New Research: Traumatic brain injuries [or antidepressants?] linked to higher military suicide rates

Military

Traumatic Brain Injuries Linked to Higher Military Suicides

Or … Is It Really Antidepressants Prescribed to Those With Traumatic Brain Injuries Which Produces Higher Rates of Suicide?

According to research at the University of Utah, traumatic brain injuries put troops at a higher risk of suicide.

They also found that those with more than one head injury are at a higher risk.

“After sustaining an injury we see increased rates of insomnia,” said National Center for Veterans Studies Associate Director Craig Bryan. “We see increased rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder. All of these are risk factors for suicide, as well.”

Yet antidepressants cause insomnia, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder as side effects which are risk factors for suicide. So if the individual has been prescribed an antidepressant are these risk factors for suicide coming from the head injury or the antidepressant? This must be taken into consideration.

My comment I posted to this article is: “I have posted several articles on the subject of military suicides just today and I can tell you that in this study unless they also documented the antidepressants involved in each case their head injury research will be flawed. The reason for that is because traumatic head injury produces a kindling effect when antidepressants are introduced which then causes the individual to have an increase in adverse reactions to the drugs.

“Wellbutrin is the only antidepressant I am aware of that currently has strong warnings against use for those with head injury. The others should have added similar warnings long ago.

“Another consideration is the FDA warning for these young military personnel who fall into the under 25 age group where the FDA has warned that antidepressants increase suicidality for them almost doubling the rate.”

Interestingly if you watch the video portion of this report you will find something not in the written report which is the odd figure no one seems to be able to figure out yet which is that 85% of those military suicides were by troops who had never seen battle!

How long can they dance around the issue of the medications? They are clearly the most common thread. But who is prescribing the medications? They are. So do you think they may be doing fast dancing around this issue to avoid being held liable for these deaths?

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

Original article: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=26805911

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!”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS!!! OREGON NATIONAL GUARD HAS FOUR SUICIDES ALREADY THIS YEAR

Bradley Hammer

Brady Hammer Died of PTSD Medication-induced Suicide

Brady Hammer is one of four Oregon National Guard members to die this year from suicide. These suicides have not been counted in the military’s report of 22 military personal dying of suicide daily. So be aware that the actual number of suicides of our troops is higher than what you are being told.

According to his sister, Brady was told he needed to start on antidepressants before going to Iraq and was given a very large bottle with instructions of what to take and when. Yet these are drugs that are supposed to be closely monitored in use for suicidal tendencies and changes in behavior. Who is doing that? If they are given the drugs prior to deployment and sent off to war who is watching for those reactions? And of course the biggest question of all is WHY do they NEED an antidepressant to go to Iraq?

If you recall I mentioned once before how shocked I was to hear that my good friend’s son from Kansas had come to his father, a Social Worker, confused about whether he should take an antidepressant because they told him he needed one in order to go to Iraq as well. Of course his father, retired military, told his son that he should not take the drugs because he would be carrying a gun and if there was ever a time he needed to have a clear head and free of mind altering substances this would be the time.

But to demonstrate for you just how hard they must have pressured this young man to even cause him to ask his father the question you need to know that I did the Geraldo Show with one of his good friends and his family in 1997. We did the show to discuss his family’s own personal tragedy due to antidepressants. The boy’s father described as one of the nicest guys in town, after only days on Zoloft, stabbed his wife, his daughter and this boy, before he died by shooting himself. To think what pressure they must have put on this young man, with him knowing full well the most horrific adverse effects of these drugs firsthand after his friend’s experience, that he would even think to approach his father with this question to me is mind boggling!

From the article below we read, “Brady Hammer, an Oregon National Guard soldier who died in Texas on July 28 from what El Paso police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was a “happy-go-lucky person,” according to his sister.

“But the 24-year-old’s moods were affected by a confusing cocktail of medications prescribed by his doctors at the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Bliss, where he had been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, said his sister, Lacee Valentine of Grants Pass and his mother, Marie Hammer of Klamath Falls.”

The article goes on to point out that the Department of Veterans Affairs has designated this month as Suicide Prevention Month then states, “The spike in self-inflicted Oregon Guard deaths reflects a national trend. Rates of military suicides have been rising even as the armed services are working harder to prevent them.”

