I almost died last year – Keppra

Keppra

I almost died last year, from psychotic depression with suicidal tendencies and a complete disconnect from reality. I should have been taken off this medicine by the first neurologist I saw shortly after being prescribed the drug for epilepsy by an ER physician due to two grand mal seizures back-to-back in one day. I started having suicidal thoughts and extremely severe depression within two weeks of starting this medication, and due to the fact that my neurologist left the hospital under mysterious circumstances, I had to find another neurologist, who began titrating me off Keppra and onto lamotrigine the day I saw him. It took me over six months to finally get entirely weaned off that medication. In the interim, I lost two jobs due to being absolutely unable to perform the functions of the job with that stuff in my body (I couldn’t remember whether I took my meds five minutes after I took them, much less implement complex software applications). I destroyed some long-term friendships and close family relationships. I was making a six-figure income before all this happened, and even the epilepsy, uncontrolled, was better than that horror show. I walked out on the Tacoma Narrows bridge one day and gave it some serious thought, as well as driving up to Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park with hopes that I’d have a seizure behind the wheel and run off a cliff. This drug needs to be TAKEN OFF THE MARKET, and I don’t care who else it helps. It’s destroyed my life. I’m living in my sister’s basement with $3000 to my name now, with no job as I’m currently unemployable, denied my unemployment as I left voluntarily (before they could fire me for my incompetence), and planning to file for SSDI. Sounds like a great drug, yes?

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My horrific experience with antidepressants

My horrific experience with antidepressants

I am now almost 9 months on from the point that my life took a dramatic turn for the worst for trying antidepressants .

My baby was 10 weeks old , as was actually doing well where my baby was concerned – I was not suffering from post natal depression. However i was experiencing some tough times in my family , a terminally ill family member and the pending divorce of my elder brother and his wife which I felt very saddened by. On a vulnerable day , after little sleep and several emotional phone calls from my brother I felt overwhelmed so visited my doctor . I spent the entire consultation talking about my brother and his wife’s deprecation, how I felt overwhelmed by it etc . It is really important to note that I was not suicidal , I had never been suicidal in my life, I felt bonded with my baby was experiencing anxiety – however nothing compared to what I would experience once I had entered the world of antidepressants . My doctor prescribed me citalopram . I felt overwhelmed. , had two children to care for, just wanted the pain of my brothers separation to go away so I stupidly took this pill . It was by far the worst decision of my life and literally sent me on a journey to hell ….I am still on my way back .

I was not warned by my doctor of any undue side effects I.e sic ideal thoughts / paranoia. / increased anxiety ect. . I was handed a prescription and told the most common side effect was a ‘dry mouth ‘. I took this pill for 12 days ….my anxiety seemed to get worse , I started to have ‘odd thoughts about worms in food ‘ , my vision was off , I started to feel disconnected and finally on day 12 I had a major panic attack . I stopped the drug . 3 days after stopping it I woke up feeling suicidal and vomiting . I thought ‘ this must be me , this must be my illness ‘ so I went back to the doctor . The doctor then gave me a different ssri … I took it for 4 days and I did not eat or sleep during most of that time and experienced chronic anxiety , I ended up at the hospital and the drug was stopped . The next two weeks that followed my life became more terrifying , I experienced anxiety I had never known in my life. , I felt suicidal , I found myself paranoid that an old lady wanted to take my baby sitting opposite me in the doctors surgery . I was terrified and thought I must be developing post natal psychosis . I was still very ignorant to the damaging effects of these drugs and had no idea that the drugs had caused these things to happen at this point . I sought out a private psychiatrist who at the time told me I was clearly suffering from severe anxiety ( she diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder ) yet all the symptoms I was now presenting to her I had not had three weeks previously just before I took my first anti depressant pill . She prescribed me mitazapine . The next three months of my life were a terrifying hell – I experienced sucidal ideation , my anxiety increased and increased , I developed new anxieties I had never had before and experienced some odd brief hallucinations . My husband had to take nine weeks off work and I had been sent to such a place of distress I now felt disconnected with my baby . My husband and I kept contacting the psychiatrist and telling her things were worse , the general message was it was me and not the drug . Finally I saw a good doctor who said he thought it was chemical , referred me to a experienced psychiatrist who explained to me that I had experienced rebound anxiety from the ssri drugs and was essentially re medicated to treat the symptoms . He did not agree with me being given mitazapine and supported me in coming off the drug . I was on mitazapine for 6 weeks , it took me another 8 weeks to come off it , I spent that entire time in a state of terror and if it were not for my husband standing by my side I would have taken my life , I know that with certainty . I contacted an agency in the uk called Cita that specialise in this area and they counselled me through the entire process and beyond . I am now having weekly therapy and treatment for post traumatic stress .

