I don’t know a lot about this trial, but I do know that Seroxat (Paxil) can make people aggressive, impulsive, violent etc because I experienced these side effects myself. SSRI drugs like Paxil have long been linked to murder, suicides and murder/suicides for good reason. The side effects can cause these reactions.
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Luerkens, 33, is charged with first-degree murder. According to testimony Tuesday, Luerkens attacked Donald, 29, as she was leaving the Marion Hy-Vee with her 7-year-old son. Luerkens stabbed her multiple times, numerous witnesses testified Tuesday. According to the autopsy, she was stabbed 32 times in the neck, chest, stomach and back. After killing her, he stabbed and injured himself.
The defense rested and closing arguments will be 11 a.m. Friday in Linn County District Court. The jury will start deliberations in the afternoon. Follow Gazette reporter Trish Mehaffey’s live coverage from the courtroom.
Rossell said the disorder is usually treated with anti-depressants and drinking alcohol, and abusing illegal drugs like marijuana and methamphetamine isn’t recommended. Luerkens had been prescribed Paxil and was self-medicating with the alcohol and drugs, which had been reported by his family to Rossell.
There can be side effects with some anti-depressants such as agitation and suicidal ideation, Rossell said. Research has shown Paxil causes adverse side effects in some. Discontinuing Paxil has caused violent behavior in some individuals, according to the research.
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Dave Grinde painted a different picture of Luerkens as a broken man, who suffers from a severe illness. A psychologist, Luis Rossell, said Luerkens had a major depressive disorder and even the state’s psychologist, which the prosecutor didn’t have testify, agreed with Rossell. Luerkens’ family also testified about how they saw him change and his “mental state declined.”
The family said he was abusing Paxil, an anti-depressant, he was taking before April 21, along with drugs and alcohol, which contributed to his behavior. His mother testified that she saw a drastic change in his behavior when he was living with them. He was depressed and withdrawn.