Psychiatric Drug Carnage…


https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/01/12/misguided-mental-health-system-needs-an-overhaul/

Misguided mental health system needs an overhaul

Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., January 9, 2017. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

Esteban Santiago is taken from the Broward County main jail as he is transported to the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., January 9, 2017. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via REUTERS

The glaring failures surrounding Esteban Santiago, resulting in the tragic killing of five people and wounding of eight others in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, prompts me to make some points about our misguided mental health system.

First, psychiatrists have no ability to predict who is going to be violent. In a Jan. 3, 2013, Washington Post article, “Predicting violence is a work in progress,” after reviewing the research, writer David Brown, reported:

• “There is no instrument that is specifically useful or validated for identifying potential school shooters or mass murderers.”

• “The best-known attempt to measure violence in mental patients found that mental illness by itself didn’t predict an above-average risk of being violent.”

• “(S)tudies have shown psychiatrists’ accuracy in identifying patients who would become violent was slightly better than chance.”

• “(T)he presence of a mental disorder (is) only a small contributor to risk, outweighed by other factors such as age, previous violent acts, alcohol use, impulsivity, gang membership and lack of family support.”

In hindsight, the danger Santiago represented seems clear, but psychiatrists simply cannot predict violence.

Second, the mental health system clearly did not help Santiago. The system is fundamentally misdirected towards drug treatment for the completely unproven, and likely untrue, theory that what gets diagnosed as mental illness is the result of some brain defect.

It seems fair to assume what would most likely have benefited Santiago was help dealing with his traumatic war experiences. Because of patient confidentiality we don’t know, but it seems likely Santiago was instead just given psychiatric drugs.

Third, it is known psychiatric drugs are the cause of just the sort of inexplicable mass-shootings perpetrated by Santiago. As the International Society of Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry said in a statement following the Sandy Hook school massacre:

• Christopher Pittman was on antidepressants when he killed his grandparents.

• Eric Harris, one of the gunmen in the Columbine High School shooting, was taking Luvox. His partner, Dylan Klebold, had taken Zoloft and Paxil.

• Doug Williams, who killed five and wounded nine of his fellow Lockheed Martin employees, was on Zoloft and Celexa.

• Michael McDermott was on three antidepressants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fellow employees in the Massachusetts Wakefield massacre.

• Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and then killed two children and wounded 25 at a nearby school.

• In 14 recent school shootings, acts committed by persons taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulted in over 100 wounded and 58 killed.

• In other school shootings, information about the shooter’s prescription drug use and other medical history were kept from public records.

Fourth, the over-reliance on psychiatric drugs is extremely harmful and counterproductive. These drugs are so physically harmful that those diagnosed with serious mental illness by the mental health system have a lower life expectancy of 20-25 years.

In addition, it has been shown a noncoercive approach, that selectively uses neuroleptics (mismarketed as “antipsychotics”), can achieve an 80 percent recovery rate, while our system of “drugs for everyone forever” results in only a 5 percent recovery rate.

Dr. Loren Mosher, former chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health, testified in one of my cases that he probably had more experience with unmedicated psychotics than anyone alive. He said he has never had to involuntarily commit anyone because he always made it a point to establish a relationship with his patient so they could agree on a course of action.

He testified that if somebody was about to do grievous harm he would stop them in any way needed, but he had never had to because of his approach.

Locking people up and drugging them against their will is not the answer. In addition to the drugs, the violence against patients by the mental health system begets violence from some of them.

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We need noncoercive programs that help people deal with their problems and the traumatic events in their lives. We need to make people feel safe, listen to what they are telling us are their problems, and what assistance they would like.

Even the craziest person is telling us something useful if we take the time to listen and interpret. There are places that successfully do not use force against psychiatric patients.

We should start doing what works and provide noncoercive, truly helpful services for people diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Jim Gottstein was a plaintiffs’ attorney in the 1 million-acre mental health lands trust litigation, resulting in the creation of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. For the past 14 years, he has donated his services to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights. He has won five Alaska Supreme Court cases regarding involuntary commitment and forced drugging on the grounds both are unconstitutional or illegal.

The views expressed here are the writer’s and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary@alaskadispatch.com. Send submissions shorter than 200 words to letters@alaskadispatch.com. 

“…We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs…”


“…by the time he was 19, they dragged him to a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antipsychotic drug, a tranquilizer and an antidepressant…”

“He wasn’t someone who was living in the real world.”

“…He said the family had taken Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel to a doctor who prescribed medication to counter his depression, but described his son as “always alone, always depressed” and not wanting to talk..”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/what-we-know-about-the-nice-attacker/7634642

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/world/europe/nice-france-bastille-day-attacks.html?_r=0

Mental illness (whatever that is) is not to blame for many of these violent acts. The common denominator in many cases like these is psychiatric drugs (known to cause dangerous, often violent side effects).

