ATTENTION UTAH: Meet Me SLC Friday Morning Meeting on Youth Suicide

Maiya, age 6, on Zoloft cries, ‘Mummy I want to go with the angels now.’

Seth, age 5, on Paxil begs, “Daddy Please Kill Me! I Cannot Take This Anymore!

Utah has the highest rate of youth suicide in the world. It is the leading cause of death in youth in Utah where they are losing over 600 children per year!! Never yet that I am aware of in tracking this have antidepressants been discussed as the CAUSE of the high rate of suicide. They are only encouraged as the cure for suicide. Ironic in light of the FDA Black Box Warning issued in 2004 indicating a doubling of suicidal ideation by antidepressants when given to children! PLEASE those of you in Utah join me in standing up for this cause tomorrow morning or I will go alone as I have so often in the past. Someone has to speak up for this atrocity! If we can wake up Utah where the problem is the worst perhaps we can wake up the world! You will find me under the signs that say “Prevent Youth Suicide, Ban Antidepressants!”

Thanks to my ex-Senator Charles Grassley we learned that NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) were funded 81% by Pharma explaining why their only solution for mental illness is medication. The head of NAMI was so embarrassed by the disclosure that he stepped down. Now there are other groups like the ones behind this gathering. How much are they getting from Pharma to do the same thing? As I searched through their website it was full of suggestions of medicating children with antidepressants. THIS NEEDS TO END!!!!!!! The announcement for this event follows:

Watch the recording: Here

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00AM
    50 West Cafe
    50 W Broadway
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    Downtown, Salt Lake City

  •  Phone number(801) 961-1033

______Broadway Media radio stations: Mix 105.1 (KUDD), X96 (KXRK), U92 (KUUU), Rewind 100.7 (KYMV), Eagle 101.5 (KEGA), ESPN 700 (KALL) and ESPN 960 (KOVO)______

On the morning of September 15th, 2017, from 9-10AM, radio personalities Jon Watkins of Mix 105.1, and Bill Allred of X96, will host a town hall style discussion along with a panel of guests, which includes: Attorney General Sean Reyes, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and other leading local health experts (health experts best described as drug pushers?!) who will address questions from participating high school students and listeners to start an open discussion about suicide prevention. This event will be broadcast live on all Broadway Media radio stations: Mix 105.1 (KUDD), X96 (KXRK), U92 (KUUU), Rewind 100.7 (KYMV), Eagle 101.5 (KEGA), ESPN 700 (KALL) and ESPN 960 (KOVO), and will be live streamed on radio station Facebook platforms, and online at www.broadwaymediagroup.com. Broadway Media hopes that leading this open discussion will help the local community feel empowered to openly engage their friends, family members and neighbors about prevention, and bring the topic of suicide out of the shadows.

“After learning about the statistics of suicide in this state, I decided it was time for us to use our voice to shine a light on this growing health crisis. This event is not about doom and gloom. This event is about starting a conversation no one wants to have and sharing the unbelievable and free resources that are available to anyone in despair. This broadcast is about hope.” – Kayvon Motiee, President, Broadway Media

X96 and Broadway Media invites their media peers, clients and partners, and members of the community who would like to attend, to join them on-site the morning of September 15th at 50 West Café, to take part in this discussion and learn how to take action, and raise awareness about suicide prevention. X96 and Broadway Media would like to implore the community for their support in this endeavor. As this crisis continues to take the lives of Utahn’s and their loved ones, it is time to move past the fear and speak out about this growing public health issue, and open a safe forum for support, information and local resources.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, established in 1987, is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. As a critical resource in the community, the AFSP provides funding for scientific research, education to the public about mental health and suicide prevention, and support and aid for those affected by suicide. If you or a loved one is in distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

PLEASE SEE BELOW THE LATEST REPORT ON THE

DOUBLING OF YOUTH SUICIDE WORLDWIDE

WHILE IN UTAH IT TRIPLED!!!!!