It is beyond me how any doctor can prescribe these drugs without fully informing a patient of all risks and indeed the withdrawl process that follows . These drugs work for some people ( people I know ) but they are also very very dangerous to others . I developed symptoms on these drugs I have never before experienced in my life . I have now been free of mitazapine for 3 and a half months approximately and it has been total dedication , strength and every ounce of will power I have had to start to regain my life again .

My love and bond for my baby is back but behind that is a very deep sadness for the time I lost – therapy is helping me come to terms with this . The depression is lifting, I am regaining my confidence. , the hallucination experiences ceased when I stopped the drugs but the fear of them has remained . I am now able to do simple things like watch telly and read a book , my husband is back at work and I am back to being a full time mum . The trauma if what I went through is still very raw though. , the therapy helps as does keeping busy , a healthy lifestyle and being brave enough to face my fears every day .

I would never suggest for a second that someone should not take a medication if it helps them but please make sure you are fully informed of all the risks before you do . I still get very frightened that I may have caused my brain permanent damage however every time I see a new stage in my recovery it gives me hope this is not the case . I can understand why it takes so long to recover from these experiences and it frightens me what people do in these situations if they have no family support or recourse to funds – end their lives ? I hope in sharing my story I can help someone to recover in some way . It takes such strength but you can get better , things will improve , keep strong . I wish you well on your journey however my story finds you .

 

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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If you click on the link and then go to each one of the pictures and click on them they will link to the articles discussing each case and the medications each person was on at the time of their crimes. Drugs which impair (inhibit) serotonin metabolism (SSRIs, SNRIs, Atypical Antipsychotics, etc.), thereby forcing serotonin to increase, can produce extreme out of character violence. This is documented in our database of 5000 antidepressant-induced tragedies (www.ssristories.net), as well as in many medical studies including the Kauffman study: SSRI Drugs:  More Risks Than Benefits:

http://www.drugawareness.org/kauffman-study-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-ssri-drugs-more-risks-than-benefits/

and the shocking mutant mice study by Dr. Jean Chen Shih and colleagues from the University of Southern California which everyone who is given an antidepressant, along with everyone who associates with those given an antidepressant, should be given a copy of at the time of prescription:

http://www.drugawareness.org/mutant-mice-key-to-human-violence-an-excess-serotonin/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.net
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

 

 

 


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Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks? NO!!

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

No, it would add gasoline to the raging fire which their so called “treatments” for mental illness (antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics which mimic PCP or LSD) have created. These are the drugs they have been handing out for the past almost three decades starting when this type of violence began to escalate.

We know that 7% – 10% of the population genetically do not inherit the liver function to metabolize these drugs. So for them toxic reactions come quickly.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs or SNRIs) inhibit the re-uptake of serotonin in order to force it to accumulate in the brain, even though this is the same neurotransmitter that LSD and PCP mimic to produce their hallucinogenic effects. So as an antidepressant gradually causes the serotonin to build up, the elevated levels of serotonin begin to produce LSD and PCP effects such as hallucinations, psychosis, and violence, as demonstrated in much medical research. USC has some excellent research demonstrating the extreme violence this elevation of serotonin can produce.

LSD was patented in a synthetic version by Eli Lilly, the makers of Prozac, in 1956.

PCP was on the market as an anesthetic for seven years before judges and law enforcement (not the AMA or FDA) insisted it be removed due to the violence it was producing. Luckily it was mainly given in a controlled hospital setting rather than being handed out freely by every doctor in town as antidepressants have been.

