Media With Mental Health to Work Together for Suicide Prevention???

 

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Public health burden of suicidal behavior among adults

aged =18 years — United States, 2008

The Deseret News in Salt Lake City just ran an article titled, “Media, mental health professionals discuss working together on suicide prevention?” Really? And how many are going to fall for that? The link to this original article is below and here is my comment on that article:

“Without question suicide is a huge problem plaguing our society. But in searching the cause few see the obvious as the cause, even when admitted, due to the huge amount of revenue associated with it. That is the drugs prescribed to those who are depressed – antidepressants which carry warnings of suicidal ideation. A decade ago antidepressants were given an FDA Black Box Warning (the next step from a complete ban).

“Now we should feel better knowing that media, who receive massive amounts of advertising dollars to promote these drugs, and groups like NAMI, who was shown by a Senate Probe led by Senator Charles Grassley to be 75% funded by Pharma, are looking for answers? Also just days ago JAMA published a study showing 40% of teaching hospitals, like UNI, have drug company ties.

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1853147

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/22919-leaders-of-teaching-hospitals-have-close-ties-to-drug-companies-study-shows

“Propublica in their Dollars for Docs program is working to stop these vested interests. Until it is no longer financially advantageous to those searching I would not expect real answers to suicide prevention. The answer will continue to be “Take your drugs and don’t worry about the suicidal ideation warning. It will not affect you, only others.”

I should have finished with this line, “It will not affect you, only others, because as soon as you go manic on your antidepressant you will become invincable.”

Original Article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600455/Media-mental-health-professionals-discuss-working-together-on-suicide-prevention.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 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.

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. 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!

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The Problem With States Approving Gay Marriages

Gay Couple

Gay Couple Awaits Marriage License in Utah

I realize that this is something many are very emotional about, but it is an issue where emotions need to be set aside long enough to reason through this one aspect because it could be a matter of life or death.

I lightly touched on this antidepressant adverse reaction in my book on these drugs, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? Our Serotonin Nightmare! Because I felt it most important to stop the mass shootings and terrible violence of parents killing their own children as well as all of the sudden suicides that were a result of these drugs, other reactions were put on the back burner. Yet there are SO MANY other absolutely devastating reactions to antidepressants that need to be understood and many of those adverse reactions are sexual in nature.

Obviously there are not many who want to hear this information on antidepressant-induced homosexuality because on one side you have those who firmly believe that this is natural and normal and do not want to hear that it could possibly be anything else. Yet on the other side you have those who want to condem others for acting out and do not want to “give them an excuse” for this type of behavior.

What both sides are missing is that homosexuality CAN BE a medication reaction. Add to that fact that an extremely high percentage of the gay community are in fact taking antidepressants. One of the very first cases I worked on involving Prozac adverse reactions was that of a happily married doctor and father who, much to his surprise, became both homosexual and alcoholic after prescribing Prozac to himself.

The following is the comment I posted on this in the local media today in Salt Lake City where, out of the blue and much to everyone’s surprise, gay marriage was approved on Friday. It is being appealed, but many are scrambling to get their marriages through the system while this is in effect. My statement is a warning to those in that position who have taken antidepressants or are currently on these drugs.

“I have been expecting this to happen in Utah for some time now. In a state that uses so many antidepressants, which can make patients gay via disruption of hormones [in the development stage], it should have been expected.

“In 2000 there were 2000 scientists from around the world who reported their grave concerns about the level of antidepressants in the water supply causing male fish to be born with ovaries! So this aspect of the adverse effects have proven to be even worse than I originally witnessed and reported in my book on antidepressants. [By the way I do not recall 2000 scientists around the world getting together to voice a common concern before this or since!] http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/martharosenberg/drug-store-your-tap-water-and-fish-prozac

“Far too many patients have reported becoming gay on these drugs. So when I oppose gay marriage my main reason is that when people wean very, very slowly to safely come off their medications they generally go back to heterosexuality.

“So if you are marrying someone who is on these drugs get ready for a surprise when they come off! Or in other words make sure your relationship is not based on a medication side effect!

“(Questions? Google a French case last year where Didier Jambart was awarded more than requested in his lawsuit against a drug maker when his medication, similar to an antidepressant, caused this admitted drug reaction for him. Then read the book Our Stolen Future by Dr. Theo Colburn, which explains it well.)”

And now that you have read that statement you should know that the two main media outlets in Salt Lake City are KSL and the Deseret News. Their reaction to this statement was… Deseret News refused to print it and KSL suspended my account for attempting to post it!!!! Now this was being posted only as a comment on the story that ran on the gay marriages and it was sandwiched in with hundreds of other posts where it likely would not even be read!

My question? Why on earth would they care if it was posted? I backed up what I said and simply issued a warning to those this information might impact. Frankly I was shocked! Do their main advertisers, the drug companies, want to make certain this aspect of medication reactions is never discussed?

