Surgeon suicide & ABC Medical Correspondent

Dr. Robert Ashton and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, in 2009

It is said the he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.

Likewise he who lives by prescription drugs,

often dies by prescription drugs.

How often have I said that the largest single group I have who are in trouble on antidepressants are doctors and nurses or their family members? Of course the original article below does state that he was suffering from depression. What it does not go on to say is that he was being MEDICATED for depression. You can see that in his eyes if you know what you are looking for. If you are not aware of what is known as “Prozac Eyes” that is exactly what you see when you look into this doctor’s eyes.

Dr. Robert Ashton jumped from the George Washington Bridge in New York at 8:40 AM on Saturday morning just two weeks after divorcing his wife Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC. Before jumping he did put a note in his pocket to call his ex-wife and mother of their children. From what his wife posted encouraging others to get help if they need it she is apparently completely unaware that these drugs produce suicide, especially when the dose has recently been changed abruptly either up or down – something that is very common when going through a stressful period such as a divorce.

The picture above was taken in 2009 so he had been on medications for some time. What needs to be asked is if he was still on them, had recently been switched to another antidepressant, increased or decreased, or was attempting withdrawal from one – all of which can trigger the REM Sleep Disorder. Because of the early morning hour the REM Sleep Disorder would be my first suspicion in this case as a trigger for the impulsive suicide. In considering the extremely high rate of accumulation of these drugs in brain tissue (a rate 100 times greater in the brain than what is found in the blood – Dr. Craig Karson), whether Dr. Ashton was on the antidepressant currently or not would be of little importance since the drugs would still be in the brain affecting his behavior.





What the world remains unaware of is the fact is that 86% of those who are diagnosed with the most deadly sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) are currently taking antidepressants. REM Sleep Disorder is a condition in which there is no paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the dreams or nightmares they are having. Tragically 80% of those going into this sleep disorder hurt themselves or others including both murder and suicide as a result.

This is possibly the most deadly of all reactions one can have to antidepressants. Even more frightening though is to learn that before the introduction of the SSRI antidepressants RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal effect. Thus the chances of going into this dangerous reaction should be expected to increase as one goes into withdrawal. This is why it is so important to avoid as much of the withdrawal effects as possible by tapering off the antidepressant very, very, VERY SLOWLY.

Feel free to join us on Facebook to learn more about this disorder on our Antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder group ….                                                                                                                                                          



Because these drugs are designed to numb feelings of depression, patients find that they numb most feelings, happy as well as sad. As the patient begins to no longer feel feelings of love for their mate they often begin to think they have fallen out of love for them and will file for divorce. Besides that increasing serotonin has long been known to produce argumentative behavior. And then there are the deadly manic effects of these drugs which can produce much out of character behavior that is not conducive to a happy marriage. To learn more about that aspect of antidepressants feel free to join us in another of our Facebook groups: Antidepressant-Induced Divorce Epidemic ….

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness & 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!

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4/13/2001 – Another school shooting & antidepressants

Well, now that it is public information we can let you know that once again
antidepressants were involved in another of the recent school shootings. Beth
Bush had been on antidepressants before shooting a classmate. This article is
from the Washington Post. Of course we are led to believe that the
“antidepressants failed to help”, rather than being educated to the fact that
they were the CAUSE of the shooting.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition For Drug Awareness

H.S. Shooter Talks of Taunting

The Associated Press
Thursday, April 12, 2001; 9:19 PM

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. A 14-year-old girl said she shot a classmate last month
to make the victim “know my pain” from repeated teasing and taunting.

Elizabeth Bush told the ABC News program “20/20” that the shooting has played
over repeatedly in her mind since March 7, the day she shot Kim Marchese at
the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann Junior-Senior High School.

Elizabeth, who had transferred into the school a year earlier, told
interviewer Connie Chung that she was deeply depressed and counseling and
anti-depressants failed to help.

“They’d just call me an idiot, stupid, fat, ugly, faggot, whatever,”
Elizabeth said in the interview, which is scheduled to air Friday.

Elizabeth said her depression caused her to cut her arms with a razor. She
said Kim had befriended her but told others about the self-mutilation,
leaving her feeling betrayed.