But what are they doing to prevent them? They are prescribing MORE drugs to MORE troops thus producing MORE suicides! WHY?!! Why are these drugs being prescribed so widely to our troops?!!! When we know there is a Black Box Warning for increased suicidal ideation in those under 25, an increase of almost double the rate, why would they do this? And additionally we have the FDA warning on abrupt changes in dose of these drugs stating that any abrupt change – which would include forgetting to take a pill, switching from one medication to another, starting or stopping the use – can cause suicide, hostility or psychosis. Why would we want our troops being put in such a vulnerable position by these drugs and taking chances for such terrible results? Clearly something must be done to stop this because at this point it is bordering on genocide!

Original article: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/09/oregon_sees_its_own_surge_in_m.html#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_hbx#incart_best-of

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

 

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Accutane & Birth Control: Yaz, Yasmin & Diane-35 – Dying for Better Skin!

Julian

Julian Cocciolone Lost His Life to Suicide on Accutane

Dying for better skin
A look at the dangerous – and sometimes deadly – side-effects…

The Australian news show “Sunday Night” has just aired an excellent investigative report on Accutane, and the birth control pills Yasmin, Yaz, Diane-35, all being prescribed for acne. Yet the drugs are killing the young users by either suicide or strokes. Find the link to the excellent piece below.

About three weeks ago on August 17 the Daily Mail out of London published an article by a “doctor” stating that the acne drug, Accutane, which carries a warning for suicide, is still worth trying (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2396167/Its-linked-suicide–acne-drug-Roaccutane-worth-trying.html) The following day on August 18 I posted a reply to that article titled “Accutane, with Black Box Warning for suicide, is still worth trying???” questioning why, with such a serious warning would anyone want to try this deadly drug? ( http://www.drugawareness.org/accutane-with-black-box-warning-for-suicide-is-still-worth-trying/)

But last week I was contacted by our New Zealand Director for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, Tracy Lee, who shared with me the following television investigative report from the program “Sunday Night” out of Australia. Well when I saw it aired on August 18 it was easy to put two and two together to see why the Daily Mail article came out the day before. Clearly the drug maker had caught wind this news expose was coming out on the 18th and they wanted to head off the bad publicity. I see this all the time.

I strongly urge you to watch the following very well done half hour television investigative report on the dangers of, not only Accutane, but also the birth control pills Diane-35, Yasmin ,Yaz, which are being prescribed for acne as well and killing the young users via strokes.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/article/-/18498850/deadly-effects/

Because Accutane is known to produce drops in blood sugar producing hypoglycemia it is easy to understand how it can produce both depression and suicide. But also keep in mind that the depression caused by the Accutane can lead to an additional prescription for antidepressants to treat the medication-induced depression which will in turn magnify the suicidal tendencies produced by the first drug.

You will find that Julian’s father became so completely distraught over Julian’s death that he took his own life. Let’s hope and pray that he was not given antidepressants which pushed him over the edge to suicide thus causing prescription drug-induced suicide to take the lives of half of this family.

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 long warned can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs! The FDA warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can come on very rapidly! Find the CD here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

 

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? Suicide: Ariel Castro OH Man Guilty of Kidnapping 3 Women

 

Ariel Castro

ARIEL CASTRO FOUND DEAD OF SUICIDE IN JAIL CELL

Is this yet another high profile example of what is going on in jails and prisons with the massive use of antidepressants with no concern about FDA warnings of abrupt changes in dose? Was he or was he not on antidepressants to produce his suicide?

And if so, when did he began taking them? We do know he was on suicide watch after being arrested but had been taken off suicide watch. Was he given antidepressants at that time or had he been on them for years?

We do know that his 19 year old daughter, Emily Castro, was on antidepressants when she slashed her baby’s throat (http://www.drugawareness.org/antidepressant-daughter-of-cleveland-abduction-suspect-found-guilty-of-slashing-her-babys-throat/) and was found guilty … so we know that this is a group of drugs considered helpful by his family.

I know three young women and a little girl as well as the families of all involved who need answers as to when his use of an antidepressant might have begun. He said he had an addition to pornography that led him to do what he did to the three girls he kept in captivity. Was that addiction an aquired addiction or a nymphomanic reaction to an antidepressant?

What many are also not aware of is the practice of so many jails and prisons of taking a patient currently on an antidepressant and switching them to the antidepressant approved by their own particular facility. (What determines their leaning toward a particular antidepressant needs to be investigated for kickbacks in my opinion.) Or often a jail or prison will refuse to give them their prescribed medication for a period of time after their arrest. Yet the FDA has warned that any abrupt change in dose, whether increasing or decreasing a dose can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. Or course the practice of switching antidepressants would magnify the risks because it would involve both the abrupt change of both an abrupt decrease of the current drug as well as an abrupt increase of the new drug.