So obviously the earlier a mental illness is identified, the more individuals we will have on drugs that produce this type of violence. Of course the question can easily be answered with one database of almost 5000 cases of violence with documentation of the medication they were taking: www.ssristories.NET.

Original Article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765664361/Can-identifying-mental-illness-stop-terror-attacks.html?s_cid=Email-1

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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Elizabeth Kenny’s SICK – a Solo Performance About Medication-Induced Psychosis

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny

ELIZABETH KENNY is an actor, playwright, teacher, and lecturer. Sick, a solo performance written and performed by Elizabeth, explores a patient’s two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world — an odyssey that almost killed her. Thank you to those of you who alerted us to Elizabeth’s video! View video by clicking link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRIv1Vlc3Wk

My comment on Elizabeth’s excerpt from her play:

EXCELLENT!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your painful experience!!!!

I cannot tell you just how many cases I have seen identical to yours over the past 2 1/2 decades of specializing in adverse reactions to antidepressants! In the mid 90’s one young brain chemistry student from Israel had to handcuff his Russian fiance to him to keep her from committing suicide after they gave her birth control, then Prozac, then locked her in a psych ward and gave her Paxil next! (Why do doctors think it is going to produce a different outcome if the spell the name of the SSRI antidepressant differently?!!!)

Although atheists, they said the only way they could describe her was “possessed” until they found our website you so kindly referred to www.drugawareness.org (the oldest website on antidepressant adverse reactions), read my book, and called for help. I am happy to report that she recovered and was able to successfully sue the drug makers and appeared with me in a TV interview in a Russian documentary several years ago.

When the world begins to understand that serotonin is what LSD and PCP mimic to produce their hallucinogenic effects then maybe they will see why antidepressants produce slow fuse type LSD or PCP reactions from these drugs designed to increase the levels of serotonin!?

More from Elizabeth on how this all came about:

Sick‘s Wild Ride – From Treatment to TEDMED

Elizabeth Kenny

December 17, 2014

When I started to write my full-length play Sick in 2010 I was simply looking to understand how it was possible that I could have gotten trapped inside a “mental Illness” when all I had was ovarian cysts. I really love science. I still do. I had a respect for the medical profession and had no reason to question that the well-meaning advice and guidance I was receiving could possibly cause me harm.

The experience of making and touring the play had been so surprising. While I was living through the story – I was certain that what was happening to me was extreme, that I was one in a million and that nobody else could possibly be going through the same thing – Once I started to perform and engage with audiences I was shocked by how many people wanted to talk after the show to share their stories. I have lost count of the number of I times I heard “I think this is happening to my sister, or mother or aunt, or boyfriend.”

It has become clear to me that what I, my family and my doctors thought was a rare occurrence may be far more common than any of us can fathom. I feel an obligation as both a writer/performer and as a person who came through an iatrogenic mental illness to raise the questions – How many more people like me are there? How are people’s lives being subtly or not subtly diminished by their treatment? Are we really operating with in a system that allows for informed consent if all our drug information is coming from those who stand to profit from it’s sale?

I was invited by TEDMED to perform an excerpt from the full-length play at their conference in September. It was the 1st time I was able to reach a large mainstream dominantly medical audience. I am still digesting that experience and will talk more about it in a future post. At the end of the talk, I ask the question “So what do you think we should do?” I think most people hear this as rhetorical but I’m really asking 🙂 so as you watch and share the talk if you have thoughts, I’d love to hear them.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: PA Ex-Marine Found Dead After Killing 6 Family Members

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Bradley William Stone

Thank you to all of you who alterted me to this case, but I was already working on it and wanted it to go out with all the evidence that screams ANTIDEPRESSANT! I have bolded all evidence below that this was yet another antidepressant-induced family murder/suicide.

Bradley William Stone, 35, (#1) an Iraq war veteran from Pennsburg, PA, (#2) has now been found dead of a self -inflicted fatal stab wound apparently from a sword, (#3) after he methodically killed his ex-wife and her mother, grandmother and sister, as well as the sister’s husband and 14-year-old daughter. But Stone didn’t harm his two daughters, who were living with his ex-wife. He took them to a neighbor’s residence in Pennsburg, the last place he was seen,

Stone served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2002 to 2011 and was honorably discharged as a decorated veteran, (#4)has undergone treatment for post-traumatic shock syndrome,” according to court records. They also show he (#5) suffered combat-related injuries during a 2008 combat tour in Iraq. Stone described himself as “permanently disabled according to the Veteran’s Administration.”

