-One Pill A Day Makes You Happy” criticises medicalisation. The drugs in question are Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado in the USA, had said that they took pills in the same class of drugs. There is disagreement among experts as to whether or not the drugs can provoke destructive aggression. In a message he put on an Internet chat room Pekka-Eric Auvinen suggests that he had started using anti-depressants during the past year.

“StormSpirit”, another pseudonym used by Auvinen, wrote on the Peliplaneetta.net website that he had suffered “from some degree of depression for about a year”.

Sturmgeist89 told a Danish former female acquaintance that he felt frustrated and aggressive because of the drugs. On the other hand, in his English-language message he said that he had stopped taking the pills, at least temporarily. At Thursday’s press conference police said that Auvinen’s autopsy had not been completed, and that it was not yet known if he was under the influence of any medicines. The police are checking with Auvinen’s parents and health care officials to see if he had been prescribed antidepressants. He also may have acquired them illegally or over the Internet. The National Agency for Medicines recommends against prescribing SSRIs for people under the age of 18, because of the self-destructive or hostile emotions that they have been known to provoke.

No mention of this at all in the UK press.

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SSRIs and the Finland massacre

In my previous post, I wondered about the story of Finnish student Pekka-Eric Auvinen who killed six students, a head teacher and a nurse, before turning the gun on himself. You see the Finnish news organisations had picked up on a strong SSRI connection in this story, and indeed I have found out today that among the many videos allegedly posted on YouTube under Auvinen’s two account names (all posted within the last 2-3 weeks) were clips professing interest in various serial killers, atheism and Nazi eugenic themes, with one single, seemingly out of context clip regarding SSRIs titled “SSRI – One Pill A Day Makes You Happy… …or then not!” Auvinen himself indicated that he “ate SSRI antidepressants”.

OK – not scientific – nothing proved – but I have to ask when is someone going to put 2 and 2 together and undertake some serious research into SSRIs and their link with violence and homicide.

For more information, read A brief history of School Shootings and Seroxat and Violence – the link is made.

Sadly, there is also the SSRI Stories website to take a look at…

Glaxo and all the other drugmakers would have us believe that’s it’s all just a coincidence –  I defy anyone to read SSRI Stories and come to the conclusion there’s no connection here that nothing needs to be done.

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