The withholding of his antidepressant is what happened in the suicide of Don Lapre, the bubbly late night entrepreneur, who was awaiting trial over a vitamin multilevel deal that had gone belly up. But he committed suicide due to the abrupt change in dose by the jail in AZ. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045139/Don-Lapre-dead-Shirley-Cleveland-says-son-medication-taken-away-prison-guards.html )

No matter what opinion anyone has of these people who are incarcerated for various crimes or alleged crimes – crimes which may have been caused by toxic reactions to these very medications, what the jails and prisons are doing is wrong and they should be held accountable for wrongful death with the FDA warnings about this as clear as they are. This is a practice that must end.

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 long warned can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs! The FDA warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can come on very rapidly! Find the CD here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

Original article on Ariel Castro’s suicide:

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=26715226&nid=157&title=ohio-man-who-held-3-women-captive-commits-suicide-&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-1

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS???? PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR GOES TO TRIAL

Rainer Reinscheid

Rainer Reinscheid, Pharmacologic Research Professor

Confesses to Starting Fires Plus Columbine Like Plot &

Blames It All On Grief Over Teen Son’s Suicide

There is little doubt in my mind that this is an antidepressant induced tragedy for not only him, but also in the loss of his 14 year old son to suicide. When we know that, “His research included studying molecular pharmacology and psychiatric disorders, including studies of schizophrenia, stress, emotional behavior and sleep.”, we know that he fully embraced the medical model and would not have hesitated to have his son take antidepressants or take them himself.

To see how violent his thoughts were we pull from the original article this statement: “… the series of fires Reinscheid set — and the emails seized by authorities that described Reinscheid’s plan to buy machine guns, shoot students, commit sexual assaults and burn the school before killing himself …”

He clearly went manic, obviously suffering pyromania, from the antidepressant he was given to help him cope with his son’s suicide which as I said was most likely another antidepressant-induced tragedy. When the man is a professor and doing research in pharmacology he would therefore obviously embrace the practice of using these kinds of drugs. And after testifying as an expert in these cases I can say I have more cases of doctors, nurses and other professionals like him in his field in trouble on these drugs than any other single group.

For example Andrea Yates was the third nurse in a row in the three month period nationwide to go to court for killing her children. The other two nurses, Cora Caro and Marilyn Lemak, were both married to doctors. Then while Andrea was in court in her second trial a doctor on one of the two antidepressants Andrea was on at maximum dose stabbed her two young sons in Illinois.

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

Original article:

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=157&sid=26520601

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YOUNG FATHER SHOOTS SELF IN WIFE’S HOSPITAL ROOM

Michael Nobles

YOUNG FATHER SHOOTS SELF IN WIFE’S HOSPITAL ROOM

AFTER BIRTH OF THEIR BABY

ANTIDEPRESSANTS???? When someone commits suicide at a time you would least expect it – a time that anyone else would consider one of life’s most important and happy moments … ALWAYS ask if an antidepressant is involved. This type of suicide is NOT the cause of normal feelings of depression, but far more likely the result of a chemical reaction. Only an hour after this young mother gave birth to the couple’s baby the father shot himself in her hospital room.

How sad and tragic for this family and especially for this child who will grow up wondering why his/her father did not want to spend his life with him or her. That is the way kids think about things. This child needs answers! He/she needs to know that if his/her father was on an antidepressant the thought of that little boy or little girl going through life without their father was his worst nightmare – the last thing Michael Nobles would have wanted in his right state of mind. This would have been him acting out his worst nightmare in an antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2391397/Michael-Nobles-killed-Texas-hospital-maternity-ward-1-hour-wife-gave-birth.html#

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KARA JANE OTTER (12) – GLAXO SMITH KLINE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!

KARA (12) – GLAXO SMITH KLINE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!

Every parent who has a child prescribed an SSRI or SNRI antidepressant should be shown these pictures first! I have always said that these pictures of Kara are the most telling of all about the adverse effect of these drugs upon children! Watch her eyes closely and you can see what a sweet, happy, caring child she is … then after being given Paxil you watch her soul disappear as she becomes someone completely unrecognizable …

Kara before

Kara Two Months Paxil

Kara five months Paxil

Kara Seven Months Paxil

ONE MONTH LATER – her first day into withdrawal Kara hung herself from a plant hanger in the living room. She had to lift her knees to do it!