My point is that patients have the right to be fully informed about ALL possible reactions to a medication and drug companies have the responsibility to warn which it seems they do everything to avoid doing! A perfect case in point would be the I made post last week about the woman who made the false accusations of sexual abuse against the Duke University players while on antidepressants about six years ago. If someone would have associated the medication reaction of the false accusations of abuse then, she likely would not have remained on these drugs thus suffering more and more toxic reactions (known to produce changes in behavior little different than a brain tumor might) until she murdered her boyfriend two years ago.

Toxic reactions, no matter how they manifest physically, emotionally or behaviorally, must be dealt with because as you continue on the offending medication toxic reactions naturally become worse, not better!

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!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. 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 hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:   http://store.drugawareness.org/

ANTIDEPRESSANT/HEAD INJURY: Man Made Violent Threats, Possible Murderer, UT

In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.

The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
days of home confinement.

Months
before the sentencing in 1999, Mortensen and his wife at the time sought
protective orders against each other. In her petition for a protective order,
Mortensen’s wife said he had been “acting really crazy.”

“He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
devil rather than by God,” the petition states.

She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
him.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700006613/Son-of-slain-BYU-professor-Kay-Mortensen-has-history-of-violent-crime.html

Son
of slain BYU professor Kay Mortensen has history of violent crime

By Paul Koepp

Deseret
News

Published:
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 5:45 p.m. MST

PAYSON — A Payson man named as a “person of interest” in the slaying of his
father has previously made violent threats against family members and others,
court documents state.

Investigators say Roger Mortensen and his wife, Pamela, have made
inconsistent statements about what happened Nov. 16, the night retired BYU
professor Kay Mortensen, 70, was found with his throat slashed in a bathtub in
his Payson Canyon home. Authorities have labeled both as persons of interest in
the homicide case.

On July 13, 1996, Roger Mortensen was driving down Mineral
Basin Road in American Fork Canyon on a four-wheeler when he passed a car full
of Boy Scouts, according to an affidavit filed in 4th District Court. For
reasons that are unclear, Mortensen became “very upset,” stopped and pulled out
a handgun, the affidavit states.

He allegedly began yelling and pointed the gun at the driver’s head. The
driver continued down to a camp near Timpanogos Cave and reported the assault to
authorities, who tracked down Mortensen and found him with the gun and a
marijuana pipe, the affidavit states.

Mortensen was charged with aggravated assault, drug possession and receiving
stolen property after detectives discovered he had a $4,000 radar unit belonging
to the Utah Highway Patrol. A prosecutor stated in court papers that Mortensen
was employed by UHP at the time, but the agency says it has no record of him
working there.

Mortensen pleaded no contest to reduced charges of theft and exhibiting a
dangerous weapon, and was given probation.

When Mortensen was charged with theft in 1997 for
allegedly helping his roommate steal dozens of tools from an Orem hardware store
where Mortensen worked as a cashier, a jury found him guilty but mentally
ill.

In a letter to the court, a therapist reported that due to a severe head
injury Mortensen suffered in a fall off a cliff in 1994, his “daily functioning”
was “extremely limited,” and going to jail would hinder his treatment.

“He remembers how he used to be and has not yet accepted his limitations,”
the letter states.

The therapist also said that when Mortensen had previously been in jail, he
was threatened and beaten by a group of inmates, and would later receive notices
when one of the inmates who had gone to prison had a parole hearing.

“This terrifies Roger,” the letter states. “He is afraid he will be killed if
he goes to jail.”

The therapist wrote that Mortensen was on medication to treat depression, and
that his condition made full-time employment difficult. Judge Steven Hansen
ultimately ruled that Mortensen was not mentally ill and sentenced him to 45
days of home confinement.

Months
before the sentencing in 1999, Mortensen and his wife at the time sought
protective orders against each other. In her petition for a protective order,
Mortensen’s wife said he had been “acting really crazy.”

“He told me that he could see the devil and that he had been borne by the
devil rather than by God,” the petition states.

She claimed that Mortensen, who she said was “addicted to marijuana” and
drank often, threw her against a wall and slapped her face. Her petition also
states that Mortensen frequently picked on her son and said he was going to kill
him.

In his petition seeking a protective order against her, Mortensen said his
wife lied about the assaults and warned him that her son had friends in a gang
who would kill him. The couple soon divorced.

Mortensen was later convicted of violating the protective order by making
harassing phone calls. A judge ordered him to take an anger management
class.

In a separate case in Spanish Fork, Mortensen entered a
plea in abeyance in 2003 for providing alcohol to a minor after an altercation
with his stepson.

Greg Skordas, an attorney representing Roger and Pamela Mortensen, said his
client “just can’t say anything at this
time.”

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