Check out the website- Antidepaware for hundreds of documented cases of psychiatric drug induced violence. And check out madinAmerica for brilliant articles from many highly respected and educated people (working in the mental health arena) willing to speak out about these dangerous psychiatric drugs…

What ‘medication’ was the Nice Attacker ( Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel) prescribed over the years? what psychiatric drugs was he on before or during the attack?

These are questions which the media needs to ask…

 

https://www.rt.com/news/351637-nice-attacker-family-psychiatric/

“…He’d get angry and shout and break everything around him. He was violent and very ill. We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs…

..Whenever there was a crisis, we took him back again. He was always alone. Always silent, refusing to talk. Even in the street, he wouldn’t greet people.”..

-Father of the Nice Jihad Attacker

(Lahouaiej Bouhlel)

“…Desperate, by the time he was 19, they dragged him to a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antipsychotic drug, a tranquilizer and an antidepressant”..


Psychiatric drugs (such as SSRI’s like Seroxat) can turn some people aggressive, violent, hostile, and even murderous and suicidal…

Psychiatrists won’t tell you that, and neither will your doctor, and the drug companies will warn in the small print on the PIL’s (to cover their asses from lawsuits)…

But the ones who will tell you the truth about these dangerous drugs are those of us who have been prescribed them… those of us who experienced these hideous and disturbing side effects…

The psychiatric SSRI drug Seroxat made me aggressive, volatile and suicidal, it did the same to many others too…

Seroxat has been devastating lives since at least the mid 90’s…


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-509303/Maker-happy-pill-Seroxat-sued-man-killed-wife-drug.html

Maker of ‘happy pill’ Seroxat is sued by man who killed wife while on drug

By ANDREW WILKS

Last updated at 22:43 19 January 2008

Dorey, a chef, was jailed for life in August 2002 for murdering his wife Christine, 37, at their home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, while their three young children slept upstairs.

At his trial Dorey, who will be eligible for parole in 2011, admitted manslaughter and told police he had “just flipped” because he believed his wife was having an affair.

She was hit at least ten times with a club hammer.

When Dorey was found in his car shortly afterwards, he had a packet of Seroxat tablets with him.

He had dialled 999 to tell police what he had done.


Since it was first prescribed in 1990, Seroxat has been linked to at least

50 suicides.

GSK, which makes up to £1billion a year from the drug, has been accused of failing to act on warnings that it could have serious side-effects, including personality changes.

In 2003 it was banned for under-18s amid concerns it contributed to suicide among adolescents with depression.

The same year a man arrested for armed robbery had charges dropped after medical reports concluded his behaviour could have been altered by Seroxat withdrawal symptoms.

 

 

 

 

Alli (GSK’s Weight Loss Pill): Another GSK Product With ‘Hidden Harms’? …


A weight-loss pill taken by millions of patients in the last two decades has been propped up by problematic clinical studies that “systematically understated” the drug’s potential harms, according to a new analysis. Danish researchers who reviewed data summaries and published journal articles found that seven drug trials funded by the drug maker Roche in the 1990s downplayed the frequency of apparent side effects like diarrhea or incontinence.

The drug, known to scientists as orlistat, and marketed in the US as Alli, has generated hundreds of millions in sales but has slumped in recent years in part because of a reputation for unpleasant gastrointestinal side effects.

The analysis shines light on “something that clinicians often are suspicious of: that the adverse event reporting in clinical trials doesn’t give the whole picture,” said Dr. Raj Padwal, a clinical pharmacologist and internist at the University of Alberta, who was not involved in the analysis.

The new research, published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine, didn’t examine the data reports that were submitted to the Food and Drug Administration when orlistat was approved, first in 1999 as a prescription drug sold by Roche as Xenical or later as a low-dose, over-the-counter pill sold by GlaxoSmithKline as Alli. (The FDA did, however, review the data from the trials in question.)

Those trials, conducted in the 1990s by researchers at academic or medical centers, resulted in journal articles. To evaluate the thoroughness of these articles, the Danish researchers compared them to data summaries submitted to European regulators, which were obtained by filing Freedom of Information Act requests. They found that the publications disclosed just a fraction — between 14 and 33 percent — of patients’ so-called “adverse events” as compared to the data summaries.

For example, two of the publications left out apparent side effects that occurred in fewer than 5 percent of trial participants; another counted multiple reports from the same patient as just one adverse event.

Another two articles, which are listed currently on Alli’s website as evidence of the drug’s safety and effectiveness, were also problematic. One of them only reported apparent side effects deemed “common”; the other omitted reports of apparent side effects that weren’t at least twice as common among trial participants taking the drug as those taking a placebo.

All of the studies in question still stand in the scientific literature.