“They’ve been fighting for years, real bad,” Michelle Brewster said. Their divorce was filed 2009 and finalized in 2012. “He’s been tormenting her. She’s gone to the police and (#6) she has told everybody, ‘He’s going to kill me.”’

(#7) The shootings began around 3:30 a.m.

(#8) Stone has three drunken-driving arrests, (#9) most recently a February 2013 arrest for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. He was already on probation for one of those.

In family court papers, Stone’s ex-wife said he claimed in a 2011 hearing that he was “permanently disabled,” according to the Veterans Administration, but that he had not applied for Social Security disability benefits. BUT the Marine Corps told CNN it has no record of Stone being injured.

William Schafte of Harleysville, who has known him for 20 years,  said when he heard news of the rampage he broke down in tears.(#10) He said, “Iwould describe him as a laid back guy, loving his family, loving his country. I know he had issues with his children over a custody battle or something, but other than that, he’s just a laid back guy,” Schafte said.

“I couldn’t believe it, I couldn’t believe it, because this isn’t the Brad that I know. He would do anything for anybody. I don’t know what’s going on.”

“I don’t understand why he did what he did what he did. I am totally shocked, dumbfounded. I just want to go home and hug my son. Stuff like this doesn’t happen, it’s absurd.”

(#11) Neighbors called him a “great guy” before he left for Iraq. But when he came back after only a couple of months he “was a completely different man,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

(#12) The body of Bradley William Stone was found with a self inflicted fatal wound as I suspected it would. 

When you go to the large database of previous cases to compare you see the same pattern repeated over and over again: www.ssristories.NET

UPDATE 12/17/14

Coroner says Stone did not die of stab wounds. He had two medicine bottles with him, one with a powder substance and they are running toxicology tests now.

And another very interesting point brought out in this latest report is an admission by the VA that (#13) he was under the care of a VA psychiatrist and deemed neither homicidal or suicidal when they met just last week. I quote, “Department of Veteran Affairs says Stone had post-traumatic stress disorder but that he didn’t have any suicidal or homicidal thoughts when he met with his psychiatrist on Dec. 8.” (Please note that they did not disclose which medication the psychiatrist was under the influence of at the time he made that conclusion. I point that out since the very large majority of them take the same drugs they are giving their patients.)

Explanation of Each Highlighted Point

#1 A very high percentage of the those military personnel sent to Iraq have been placed on antidepressants. Veterans are reporting the pressure is so hard to take the drugs in order to go there that they have felt it was expected of them and almost a requirement.

#2 Elevated serotonin has long been found in very violent suicides and these antidepressant tragedies often end in a suicide after the homicide.

#3 The killings on antidepressants generally involve killing everyone around you. Sparing his own daughters was a miracle.

#4 “Treatment for PTSD” is as regular standard practice, an antidepressant, even though the drugs cause PTSD in those who never previously had PTSD.

#5 Those suffering combat related injuries often suffer head trauma or head injury of some kind. Antidepressant use should be contra-indicated for anyone who has had a head injury because of the much stronger adverse reaction profile that is associated with that. (Wellbutrin has the best warnings for that of all the antidepressants if you would like to check that prescribing information.)

#6 Often those close to those in trouble on these drugs sense the danger and are sure of what the person is capable and instinctively know what they could easily do.

#7 When cases happen in the middle of the night or early morning hours they can often be considered as a REM Sleep Disorder where the patient acts out their worst nightmare in a dream state. Of those currently being diagnosed with this disorder 86% are taking antidepressants.

#8 Cravings for alcohol are a far too common side effect of antidepressants.

#9 Blood alcohol levels two to three times the legal level are often found in these cases involving antidepressants due to their producing such overwhelming cravings for alcohol.

#10 The crime is clearly extreme out-of-character behavior for the individual.

#11 Drastic change in personality with the prescribing of the antidepressant. Package inserts even tell families to watch for such changes and report them immediately to doctors. Sadly few doctors pay any attention to the families who attempt to report this.