KARA’S SUICIDE NOTE

“Mom, by the time you find me, I’ll be dead. I love you with all my heart. Don’t worry, Jesus is with me.”

Kara after

KARA’S MOTHER’S STORY

“…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil [also known as Seroxat and Paroxetine] but nothing was indicated on the printout sheet that we received with her prescription.

“The third visit I even asked him to put her in an in-patient clinic to get her off it and maybe try something else, if anything at all. I wanted her watched round the clock by so called professionals so that they could get her on the straight and narrow quicker.

“He told me there was no need to put her in an in-patient clinic unless.. He then turned round to Kara and asked her if she felt like hurting herself or anybody else. She said ‘No’. He then continued speaking to me stating that there was no need for her to be in the clinic……”

GLAXO SMITH KLINE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!

Of course that same question could be asked of every drug maker who puts out one of these deadly drugs that the FDA has warned produces suicidal ideation (compulsive suicidal thoughts) at about double the rate for anyone under the age of 25, which includes most of our troops with a skyrocketing suicide rate!

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

About the Author: Ann Blake Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? –OUR SEROTONIN NIGHTMARE!, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and has testified as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications since 1992.

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PUBERTY AND THE BLOOD SUGAR, ADHD, ADD, BIPOLAR CONNECTION

 

Emily Motes Headstone

 

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=25782911

In response to the following article on a new NAMI office opening:

Where to begin…first Senator Grassley found in a probe of NAMI several years back that 75%-80% of NAMI’s funding comes directly from prescription drug manufacturers with a vested interest in marketing their medications. So is it any wonder that NAMI’s main focus is on teaching families to make sure their own family members stay on meds no matter the obvious side effects? So embarrassing to the then head of NAMI was this information from Senator Grassley’s probe that he stepped down from his position. Though few remaining seem to ever have been made aware of the results of this probe into NAMI’s funding.

Originally when Prozac was the first SSRI antidepressant introduced doctors refused to prescribe it due to its strong potential to induce Bipolar. Dr. Malcomb Bowers of Yale has some shocking research out on the very high numbers of antidepressant-induced Bipolar. Google it for more info.

When these children go into Bipolar at or near the time of puberty it is my opinion that it is mainly because of hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. Their bodies go into shock as it would in a growth spurt due to going through more PHYSICAL changes than they have since before the age of 2 during puberty. If their nutrient level is not high enough to handle these changes (And how many parents are taught that their children need additional nutrients to make it through the changes of puberty?) the pancreas takes a hit since it is the first organ adversely affected by any kind of stressor thus throwing the body into blood sugar swings – therefore the highs and lows of the mood swings that in turn lead to a diagnosis of Bipolar.

Complicating that for this family is the Native American heritage. Why? Because there is a pancreatic weakness that runs through the race – most likely due to the nutrient depleted “foods” provided them years ago by our government – namely white sugar, white flour and lard. Is it any wonder the Native American’s call diabetes the “white death”?! My grandfather was 1/4 Native American and died of diabetes. My mother is hypoglycemic leading me to be very much aware of own pancreatic weakness and this aspect in my heritage. Because of that awareness I have long guarded against blood sugar imbalances in my own health via diet.

Two of the symptoms of hypoglycemia are “inability to concentrate” and “mood swings” – or what could be diagnosed as ADD, ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. To make matters worse the drugs generally prescribed for these disorders – antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics and ADD and ADHD meds produce blood sugar problems thus making the situation even worse and causing cravings for alcohol and other drugs. These parents need to know this information before they lose another child.

WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants we always recommend that you also give reference to the 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 we have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

EMILY YOUNGER

NEPHI FAMILY SHARES STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

By Candice Madsen and Carole Mikita

SALT LAKE CITY — A Nephi family has become involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and share the story of their daughter to give hope to others coping with mental illness.

Emily Motes lived a life filled with passions and promise, but at age 14, she began to change and experienced dramatic mood swings.

“Her highs were really high, over the top, happy, giggle, overwhelming and then her lows were like, ‘It is the end of the world,’ ” recalled her mother Cheryl Motes.

At first Emily’s parents thought she was experiencing typical teenage angst and then figured it must be depression.

“You hear about depression, so we automatically went there,” said Emily’s father Bill Motes.

The Motes’ family doctor prescribed antidepressants and the Motes tried to get Emily in to see a therapist, but couldn’t find anyone willing to accept their insurance.

“We left there really frustrated,” Cheryl said. “As a young parent, I didn’t know what to do. So we just came home and tried to deal with it ourselves.”

