Of course, we will never know what made Moat do it – but there are some pieces of the complex jigsaw coming to light now.
In my previous post (link) I wrote that the sister of one of Moat’s victims had said in a newspaper interview last week that “Moat had “flipped out” after being denied his regular antidepressants and steroids in prison.
Since that post I have been emailed by Mark G (many thanks) who has read the whole of Moat’s 49 page letter to the Police… and he points out this very important extract:
“I’ve slept 1 hour per night for three weeks now and am chomping my jaw like I’m on extacy [sic]. I thought it was the medication, but I’ve been off since I came out. It feels like I’m watching a film, not real at all.”
So – what do we know?
We know that Moat was on antidepressants.
We know that he experienced problems (“flipped out”) when denied his anti depressants.
We also now know that he had been off his “medication” since he left jail.
The rest is history.
I would suggest Moat was very probably suffering from severe SSRI withdrawal, having stopped his medication abruptly – and yes, I am making the presumption that the “medication” he wrote about was an SSRI…
But of course we will find out exactly what he had been taking as part of the detailed police investigation into this tragic case – won’t we?
We need to know more – we need to know the truth. Potentially, this has wide ranging implications for the treatment of millions of patients in the UK alone.
And we need to know what kind of doctor simply denies a patient his “regular antidepressants” while in prison? That surely is recipe for disaster.
WHEN ARE THE AUTHORITIES GOING TO TAKE NOTE AND INVESTIGATE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EXTREME BEHAVIOUR, VIOLENCE AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS?
“…I thought it was the medication, but I’ve been off it since I came out…”