#12 The homicidal ideation produced by antidepressants will often be accompanied by suicidal ideation as well which is why so many of these end up as murder/suicides.

#13 He was under the care of a VA psychiatrist.

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-souderton-shooting-spree-standoff-20141215-story.html#page=1

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/15/us/pennsylvania-shootings/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

http://6abc.com/news/who-was-bradley-stone–friends-say-helpful-laid-back-guy/439210/

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Bradley-Stone-Death-Cause-Questions-Cut-Wound-Coroner-286134421.html#ixzz3MCe4SYDm

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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TRAZADONE: Man Pleads Guilty to Homicide After Baby Dies on Antidepressant

Gene Richins

Gene Richins, Sandy, UT

For years in Utah Prozac was known as “Sandy Candy” due to the extremely high use of Prozac in that city. Antidepressants continue to flow there even though this article does not say whether or not Gene himself might have been on one as well thus further complicating this case. What we do know happened is that while caring for his own baby and his girlfriend’s baby woke up.

The girlfriend had earlier taken her Trazadone and Xanax to go to sleep and was too sedated to be awakened by the baby’s cries. The boyfriend gave the baby some of his own baby’s prescription Tylenol mixed with some Trazadone to get her to go back to sleep. She was found unresponsive the following morning and pronounced dead.

This young man was arrested and charged with homicide in the death and his bail set at $1 Million! (Obviously another story there as to why on earth the would be a need to set a $1 Million bail in this case!)

But what is so very dangerous about Trazadone (Deseryl) is that too many are told that it is a sleeping pill when instead it is an antidepressant – a powerful antidepressant. In fact it is the same antidepressant that the Navy yard shooter was taking when he went on his shooting spree last year.

Had this young man known any of this about Trazadone (Deseryl) perhaps he would not have given this drug to the baby. Without question there needs to be stricter labeling on this drug and more disclosure to patients about the dangers.

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Jonathan Midlo

 Jonathan Midlo, a young man in MN, who never would have taken an antidepressant because he was the one that had found and pulled his father from a car durring a “Prozac” induced suicide attempt and for the past several years had been helping his father deal with brain damage he had suffered when a psychiatrist prescribed him “Prozac” under its genaric name “Fluoxetine”after being told why he refused to take Prozac.
Jonathan had recently graduated with honors as an EMT but was having trouble sleeping due to migrains from a snowboarding accident. Michael and JaRae told me that he must have found his sister’s prescription for Trazadone in the medicine cabinet labeled, (take at bedtime for insomnia) when his melatonin ran out. His father reported that Jon had gone from enthused and full of life to isolating and sleeping all the time and not knowing that this drug was even in the house anymore, he dragged him out of bed and told him to quit whatever he was doing.
Within just a few short days Jonathan had taken his own life. This happened even though he had never been depressed or had any psychological problems. The day he died his computor was still on a page where he had been shopping for his wedding and engagement rings…not in line with suicidal planning in any way. Clearly a toxic reaction to the drug. Had the bottle indicated it was an antidepressant with the required “Black Box Warning” this young man would be alive today.
To learn more about what happened in Johnathan’s case go to http://www.jonnyslaw.org/

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865617564/Sandy-man-pleads-guilty-in-death-of-baby-who-had-drugs-in-body.html?pg=all

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865599078/Sandy-man-charged-in-death-of-girlfriends-infant-daughter.html?pg=all

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT??? Mother Charged With Murdering Daughter, 8, Asks Court for Psychiatrist

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Lisa and Teagan Batstone

Lisa Batstone has been charged with murder after police found the body of her daughter in her trunk in British Columbia, CA when they came to assist her in pulling her car out of a ditch. The picture above was taken just four days before the murder. In court Lisa Batstone asked to see a psychiatrist.

In the very beginning of gathering these antidepressant cases I searched for the cases of mother’s killing their children – something that really stood out, something so rare that society had really hardly ever seen before and all of them were taking antidepressants. Of course when a drug can cause you to act out your worst nightmare in a dissociated state it seemed the best of moms were taking the lives of their children while under the influence of an antidepressant. Now, 25 years later, they seem to be a daily occurrence!