Prevent By Design project established to fight against mental illness
Earlier this year the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health teamed up with NAMI to create a plan to prevent mental illness and promote mental health around the state.

“We are nearing 1,000 people who have been trained on how to talk to each other and how to listen better and very intentionally be able to talk about mental illness,” said Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health representative Rick Hendy.

The Prevention By Design Project went into effect in January and is helping local communities prioritize mental health community needs based on existing resources and gaps.

Health officials are also exploring creative ways to use “telehealth” to reach rural communities and increase access to specialty care. They are also promoting the idea of universal screening for mental illness.

“The types of screenings we are talking about are brief screens that a child or adult might be asked when they go to their primary care physician.”

What the Motes didn’t realize is while the various antidepressants seemed to work for a while they were actually doing more harm than good. Emily had not been properly diagnosed when she was given the antidepressants. It wasn’t until four years later when she was 18 that the Motes discovered Emily had bipolar disorder.

Mental illness can exact a heavy toll on families and statistics show that 50 percent of all lifetime cases begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24.

By the time Emily Motes received the correct diagnosis, her parents had lost communication with the physician because Emily was over the age of 18. By that time Emily had found her own relief by self-medicating with heroin.

“Looking back we can see and understand why she took the drugs trying to feel normal,” Bill said.

Emily Motes sought peace she could never find. On April 17, 2009 at the age of 21 she died from an accidental drug overdose.

“There is a terrible negative stereotype with that connotation, and then we talk about how proud we are of her and how hard did she fight, that we didn’t even know about, that we weren’t even aware of?” Bill said choking back tears.

A study by the Utah Violent Death Reporting system found 30 percent of those who died from an illicit drug overdose during 2005 to 2010 had a diagnosed mental illness.

The Motes family learned about the strong link between drug abuse and mental illness when they became involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

“I thought it would be a good way for our family to pay respect to Emily and to learn a little more,” Bill said.

The Motes family said their involvement with NAMI led them down a path filled with help, hope and healing. They started a chapter of NAMI in Nephi and Bill and Cheryl both became instructors.

If I had to go back I would just tell parents to love them. Love them unconditionally and do your best. Don’t ever tough love them or push them away ’cause it doesn’t work.
–Cheryl Motes
“All their classes are free,” Bill said. “They are peer-based, meaning if you teach a class you’ve lived what you are teaching.”

“We as a family have opened up to each other and we are able to talk,” Cheryl said. The open lines of communication allowed the Motes to get the right help for their 13-year-old daughter Elizabeth. She was diagnosed with ADHD at age nine.

“I couldn’t focus in class,” Elizabeth said. “I just thought I couldn’t learn anything.”

She said her parents offered immediate help and didn’t treat her like something was inherently wrong with her.

The Motes said that mental illness and drug addiction lead many families on unexpected and difficult journeys, but that they have learned valuable lessons from their experiences.

“If I had to go back I would just tell parents to love them,” Cheryl said. “Love them unconditionally and do your best. Don’t ever tough love them or push them away ‘cause it doesn’t work.”

The Motes believe through support, education and the right treatment, families can find a better future.

“You as a family get to define your recovery and how it is going to affect your life,” Bill said. “Have Hope.”

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FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE!!!

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FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE!!!

UTAH’S NEW SUICIDE “PREVENTION” PROGRAM

Utah has long led the way in the use of antidepressant medications. In the early 90’s I was documenting cases of children as young as TWO whose parents were being pushed into giving their toddlers these drugs by a place called the Children’s Center in Salt Lake City! And now they are wondering why suicide is the second leading cause of death for children 10 – 17 when there are Black Box Warnings on these drugs that they DOUBLE the rate of compulsive suicidal thoughts and planning for those under the age of 25?!

The latest “solution” to the high suicide rate in these young people which is to be implimented by July is to hire a suicide specialist for the school system.

Their job? You guessed it! They will be the head drug peddler for the school as a “requirement” for the job!

I quote: “The new specialist will help students understand there are ways to get help if they need it….The second big part of it is to make sure that there are programs in place for parents (to) know, understand and recognize the symptoms that go along with suicide,” she said.

“The suicide prevention specialist will have to help parents and other students spot the warning signs that precede suicide.”

Sounds all rosy until you read the last line of that paragraph:

“Also, they will have to provide mental health treatment for students who do make an attempt on their own lives.” Note the “HAVE TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT” which always means antidepressants in the state of Utah and just about anywhere else on the planet! That mental health treatment is NOT offered in the way of counseling or Cognetive Behavioral Treatment or any other alternative to drugging the children with antidepressants.