Anja von Treskow, a spokeswoman for Roche, said the reporting on the trials “was done according to the standards of the time” and that the company “continuously update[s] our methods” to comply with changing standards.

Joanmarie Goddard, a spokeswoman for Alli’s marketer, GlaxoSmithKline, said the company “take[s] adverse event reporting for our products very seriously and routinely monitor[s] safety information in conjunction with health care professionals and regulatory agencies worldwide.”

The rise and fall of a weight-loss pill

In the first year after Roche brought Xenical to market in the US, the drug brought in $600 million worldwide. Over the course of the 2000s, the drug was prescribed 11 million times in the US, according to an analysis of data from the consumer group Public Citizen. When GSK launched the drug over-the-counter as Alli in 2007, it blew through the gates, selling $155 million in its first weeks on the market.

The drug, which is meant to be paired with diet and exercise, works by preventing the body from absorbing fat. But excreting lots of fat makes the stool oily, leading to gastrointestinal side effects for many patients.

Even at the drug’s peak, warning signs were apparent. US prescriptions of Xenical declined every year. A 2007 study of nearly 17,000 patients found that just 6 percent of participants were still taking Xenical after one year; after two years, it was down to 2 percent.

That’s an indication that “the balance between efficacy and harms is not very beneficial,” said Dr. Jeppe Schroll, lead author of the new analysis and a researcher at the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen.

Then in 2010, the FDA added a warning to both Xenical and Alli cautioning about “rare reports” of liver damage; a 2012 study found such alarming toxicity effects that the researcher immediately reported his findings to the FDA.

Roche no longer markets Xenical in the US, though generic versions of the prescription drug are still available. GSK no longer breaks out Alli sales in its financial reports, and wouldn’t comment on current sales figures for the drug. A pack of 120 Alli pills sells online for $56.

In spite of orlistat’s struggles, drug makers aren’t giving up on the pill. A Canadian drug company, M Pharmaceutical, is working on a reformulated alternative that will steer clear of the existing drug’s “socially unacceptable ‘underwear issues.’”

The problem of hidden harms

It’s hard to say how common the harms reporting discrepancies uncovered in the new orlistat analysis are.

The Danish researchers noted that space restrictions in journals may have played a role in what was disclosed, and that data reporting standards that have since been developed might make their findings less applicable to newer drugs.

Dr. Rohan Khera, a cardiology fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center who has studied the effectiveness of different weight-loss drugs, called the new analysis “a good start in figuring out that there is a need to study this in further detail.”

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a consumer advocate with Public Citizen who has unsuccessfully petitioned US regulators to take orlistat off the market, believes the stakes are high. “If you’re a doctor and rely on medical journals, you may be misled. Doctors don’t have the time to go reading the actual raw data,” he said.

Helen O’Driscoll thinks parents should be told of children’s medication


http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mother-who-lost-three-boys-urges-disclosure-of-mental-treatment-31467141.html

Ms O’Driscoll told the Irish Independent she was “totally shocked” by the number of medications Jonathan was on.

“I found a lot of tablets after Jonathan had passed away, God speed him. He seemed to be on a lot of tablets. But his inquest heard that it was reckoned he hadn’t taken any medication at all for about a week before it happened.”

https://truthman30.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/what-meds-did-they-prescribe-jonathan-o-driscoll/


The mother of twin boys who were stabbed to death by their older brother, who then took his own life, says she thinks parents should be better informed of their children’s medication.

It emerged that 21-year-old Jonathan O’Driscoll had been off his tablets for a number of days before he stabbed nine-year-old twins, Thomas and Patrick, more than 40 times each at their home in Charleville, Co Cork, last September.

Doctors do not have to inform parents of their children’s medication once they are no longer minors.

Their mother Helen O’Driscoll says she would have monitored Jonathan if she had known.

Helen said: “I think the age barrier of confidentiality for an adult, they call them adults now from 18 upwards, I think that should stop.

Helen went on to state that she didn’t know how sick Jonathan was, saying that she didn’t know how much medication he was on: “No I did not know.

“I think their parents have the right to know if they’re suffering with some sort of a problem or if they have whatever kind of sickness that they have… They’ll look more clearly.

“Whereas, if you don’t know what he is taking or what medication he’s on, you don’t know what’s from day to day.

“They reckon he didn’t take any medication for about a week when he died.”

Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline for Daughter’s Zofran Death


June 28, 2015, 08:00:00AM. By
Deertrail, CO: Amanda recently filed a product liability complaint against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Zofran, claiming the drug she used during pregnancy caused her son to be born with a birth defect.

Zofran Linked to Hypospadias Birth Defect, Mother Furious“My son was born with hypospadias, where the urethra forms abnormally and is not at the top of his penis,” says Amanda. “The urologist told me that it is a birth defect.” The urethra forms during weeks 8-14 of pregnancy: Amanda took Zofran to help treat morning sickness during her second trimester, which is from week 13 to the end of week 26.