In 1999 I did the Leeza Gibbons Show on mothers on antidepressants killing their children. Robert Kirkwood came with me to talk about the nightmare he had just gone through when his wife, on Effexor, shot his two small children and herself. And a nurse, Christina Riggs (Amitriptyline), who had killed her two small children and almost succeeded in killing herself in a murder/suicide appeared via satellite from a prison in Arkansas. To add to her family’s nightmare the state of Arkansas, just short of one year later after she refused any appeals in her case, finished her unfinished suicide when they put her to death using the same drug she had tried to kill herself with the first time!

Within days after that show a nurse on Prozac killed her child less than an hour from that studio. She was one of three nurses to go to court within the same month oeriod after killing their children while under the influence of these deadly drugs. Her name was Cora Caro (Prozac). Her husband was a doctor. The other two were Marilyn Lemak (Zoloft), whose husband was also a doctor and the third nurse was Andrea Yates (Effexor and Remeron) who most people never heard that she was a nurse when her case shocked the world after she drowned her five small children in Houston, TX.

I still remember the long conversation I had with Andrea’s husband, Rusty, as I was driving through Kansas one day traveling to yet another case while explaining to him the REM Sleep Disorder where you act out your nightmares in a sleep state. After my explanation he said, “Without a doubt this was clearly the worst nightmare she could have ever had! She was totally devoted to the children!” She had even quit working to be home with them. In order to spend more time with them she homeschooled them. She knew she had started having children a little later in life than she had planned with her carreer and wanted to take advantage of being with them as much as possible. They were her world!

Once again I ask how many children must die before the world wakes up from this antidepressant-induced nightmare?!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE WITH DETAILS AND MANY PICTURES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2870885/Mother-charged-murder-eight-year-old-daughter-dead-trunk-car.html

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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BIPOLAR JUDGE: Board Questions Judge’s Mental Health After Courtroom Rant

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Judge Cynthia Brim

Judge Cynthia Brim removed from the bench
Illinois Courts Commission says unmedicated Cynthia Brim isn’t fit to be a judge

This case will give you a glimpse of how insane the entire judicial system is because of these drugs. Keep in mind that although in a case preparing to go to court we have the right to ask questions about the jury being on antidepressants or having close family members on the drugs, etc. we do not have that right to ask the same about judges!

Make sense to you?

No?

Me either, never has!

I would want to know if the judge is on an antidepressant where they are ruling in a criminal case involving an antidepressant. I would also like to know if they have any financial ties, investments, etc. in an antidepressant as well!

We have way too many medicated judges, medicated attorneys, medicated law enforcement officers, medicated social workers who can make decisions similar to judges. We even have the case of a federal judge in Kansas on antidepressants who killed his wife and himself. Check out our database of cases again to see more or find that one: www.ssristories.NET And I got a report about three years ago of several federal judges who had committed suicide on antidepressants.

Anyway take a look at the case of this judge…..

Judge Cynthia Brim has been suspended, but collecting her $182,000 salary. She told the commission in March she is ready to return to work. Her statement, “I can serve as a judge with full capability as long as I continue to take medication as prescribed.”

She has been hospitalized for psychiatric episodes five times since becoming a judge in 1994! She also acknowledged she hadn’t taken her medications or sought treatment for two years before her latest breakdown. Which means she likely came off her medications too rapidly and it triggered another manic episode later for her.

The ruling said Brim’s mental issues interfered with her ability to do the job and that she “bears responsibility for not seeking the necessary treatment.” So she’s out.

So rather than remove her from the bench because she is taking antidepressants, which likely made her bipolar in the first place, they are removing her because she is NOT drugged!!! If this is not evidence of just how messed up our society is, I don’t know what is!

ORIGINAL ARTICLES: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-10/opinion/ct-judge-cynthia-brim-edit-0510-20140510_1_judge-brim-illinois-courts-commission-supervising-judge

State Board to Decide if Cook County Judge is Mentally Competent to Sit

See more at: http://www.jdjournal.com/2013/08/14/state-board-to-decided-if-cook-county-judge-is-mentally-competent-to-sit/#sthash.LqFh0NON.dpuf

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR DRUG IS THE ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTIC ABILIFY

Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg

Meet one of our newest members to join our International Coalition For Drug Awareness Facebook group – investigative reporter Martha Rosenberg.