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WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants we always recommend that you also give reference to the 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 we have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

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FOX NEWS REPORT: DRUGGING OF MILITARY FOR PTSD BY VA LEADING TO MASSIVE NUMBERS OF DEATHS

Andrew White

Marine Andrew White in being treated by the VA for PTSD was prescribed 19 different drugs and died in his sleep

Stan White has worked long and hard since the senseless death of his young son Andrew to raise awareness of the mass drugging of our military and veterans by the VA especially for PTSD. He has rallied many parents of those who have lost their lives to form a group to help stop this insanity by our government. Stan and I have done radio shows together since about 2009 in an attempt to raise awareness and gather families of those who have been lost.

Please share this information with others so that they too might have answers to what has gone wrong and why they have suffered such a terrible loss. Australian researcher, Dr. Murray Esler, found in 2000 that those suffering anxiety disorders like PTSD have serotonin levels EIGHT TIMES HIGHER than normal! Shocked by his discovery he has been asking since that time what I have been asking for over two decades: Why are we giving them antidepressants that increase serotonin when research demonstrates that the initial problem is elevated levels of serotonin?

Beyond that the FDA has extended the Black Box Warning for increased suicide (about double the rate) for those under the age of 25, which would include a large number of these young military personel who are being given these drugs to treat PTSD thus increasing their chances of suicide. Clearly the numbers demonstrate that to be the end result.

And once again a big thanks to our good friend Douglas Kennedy from Fox News who has done much to get this information on antidepressants to the public.

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!”

View the Fox News Report here:

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Transcript of this report from Fox National News
May 27, 2013

Reporter Jamie Colby: Some really important concerns this Memorial Day weekend about the treatment our soldiers receive when they return from battle. And there’s a Fox News investigation into the increased use of powerful psychiatric drugs on our veterans and the impact these drugs are having. Our Douglas Kennedy looked into this as part of our series on drugging the American soldier.

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: Marine Corporal Andrew White survived the war in Iraq in 2005.

Stan White (Father): Temper tantrums, tremors…

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: Unfortunately says his father his father Stanley, he could not survive the drug cocktail prescribed to him by his caregivers at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Stan White (Father): Once they treat you for PTSD, the first line of treatment seems to be a series of medications. We call them “lethal cocktails.” And if it doesn’t work they increase the dosage, give you more and more and more and more….

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: Andrew was prescribed 19 different medications from the VA, and was on 5 drugs for insomnia when he accidentally died in his sleep in 2011. A cocktail that included the antidepressant Paxil, the anti-anxiety Klonopin and the antipsychotic Seroquel.

Dr. Peter Breggin: It’s inexcusable to be giving our military and our vets multiple psychiatric drugs and cocktails. They do no good, they do huge harm.

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: Peter Breggin is a psychiatrist, who says the military and VA’s use of psych drug cocktails is verging on criminal.

Dr. Peter Breggin: We now know that exposure to multiple drugs over a period of months or years leads to chronicity, it leads to disability…

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: And he says it leads to suicide and accidental death. Still between 2005 and 2011, the military and VA went on a spending spree with psychoactive medication. Increasing prescriptions by a whopping 682%. An increase, which this military spokesman defends.

Military Spokesman, Captain Michael Colston, MD, U.S. Navy Medical Corps: What might be appropriate in addition to giving an antidepressant drug, to give a medicine that helps with the anxiety for a little while and then when the anxiety goes away but the depression hasn’t still quite remitted, you may want to think about using another medication.

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: The military says the use of drug cocktails is safe if used as prescribed. What would you say?

Stan White (Father): I do not agree. There’s no research available that we know of that says that multiple drugs are safe.

Reporter Douglas Kennedy: Unfortunately he says his son was a guinea pig, for what he calls psych drug experiments. In Charleston, West Virginia, Douglas Kennedy, Fox News.

Douglas Kennedy was the first national reporter to link antidepressant medications to adolescent suicide and violence, prompting government hearings that eventually resulted in the black box warnings from the Food and Drug Administration. Most recently he exposed an Internet fraud selling phony cancer drugs to the terminally ill, in which the owner of the Web site was later indicted. Previously he worked at the New York Post as a crime reporter and solved a double homicide in Queens by finding a dead body before the cops. Read more about Douglas Kennedy here.

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. And these reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/

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!”

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