The abnormal opening can form anywhere from just below the end of the penis to the scrotum, and there are different degrees of hypospadias; some can be minor and some more severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amanda’s son required surgery when he was two months old to correct the problem but he still suffers from the birth defect.

“I don’t know if I can put my son through another surgery,” says Amanda. “I first noticed that his penis wasn’t normal after his circumcision – he wasn’t urinating properly. Now he is three years old and still having problems: he says it hurts. I’m scared about putting him through another surgery in case it doesn’t get corrected again. But I am getting a second opinion.”

When Amanda discovered last year that there was a link to Zofran and hypospadias, she was furious. “I cried so much, and the guilt is overwhelming. I am constantly dealing with this issue. You think that taking a drug is safe, especially for something ‘simple’ like morning sickness. Finding out the danger of this drug really is devastating, and very scary. And to top it off, I heard that the Zofran manufacturer was aware of Zofran birth defects yet didn’t recall it.”

In 2004, the medical journal An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology indicated a “possible” link between Zofran (ondansetron)] and hypospadias. The study noted that more studies are required and suggested that GSK lacked safety research on its drug. As well, the researchers said that “Despite the fact that it is not indicated, women are being prescribed this drug for the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP).”

“When my son pees, his penis points down at an angle. He has two holes, and urinates from one of them. He is a healthy boy except for this,” Amanda adds. “I didn’t take Zofran with my second child and he is fine. Thank god I didn’t have NVP with him, or maybe I was just able to handle the nausea better.

“I can’t believe there is a drug on the market that can harm innocent babies. I’d like to see that come off the shelf. I hope this message serves as a warning to pregnant women who are considering taking Zofran.” Add to Amanda’s warning, doctors who prescribe it.

The US Department of Justice in 2012 reached a $3 billion settlement with GSK after the government alleged the company promoted the off-label uses of several drugs, including Zofran.

Aurora Shooter James Holmes And Psychiatric Medication (Setraline/Zoloft And Clonazepam/Benzo)


Some news out recently from the James Holmes (cinema shooter) trial in Colorado. Two psychiatric medications were found in Holmes’ apartment- Setraline/Zoloft and Clonazepam (a Benzo). The article from CNN doesn’t say what dose Holmes was prescribed of these meds, however Zoloft and Benzos do have serious side effects which included ‘worsening depression’, ‘personality changes’, psychosis, etc etc. It is not known at this point in the trial of James Holmes whether the side effects of these medications have played a part in causing Holmes to murder 12 people and injure scores of others in this horrific mass murder cinema shooting. However, psychiatric medications have long been linked to violence, aggression, suicide, murder, and murder suicide and it will be interesting to hear what the psychiatrist who prescribed these meds to Holmes (Lynne Fenton) says when she testifies…

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/23/us/james-holmes-trial-aurora-colorado-movie-theater-shooting/

3. Prescription medicine in Holmes’ apartment

While Holmes’ defense team has not cross-examined any of the survivors who have taken the witness stand, they did question an Aurora police detective who searched Holmes’ apartment.

Detective Thomas Wilson collected several items from the apartment on Paris Street on the day after the shooting.

Wilson seized receipts, a wall hanging, a vehicle title and a backpack, among other evidence — mostly mundane, everyday items that most college students would have hanging around.

However, there were a couple of items the defense chose to point out, some medications collected from a medicine cabinet in Holmes’ bathroom. They included sertraline and clonazepam, both apparently prescribed by an L. Fenton, according to the prescription labels.

“And you recognize that L. Fenton to be the psychiatrist at CU,” defense lawyer Katherine Spengler questioned, emphasizing that Holmes had sought mental health help while he was a grad student at the University of Colorado.

“Yes, ma’am,” Wilson responded.

Sertraline is typically used for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and social anxiety disorder, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Clonazepam may be used to treat seizures, panic disorders and anxiety.

It’s unknown exactly why Holmes’ had been prescribed these medications. In opening statements, the defense asserted that Holmes lives with schizophrenia.

Dr. Lynne Fenton is expected to testify at some point.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-dr-lynne-fenton-james-holmes-20150603-story.html

What will Dr. Lynne Fenton say about her former patient James Holmes?

 

By Maria L. La Ganga contact the reporter

Lynne Fenton was the mental health professional who treated Holmes longest and is expected to testify at trial

Some of the mystery surrounding the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre has been cleared up — at least as far as the prosecution is concerned — as the sixth week of trial begins to wind down.

