Siege Barrister Mark Saunders shot dead by police had been taking anti-depressants

It’s the news I had been expecting to see… read the entire article here from the Daily Mail:

“The wealthy barrister shot dead by police marksmen at his luxury home had been taking anti-depressant drugs for several months.

Friends of Mark Saunders, 32, who was killed by at least five bullet wounds, have revealed that he had been on prescription drugs for depression and had behaved “erratically” when drinking alcohol, as he did on the day he died… friends said the cocktail of anti-depressants and alcohol, which he consumed at a pub near his home in Chelsea, West London, last Tuesday, may explain his bizarre actions.

Neighbours spoke last night of their shock at the actions of “mild-mannered” Mr Saunders.”

So what could possibly explain this bizarre tragedy? Why did he do it? What made his personality change? What made him so aggressive, and perhaps, suicidal?

Perhaps part of the answer can be found here:

Seroxat can be a killer – so says South Cumbria Coroner

or here:

SSRI Stories

or here:

Anti-depressants and massacres – Fox news investigates

When are we going to see some proper independent research into the myriad problems associated with taking – and withdrawing from – SSRIs

When?

6 Responses to “Siege Barrister Mark Saunders shot dead by police had been taking anti-depressants”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    Considering that GSK and the MHRA are regular readers of this Seroxat blog and various others (strangely enough at similar times too), I am directing the following comments at them…

    How can the MHRA , GSK and all the others involved in the Seroxat/SSRI scam sit back and do nothing as reports continue to flood in about SSRI induced violence?…
    Why do they continue to deny the problems with these drugs?

    I myself suffered personality changes on Seroxat, I became aggressive, irritated, wired and hostile. Seroxat and SSRI’s change( and impair) people’s behavior, reactions and judgement. Combined with alcohol, Seroxat made me do things which I would never normally do. I sincerely hope the family of Mark Saunders research and investigate the well known link between SSRI violence and alcohol. The drug companies and the regulators know it exists, yet they do nothing about it.

    How many more people must be harmed before the licencing, regulation and indications of these drugs are completely reassessed?

    Just recently, My cousin was in a car crash, she was dragged along by a speeding truck for half a mile. She was lucky to survive it without physical damage. Understandably she was very shaken up by the experience and started to sufer panic while driving, just recently she told me her doctor prescribed an SSRI anti-depressant…
    How are these drugs treating the origins of traumas?
    And how do doctors and the drug companies get away with prescribing them for these situations?
    It’s a dangerous scam on a mass scale and something need to be done before more lives ar destroyed by these poison pills…

  2. murphy Says:

    it was a good five hours between the time Mark Saunders started shooting at people, and the time he was shot. negotiations were ongoing since the police arrived. should it not be possible to assume the effect of the drugs he took, plus the alcohol, would have worn off by then?

  3. admin Says:

    Sorry Murphy, but I don’t think we’re on the same page… it took over two years for the effects of Seroxat to begin to wear off after slowing weaning myself off the drug.

    Antidepressants don’t give you a hit like street drugs – they change your personality over time – they can make VERY aggressive and hostile.

  4. m Says:

    Anti-depressants take many hours to clear from your system and the changes they cause to the human brain take much longer still (months), there is much evidence to suggest that this man would not have been shooting at people had he not been taking an anti-depressant

  5. truthman30 Says:

    m Says:
    July 14, 2008 at 4:03 pm
    Anti-depressants take many hours to clear from your system and the changes they cause to the human brain take much longer still (months), there is much evidence to suggest that this man would not have been shooting at people had he not been taking an anti-depressant

    I agree..
    SSRI’s have long been associated with violence and aggression, even worse in withdrawal..

  6. Ann Says:

    This story makes me mad, that man was killed because of the antidepressants he was taken, I too suffered bizzare behaviour whilst taken ssri antidepressants and ended up in a court room having never been in trouble with the police before antidepressant use, its disgusting that these drugs are allowed and no one in authority understands the side affects if they did things could have been dealt with differently, this poor man along with the man killed at guildford cathedral were nothing more than victims suffering severe side affects of their medication, why did they not get a proffesional psychitrist to analise and speak to them. The police could maybe learn from the movie makers as they seem to have more sense on how to deal with these situations. I know what antidepressants and alcohol can do, antidepressants are stimulants and alcohol disinhibits, its a dangerous
    combination, its all very well saying avoid alcohol but there are many people craving alcohol on these drugs and this also has not been researched, I think they better get there fingers out and start learning about these drugs more, before more people end up dead.


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