For those of you new to this battle and unaware of the history of this battle or those who have been involved since the beginning to pave the way you need to know that Martha is an incredible reporter who has been writing about the antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics for many years now. In fact she has written some of the most hard hitting articles on this issue! An example of a recent one is posted below. She has been published widely.

We want to welcome her and thank her publicly for her tireless work in educating the public about these very dangerous drugs!

The following article was emailed to me but originally appeared in Alternet. (Please always keep in mind in learning about the atypical antipsychotics that they too are serotonergic drugs and technically should NOT be used with an antidepressant even though Abilify promotes itself as an add-on drug to antidepressant treatment!!!!!) I would encourage all of you to Google Martha Rosenberg and read and share her information far and wide!

THE MOST POPULAR DRUG IN AMERICA IS AN ANTIPSYCHOTIC — AND NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW IT WORKS

MARTHA ROSENBERG, ALTERNET
16 NOV 2014 AT 20:58 ET

Does anyone remember Thorazine? It was an antipsychotic given to mentally ill people, often in institutions, that was so sedating, it gave rise to the term “Thorazine shuffle.” Ads for Thorazine in medical journals, before drugs were advertised directly to patients, showed Aunt Hattie in a hospital gown, zoned out but causing no trouble to herself or anyone else. No wonder Thorazine and related drugs Haldol, Mellaril and Stelazine were called chemical straitjackets.

But Thorazine and similar drugs became close to obsolete in 1993 when a second generation of antipsychotics which included Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon and Abilify came online. Called “atypical” antipsychotics, the drugs seemed to have fewer side effects than their predecessors like dry mouth, constipation and the stigmatizing and permanent facial tics known as TD or tardive dyskinesia. (In actuality, they were similar.) More importantly, the drugs were obscenely expensive: 100 tablets of Seroquel cost as much as $2,000, Zyprexa, $1,680 and Abilify $1,644.

One drug that is a close cousin of Thorazine, Abilify, is currently the top-selling of all prescription drugs in the U.S. marketed as a supplement to antidepressant drugs, reports the Daily Beast. Not only is it amazing that an antipsychotic is outselling all other drugs, no one even knows how it works to relieve depression, writes Jay Michaelson. The standardized United States Product Insert says Abilify’s method of action is “unknown” but it likely “balances” brain’s neurotransmitters. But critics say antipsychotics don’t treat anything at all, but zone people out and produce oblivion. They also say there is a concerning rise in the prescription of antipsychotics for routine complaints like insomnia.

They are right. With new names and prices and despite their unknown methods of action, Pharma marketers have devised ways to market drugs like Abilify to the whole population, not just people with severe mental illness. Only one percent of the population, after all, has schizophrenia and only 2.5 percent has bipolar disorder. Thanks to these marketing ploys, Risperdal was the seventh best-selling drug in the world until it went off patent and Abilify currently rules.

Here are some of the ways Big Pharma made antipsychotics everyday drugs.

Approval Creep

Everyone has heard of “mission creep.” In the pharmaceutical world, approval creep means getting the FDA to approve a drug for one thing and pushing a lot of other drug approvals through on the coattails of the first one. Though the atypical antipsychotics were originally drugs for schizophrenia, soon there was a dazzling array of new uses.

Seroquel was first approved in 1997 for schizophrenia but subsequently approved for bipolar disorder, psychiatric conditions in children and finally as an add-on drug for depression like Abilify. The depression “market” is so huge, Seroquel’s last approval allowed the former schizophrenia drug to make $5.3 billion a year before it went off patent. But before the add-on approval, AstraZeneca, which makes Seroquel, ran a sleazy campaign to convince depressed people they were really “bipolar.” Ads showed an enraged woman screaming into the phone, her face contorted, her teeth clenched. Is this you, asked the ads? Your depression may really be bipolar disorder, warned the ad.

Sometimes the indication creep is under the radar. After heated FDA hearings in 2009 about extending Zyprexa, Seroquel and Geodon uses for kids–Pfizer and AstraZeneca slides showed that kids died in clinical trials–the uses were added by the FDA but never announced. They were slipped into the record right before Christmas, when no news breaks, and recorded as “label changes.” Sneaky.