Large swathes of James E. Holmes’ strange brown notebook have been read aloud in open court, and the entire volume has been released to the public. Victims, whose names were blacked out of otherwise open court documents, have testified about their pain and loss.
James Holmes speaks: ‘I just considered them numbers really, not people’
James Holmes speaks: ‘I just considered them numbers really, not people’

The jury has heard the 27-year-old acknowledged shooter, who killed 12 people and injured 70, talk about what happened in Theater 9 of the Century 16 multiplex via 22 hours of video recordings played over the last week in Division 201 of the Arapahoe County Justice Center. The entire trial is being live-streamed.

But one voice that has yet to be heard is that of Dr. Lynne Fenton, the psychiatrist who treated Holmes the longest and was the last mental health professional to see him before the July 20, 2012, rampage during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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James Holmes wanted to kill ‘as many people as possible’ in Colorado theater rampage

Holmes faces 166 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Fenton was medical director of the student mental health service at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, where Holmes was a graduate student in the neuroscience program.

Fenton saw Holmes several times over the first half of 2012. Their last appointment was on June 11, 2012, around the time he was dropping out of school.

James Holmes’ sealed notebook gets mentioned by prosecution, and defense
James Holmes’ sealed notebook gets mentioned by prosecution, and defense

On July 19, Holmes mailed the psychiatrist his brown, spiral-bound notebook. But she never received the slim volume, with her troubled patient’s plans to “kill as many people as possible” and his strange ramblings.

Fenton is expected to testify during the five-month proceeding, although it is not clear which side she will testify for and whose case she will help most. An exhaustive gag order keeps everyone involved in the trial from speaking outside the courtroom.

But the prosecution has played the video recordings of court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. William Reid prodding Holmes in an effort to assess whether the defendant is sane.

And during those interviews, Holmes talked about his relationship with his former doctor. She was afraid of him, he said, and called campus officials with her concerns about safety. He said he never told Fenton about buying guns and protective clothing and planning a massacre.

Fenton had prescribed Holmes sertraline, a generic version of Zoloft used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and Clonazepam, usually prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks.

The drugs may have had an unfortunate side effect, as was evident in the recorded interviews.

Reid: What about the psychiatry with Fenton made the fear go away?

Holmes: I thought the drug sertraline helped reduce anxiety and fear.

Reid: It sounds a little like you’re saying, if you hadn’t had the medication, the shootings never would have taken place.

Holmes: I’d say it was a possibility.

Once Holmes left school, his insurance would not cover his sessions with Fenton, he said. One way he communicated his money problems, he told Reid, was to slide $400 in burned $20 bills into the notebook before he mailed it.

“Money was a factor with me not continuing the therapy,” Holmes said. “If I stayed and got further treatment I might have not done the shooting.”

Aine’s story: ‘I was unaware of potential adverse effects to my prescribed antidepressants’


http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/mental-health/aines-story-i-was-unaware-of-potential-adverse-effects-to-my-prescribed-antidepressants-31218347.html

Aine’s story: ‘I was unaware of potential adverse effects to my prescribed antidepressants’

Published 13/05/2015 | 08:51

Aine O'Beirne Open Gallery 1
Aine O’Beirne

“I’ve suffered from anxiety most of my life. About 10 years ago I started to get panic attacks. I was prescribed the antidepressant SSRI Citalopram and was on it for about three years. Initially it did seem to help. However, I was unaware of potential adverse effects.

In the summer of 2008, I went into mania psychosis while on the SSRI. Psychosis is a temporary loss of touch with reality. There was a spiritual aspect to my experience. I wasn’t violent. I live in a culture that lacks empathy and understanding of such experiences, even more so seven years ago.

I ended up admitted to a psychiatric hospital without being involved in that decision. I did have more insight into what was going on than people seemed to realise. I found the initial admission to hospital very traumatic, even more distressing than the symptoms I was experiencing.

Stigma

I was never told that antidepressants could cause these symptoms, despite the evidence that is out there. Knowing this would have helped immensely, especially with the social stigma.

I was quickly given the label “bipolar”, which should not happen when the drug can be causing the symptoms.

While some tranquilisers can offer relief to a person when used short-term, I was unnecessarily put on several strong and potentially damaging drugs long-term. These drugs were very sedating.

I slept half the day and had a poor quality of life.

A turning point was when I connected to the right doctors and went to see Prof Ivor Browne who listened to my human story and gave me a new perspective. Ivor worked in a methodical way. He told me I was not “mentally ill”, which was quite liberating.

It’s been a difficult seven years. My career ended, which created another set of problems.

The whole experience has affected some of my personal relationships. I use WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) in my recovery and benefit from self-awareness, rest, yoga, meditation, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, journaling and talk therapy. Support from others is vital.

Relapse

Any changes to the drugs a person is on needs to be made slowly and under the supervision of a doctor.

I am now off most of the drugs nearly four years. In the first two years I was prone to relapse as my body readjusted to being off prescribed psychoactive drugs.