“People express their anger different ways,” Elizabeth said. “Crying helps.
That didn’t help me. So I thought maybe I’d try this and maybe it will help.
And it’s just like the actually the pain is it just takes away all your
depression and for a minute you’re not depressed anymore.”

She was sentenced April 4 to an open-ended term at a psychiatric facility.

Kim Marchese, who was wounded in the right shoulder, told Chung that she now
knows she should have acted differently.

“I knew the teasing was wrong and that’s why I asked her if it was bothering
her so I would stop,” Kim said, “I mean, I should have stopped right away.”

© 2001 The Associated Press

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5/24/2000 – Dr. Joseph Glenmullen on ABC’s Chatroom Tonight

This chat is on tonight on the following ABC news site.

Join Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, clinical instructor in psychiatry at
Harvard Medical School, and author of Prozac Backlash:
Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other
Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives, for a chat about
this withdrawal phenomenon at 6 p.m. ET.

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, Harvard Psychiatrist and Author of
Prozac Backlash: Prozac and other serotonin boosters are
among the top 10 best-selling drugs in this country. They are
medications to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive
conditions and panic disorders.

But some doctors and psychiatrists charge that many doctors
are prescribing these drugs to patients with much less severe
versions of these psychiatric illnesses — without warning them
of the side effects that can occur when they stop the

When these individuals, who did not necessarily need to be on
the drug on a long-term basis, try to stop taking the drugs
because they are feeling better, up to 80 percent may start
experiencing some withdrawal effects, such as sadness and
dizziness. Fearing a return to the condition that put them on the
drug to begin with, they continue taking the pill.


Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft,
Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives.
by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D.

Post your questions now and join us when the chat is live.
Remember, your comments will not be seen until posted by the

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4/14/2000 – Safety Study Skimping?

This article appeared yesterday on the ABC News site. We know
that drugs are given only cursory tests before being introduced
into the marketplace. Pharmaceuticals counter that they do
extensive follow-up testing (post-marketing) to assure that the
drugs are in fact safe. Now, it appears that this is something to
which they only give lip service. Mark

Report Says Drug Companies Fail to Complete Required Tests
When the Food and Drug Administration approves a drug it may
still have lingering questions about its safety or effectiveness
which it expects will be answered by the drug company.

By John McKenzie

N E W Y O R K, April 13 Evidence gathered by an
independent advocacy group suggests that many drug
companies in the United States are not keeping all of their

When a drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration,
pharmaceutical firms are required to fulfill “post-marketing”
commitments to continue studying the safety and effectiveness
of the new product. Such research is necessary because the
FDA often approves drugs that have been tested on only a few
thousand people and lingering questions may remain about
how the drugs interact with other medicines or foods and what
kinds of side effects they may create in various patients.

The new study indicates, however, that many companies
routinely fail to follow through with these studies after the new
drugs reach the market. And the FDA is virtually powerless to do
anything about their lack of compliance.

The group that issued the report, Public Citizen, presented the
evidence to the FDA today, based on information obtained
through the Freedom of Information Act.

“Reliance on post-marketing studies as a way of safely
approving drugs is a dumb idea,” says Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public
Citizen. “And a very dangerous idea because the studies mainly
are not getting done.”

Non-Compliance, No Consequences

According to Wolfe and the other authors of the report, FDA files
reveal that five drugs that were approved in the past decade and
later withdrawn from the market for safety reasons never had all
of their required follow-up studies completed.

And as of last December, only 11 out of the 88 new drugs that
were approved with post-marketing commitments between 1990
and 1994, had been subjected to the necessary studies or
properly filed the results. That€ ‘²s a compliance rate of just 13

“Five to ten years is certainly more than enough for the
overwhelming majority of these studies to be completed,” says
Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania. “The longer it
takes to answer these questions the longer patients are
exposed to potentially unnecessary risks.”

FDA Lacks Power

Representatives for the drug industry, however, say such studies
require greater patience.

“Specific studies that have to be designed, executed’. and if
they’re done in a comprehensive way they take a long time
do,” says Wayne Pines, a pharmaceutical industry spokesman.

But while the FDA can tell the drug companies to conduct
additional post-marketing studies, the fact is that once a drug is
on the market there’s little it can do to enforce the order.

Consumer advocates say Congress needs to give the FDA the
authority to impose fines on drug companies that break their

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