And there is another “creep” which is also under the radar: “warning creep.” As atypical antipsychotics have gone into wide use in the population, more risks have surfaced. Labels now warn against death-associated risks in the elderly, children and people with depression but you have to really read the fine print. (Atypical antipsychotics are so dangerous in the elderly with dementia, at least 15,000 die in nursing homes from them each year, charged FDA drug reviewer David Graham in congressional testimony.) The Seroquel label now warns against cardiovascular risks, which the FDA denied until the drug was almost off patent.

Dosing Children

Perhaps no drugs but ADHD medications have been so widely used and often abused in children as atypical antipsychotics. Atypical antipsychotics are known to “improve” behavior in problem children across a broad range of diagnoses but at a huge price: A National Institute of Mental Health study of 119 children ages 8 to 19 found Risperdal and Zyprexa caused such obesity a safety panel ordered the children off the drugs.

In only eight weeks, kids on Risperdal gained nine pounds and kids on Zyprexa gained 13 pounds. “Kids at school were making fun of me,” said one study participant who put on 35 pounds while taking Risperdal.

Just like the elderly in state care, poor children on Medicaid are tempting targets for Big Pharma and sleazy operators because they do not make their own medication decisions. In 2008, the state ofTexas charged Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen with defrauding the state of millions with “a sophisticated and fraudulent marketing scheme,” to “secure a spot for the drug, Risperdal, on the state’s Medicaid preferred drug list and on controversial medical protocols that determine which drugs are given to adults and children in state custody.”

Many other states have brought legal action against Big Pharma including compelling drug makers to pay for the extreme side effects that develop with the drugs: massive weight gain, blood sugar changes leading to diabetes and cholesterol problems.

Add-On Conditions

It’s called polypharmacy and it is increasingly popular: Prescribing several drugs, often as a cocktail, that are supposed to do more than the drugs do alone. Big Pharma likes polypharmacy for two obvious reasons: drug sales are tripled or quadrupled—and it’s not possible to know if the drugs are working. The problems with polypharmacy parallel its “benefits.” The person can’t know which, if any, of the drugs are working so they take them all. By the time someone is on four or more psychiatric drugs, there is a good chance they are on a government program and we are paying. There is also a good chance the person is on the drugs for life, because withdrawal reactions make them think there really is something wrong with them and it is hard to quit the drugs.

Into this lucrative merchandising model came the idea of “add-on” medications and “treatment-resistant depression.” When someone’s antidepressant didn’t work, Pharma marketers began floating the idea that it wasn’t that the drugs didn’t work; it wasn’t that the person wasn’t depressed to begin with but had real life, job and family problems—it was “treatment-resistant depression.” The person needed to add a second or third drug to their antidepressant, such as Seroquel or Abilify. Ka-ching.

Lawsuits Don’t Stop Unethical Marketing

Just as Big Pharma has camped out in Medicare and Medicaid, living on our tax dollars while fleeing to England so it doesn’t have to pay taxes, Pharma has also camped out in the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Arguably, no drugs have been as good for Big Pharma as atypical antipsychotics within the military. In 2009, the Pentagon spent $8.6 million on Seroquel and VA spent $125.4 million—almost $30 million more than is spent on a F/A-18 Hornet.

Risperdal was even bigger in the military. Over a period of nine years, VA spent $717 million on its generic, risperidone, to treat PTSD in troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet not only was risperidone not approved for PTSD, it didn’t even work. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the drug worked no better than placebo and the money was totally wasted.

In the last few years, the makers of Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa have all settled suits claiming illegal or fraudulent marketing. A year ago, Johnson & Johnson admitted mismarketing Risperdal in a $2.2 billion settlement. But the penalty is nothing compared with the $24.2 billion it made from selling Risperdal between 2003 to 2010 and shareholders didn’t blink. The truth is, there is too much money in hawking atypical antipsychotics to the general population for Pharma to quit.

This story originally appeared at AlterNet.

Read more here:http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/the-most-popular-drug-in-america-is-an-antipsychotic-and-no-one-really-knows-how-it-works/

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

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