I no longer go into mania psychosis, which is a major step in my recovery journey.

I’m hoping others may learn from my story. I engage with the mental health system through a number of initiatives in the hope of bringing about change.

Certain changes such as an open dialogue approach can make such a difference to the person in emotional distress.”

Aine O’Beirne was prescribed an SSRI antidepressant 10 years ago. Three years later she went into psychosis and hasn’t been able to work since

In 1991, Jeffrey Lieberman (On The FDA Panel) Officially Cleared Paxil Of Any Link To Suicide (ABC News- 2003)


So Jeffrey, what do you think now then? Do you think Paxil (Seroxat) causes suicide? or not?

It says in this ABC News article from 2003 that you were part of the 1991 FDA panel that cleared Paxil of any links to suicide? Were you receiving any funding, or money from speaking engagements etc, from GSK at this time, Jeffrey? Would you care to enlighten us on this- and also what are your views on Paxil now? Do you still think it’s safe? and also are you still receiving money/payment from GSK or any other drug companies? Where can we find full disclosures pertaining to this?

It seems that also- according to a NY Times Article about dodgy Paxil CR drugs coming out of a GSK plant in Puerto Rico- in 2005,  you were – at least- aware that Paxil had a quick and severe withdrawal syndrome, maybe you could relay that information to people when you are on your next talk show, blithering about your new book? Wouldn’t that be in patients’ interests?

(GSK spokeswoman) “Ms. Pekarek said the problems with the pills were unlikely ever to hurt patients. Patients who took an inert half of Paxil CR would be no worse off than if they had simply skipped a day’s dose – something that happens often, she said.”

“But Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, said Paxil was the wrong drug to skip for a day. Paxil remains in the bloodstream far shorter than Prozac.”

You also said that: “In 1991, we said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support a link,” said Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of North Carolina and a member of the panel. “Now there is evidence, at least in children, and I wouldn’t rule out that it’s in adults, too.”

So what is your opinion now Jeffrey? do you rule out (or in) the link between Paxil and suicide? And furthermore, why do you compare anti-depressants to Insulin when you know that these drugs cause severe withdrawals, and you also know they are definitely dangerous in kids, and say they might be in adults? (I can assure you they are just as dangerous in any age group Jeffrey).

Despite your earlier views that Paxil, and SSRI’s in general, might cause suicide in adults based on the evidence that they definitely can in children, in 2004 on an article about the effectiveness of antidepressant use in kids you said:

“Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, said he found the report persuasive. “What the report said is that the risks of not treating patients with severe depressive illness is outweighed by the risk of treating them with SSRIs,” Lieberman said.”

Critics pointed to some weaknesses in the latest report. The task force did not have access to some data that British drug regulators used to reach with opposite conclusions. And it did not undertake a sophisticated and difficult “meta-analysis” in which data from many studies are pooled for examination. Other researchers are conducting such an analysis.

In addition, critics of these medicines noted that nine of the 10 task force members have significant financial ties to the drug industry, although such ties are common among prominent researchers. The task force said no industry money financed the report.

So which is it Jeffrey, either these drugs are safe, effective, and efficacious or they are not? either they can cause suicide, in adults and kids, or they can’t? what is your opinion now Jeffrey, in light of all the evidence in 2015? Maybe you should read the hundreds of blog posts and links about Paxil (Seroxat) on my blog and you just might begin to see the stark reality of the dangers of these drugs you’ve been involved with these past decades…

One final thing, in your recent interview on ABC news, you down-played the fact that anti-depressants were over prescribed, and you made no mention of either your own links to drug companies, or the range of data now indicating that SSRI’s have been harming people for decades- yet in 2004, while commenting on the black box warnings on all antidepressants  you said

“Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of North Carolina, said that the agency’s action suggested that antidepressants had become too popular and physicians too casual about dispensing them.

“I think the effect of these warnings will be to have physicians become a bit more conservative in using these drugs,” Dr. Lieberman said. “They’ll start limiting their use of them just to patients who are clearly depressed with clinically significant symptoms as opposed to those who have very mild symptoms.”

So, 11 years ago, you thought that the drugs were possibly dangerous in adults, definitely dangerous in kids, and vastly over prescribed, yet you have been in the media recently claiming that SSRI’s are no different that taking insulin for diabetes, and that “Robert Whitaker is a menace to society” and furthermore you downplay the fact that anti-depressants are even more over-prescribed today than they ever were, by comparing them with the over-prescription of anti-biotics. Why do you have so many vastly opposing views? What do you really think? It seems to me- that similar to a politician- you sway your views with whichever way the tide of public opinion is swaying- on any given day in any given era… hardly expert or reliable is it?

It seems to me Dr. Lieberman, that your opinion is about as credible as a snake oil salesman.. but boy have you made a lot of money out of the ‘mental health industry’ haven’t you?… good luck with the new book… I’m sure you’ll sell stack loads… I have to say though, I’d rather invest in good quality toilet roll… suffice to say, I won’t be reading it..

ps.. you’re speech from 2014.

“Time to Re-Engage With Pharma?”

….is hypocritical, disturbing, ill-conceived and basically downright appalling…

It seems you have never stopped personally and professionally engaging with Pharma Jeffrey- perhaps that’s part of the reason why you are so utterly biased and conflicted?


(NaturalNews) In a recent message to subscribers, American Psychiatric Association President Jeffrey Lieberman urged members to support big pharma.

He did this while openly admitting that the pharmaceutical industry makes a practice of advertising unethically, paying off doctors, and suppressing critical scientific data as to the dangers of their drugs.

With calm and poise, President Lieberman reminded APA members that we need big pharma and they need us. In fact, he suggests we’d be lost without them.

What would we do without pharmaceuticals? Who would support scientific research? How would psychiatrists stay in business? Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman is asking these questions as if the answer obviously favors supporting and sustaining a criminal industry.

It would seem that, according to Lieberman, humanity would be lost and all medical advancement would come to a screeching halt if not for the scoundrels who run big pharma.

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2003/s920461.htm

Concerns over the prescription of anti-depressants to adolescents

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The World Today – Friday, 8 August , 2003  12:30:24

Reporter: Tanya Nolan

ELEANOR HALL: Now to concerns about the prescription of anti-depressants to adolescents, with the American Food and Drug Administration considering whether tighter restrictions should be placed on their use.

After examining new evidence suggesting young people taking the anti-depressant Paxil have a higher risk of suicide, the FDA is due to decide next week whether the drug, should be prescribed to people under the age of 18.

And the prediction is that the Administration will follow the recent decision by British health authorities to declare that the drug in fact must not be prescribed to young people.

And in Australia, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration already cautions against the prescription of anti-depressants to children, but it has strengthened its position in the last two months, as Tanya Nolan reports.

TANYA NOLAN: It was the clinical trial conducted by GlaxoSmithKline into its own drug Paxil, or Aropax as it’s known here in Australia, that sparked huge public debate in the UK and recently prompted health authorities there to declare that the drug must not be prescribed to people aged under 18.

The company found that a higher risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts, in at least two per cent of the study group and that there was a similar risk of dependency on the drug. The American Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing that evidence and is considering following Britain’s lead.

Professor Jeffrey Lieberman was on the original FDA panel, which formally cleared Paxil of any link to suicide, back in 1991.

JEFFREY LIEBERMAN: Uh, the view now is that this a signal that there may be the potential risk of activating such behaviours in people who are treated with this medication and particularly in young people – adolescents or children.

TANYA NOLAN: So, is that evidence in any way conclusive that there is a link or a causal effect of the prescription of those drugs.

JEFFREY LIEBERMAN: No, no. The evidence at this point is purely associational. Further evaluation needs to be done to determine whether it’s causal.

TANYA NOLAN: Although the evidence is in no way definitive and the FDA, in fact, cautions against young people stopping their medication without professional advice, Professor Lieberman believes there is every likelihood the adverse effects identified in Paxil could be found in other anti-depressants.

JEFFREY LIEBERMAN: It is known that Serotonin is a neurochemical, a neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating emotion and aggression and hostility. And it’s possible since these drugs act on serotonin that they could induce or somehow activate such behaviours.

However, if this is the case, it would not be specific to any single SRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor), but would be the case for all of the drugs that act by the same pharmacologic mechanism of action.

TANYA NOLAN: Up to 80 per cent of teenagers on anti-depressants are prescribed Arapax, here in Australia. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has long warned against the use of anti-depressants by young people, and in recent months, has toughened it stance to state that Arapax should not be prescribed to anyone under 18.

GlaxoSmithKline has changed the labelling of its product to include the new warning. However, makers of the other most commonly prescribed anti-depressants say there’s no evidence to suggest any similar risk of suicide amongst young people taking their products. And those prescribing the medicines tend to agree.

Doctor Louise Newman is Chair of the Faculty of Adolescent Psychiatry with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and she says the profession is becoming more adept at diagnosing depression in adolescents and the risks and benefits of medication are carefully weighed up.

LOUISE NEWMAN: There’s evidence that anti-depressants are actually very helpful for that type of depression, so we certainly don’t want to be withholding anti-depressants.

TANYA NOLAN: But Dr Newman says any decision by the FDA will be an important one for Australian psychiatrists.

LOUISE NEWMAN: I think that we obviously need to be guided by the FDA in terms of their monitoring of side effects of all sorts with these sorts of medications. We’re certainly very supportive of that and if there is a ruling that a particular drug shouldn’t be used, then obviously, that would be a very important finding.

I think it’s important to recognise that there is a whole range of these drugs. The evidence isn’t clearly there at the moment as to which ones are likely to be more effective. Currently, it’s probably fair to say they all seem to be equally effective in the treatment of depression.

But there needs to be an ongoing monitoring of side effect profiles and increasing research looking at the safe use of these drugs, particularly in younger populations.

ELEANOR HALL: Dr Louise Newman from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, with Tanya Nolan.

Robin Williams Had 2 Antidepressant’s In His System When He Killed Himself (Autopsy Reveals).


The mainstream media are reporting that Robin Williams had no drugs in his system when he died, but what they mean is no ‘illegal drugs’. He did have two anti-depressant’s in his system, these are legal drugs, and they can often be worse than street drugs because the (side) effects are not as well known by the public. SSRI’s do have a narcotic-like effect, and they can cause all sorts of problems, from inducing self harm, mania, akathisia, suicidal ideation, aggression, homicidal thoughts etc… Anyone on them long-term is asking for trouble…but even short term they can cause all sorts of nasty side effects….

So what were the two anti-depressant’s in his system, what doses were they? And how long was he on them? I think Robin’s family deserve to know the truth about the dangers of anti-depressant’s…

It seems that some news sites are reporting the name of one of the anti-depressant’s – Seroquel-

When authorities found Robin’s body … they saw a closed bottle of Seroquel, a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression. It was prescribed a week before he died.”

What was the other one?

What dose was he on, and how many psychiatric drugs had he been taking over the years?

This news site is reporting, both Seroquel (an A-typical anti-psychotic and mirtazapine (Remeron Zispin)

http://www.drugs.com/remeron.html

“In general, some antidepressants, especially SSRIs, can paradoxically exacerbate some peoples’ depression or anxiety or cause suicidal ideation.[55] Despite its sedating action, mirtazapine is also believed to be capable of this, and for this reason in the United States and certain other countries it carries a black box label warning of these potential effects.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetiapine

There is an emerging controversy regarding quetiapine fatalities. The deaths of at least six U.S. military veterans who were given drug cocktails including quetiapine[31] have been attributed to its inclusion by military doctors to treat PTSD. Approximately 10,000[32] lawsuits[33][34][35][36][37] against AstraZeneca for problems ranging from slurred speech and chronic insomnia to death have been filed by individuals from civilian populations.

Some have argued that additional somatic and psychiatric symptoms associated with dopaminergic super-sensitivity, including dyskinesia and acute psychosis, are common features of withdrawal in individuals treated with neuroleptics.[48][49][50][51] This has led some to suggest that the withdrawal process might itself be psychosis-mimetic, producing psychotic-like symptoms even in previously healthy patients, indicating a possible pharmacological origin of mental illness in a yet unknown percentage of patients currently and previously treated with antipsychotics. This question is unresolved, and remains a highly controversial issue among professionals in the medical and mental health communities, as well the public.[52]

http://perezhilton.com/2014-11-07-robin-williams-autopsy-results-revealed-suicide-parkinson-anxiety-paranoia/?from=post#.VF2FmNYjlo4

The first thing is that Robin was sober at the time of his death. The report stated that he only had four drugs in his system, two were anti-depressants and two were “caffeine compounds.”

However, the report also brought to light the fact that Robin was suffering from paranoia and apparently he …

“placed several wrist watches in a sock and gave them to someone because he was worried about their safe keeping.”

 


 

    Stein: Anti-depressants Gave Me Suicidal Thoughts

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    Tonight’s Emmy Awards will feature a tribute to iconic comedian and actor Robin Williams, who recently committed suicide after a lifelong battle with depression.

    Like Williams, actor Ben Stein told CBN News he also struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide.

    It’s unclear whether Williams took anti-depressants. But Stein said those drugs played a dangerous role in his personal battle with depression. He said the closest he came to actually taking his own life were the times he was taking anti-depressants.

    “The absolute worst I’ve ever felt in my entire life was under the influence of two drugs called Thorazine and Mellaril,” he said. “That was a long, long time ago, when they were supposed to make you feel better and yet, suicidal thoughts – they had the exact opposite effect and I really came close to death,” Stein told CBN Health and Science reporter Lorie Johnson.

    And then within the last several years, a drug called Wellbutrin, which is a well-known anti-depressant was prescribed to me and it actually worked quite well for about two weeks. And then I felt an overwhelming compulsion to commit suicide and I stopped taking it and it went away,” Stein said.

    Stein said he has kept his depression and thoughts of suicide at bay through prayer, rest, and fresh air, and getting in a 12-step program.

    “Unless there’s some gigantic breakthrough I’m unaware of, I would never think of touching anti-depressants again. That being said, if they work for other people, God bless ’em,” Stein said.

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