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS & ACTIONS IN CHILDREN DOUBLE WORLDWIDE

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RIP From Del Shannon to Chris Cornell

 Here you have Chris Cornell’s wife telling you her husband did not commit suicide and it must have been a reaction to  Ativan. Add to that below you have Del Shannon’s widow explaining how what Del did was so totally out of character just as Chris’ wife stated and that she knew it was the Prozac that caused him to take his life.

 (See link to transcript of Le Anne’s FDA testimony below)
Del Shannon was given the drug only for exhaustion from so many new gigs as his had career started really taking off again. He had recovered earlier from an addiction to alcohol.
One main problem with both of these classes of drugs is that they both cause cravings for alcohol and yet they both have warnings not to use the drugs in conjunction with alcohol. So you are set up from the get go with them. In fact it is the first thing I saw with Prozac that caught my attention because I saw so many who did not drink become alcoholics almost overnight on these SSRI and SNRI antidepressants. This is why we have a Facebook group titles Antidepressant-induced Cravings For Alcohol.
Not that either Del nor Chris were drinking. Del’s autopsy showed nothing. He was sober and had been for some time. And he had only taken Prozac for 15 days. Chris’ autopsy will not be available for weeks yet.
But what can make one pill have the impact of two or more is what is called “kindling.” Both Del and Chris had previous issues with drug or alcohol addiction and what does that do to one’s liver? It clearly impairs liver function and thus their ability to metabolize the medications they were prescribed. Seriously! What are doctors thinking?!!! That is such basic medical knowledge.
 The fact is that recovering addicts should NEVER ever be given a drug as “treatment” because their livers are already compromised from the effects of the previous drug use! No one warns of this! In fact all I have seen in my almost 30 years of sounding the warnings about these drugs is the non-stop peddling of all these kinds of drugs to drug and alcohol recovery/rehabilitation centers!
Look at the example of Lindsay Lohan. On Zoloft she developed the cravings for alcohol that come with antidepressants and what did the court system do? They brought her in charged her for it and court ordered her to take her Zoloft! The same drug that was causing the cravings for alcohol in the first place was their solution for her improving her life! I hope she learns this some day and is able to sue them all for the hell she has gone through as a result! She is lucky to have survived it, but anyone who has lived through it can tell you that no one would ever want to experience what she has gone through on these drugs – her and far too many others!
The best recovery centers in this country with almost ZERO recidivism are those set up by Dr. James Milam. The reason he has such excellent results is that he uses diet and nutrition to support the patients and help them to heal. He understands that drug and alcohol addictions need to be treated for the hypoglycemia they either have caused or worsened so he puts them on a hypoglycemic diet. Drugs and alcohol deplete nutritional levels. Those levels need to be replenished after drug/alcohol use in order to heal, not further depleted with additional drugs, even if those drugs are currently legal – a status that is ever changing with many drugs. And the stronger effects produced by the prescription drugs needs to at least be considered along with the liver’s post drug function in determining its ability to handle those drugs. I do not see that happening and these two examples alone demonstrate how very deadly the results of that can be.
In memory of Del:https://youtu.be/nSkV9pdzLgo
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE POTENTIAL OF THESE DRUGS TO PRODUCE SUICIDE IN ABRUPT WITHDRAWAL IS EVEN HIGHER THAN WHEN TAKING THE DRUGS….ALWAYS WEAN OFF EXTREMELY GRADUALLY AS THEY HAVE TERRIBLE WITHDRAWAL EFFECTS!!!

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Two School Shootings in the News on Columbine’s 18th Anniversary

Today, Thursday, April 20, 2017, marks the 18th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and marks the day after Barry Loukitis, in one of the first school shootings in this country, was once again given 189 years for killing a teacher and two classmates in Moses Lake, WA while no mention of these drugs and the role they played in that case has ever been mentioned in his defense! And while the real guilty parties in these school shootings continue to live in plush luxury with no repercussions whatsoever to this day!

The 12 students listed below and one teacher, William “Dave” Sanders, 47, were killed during the attack on the morning of April 20, 1999. And Eric Harris and Dylan Kleebold lost their lives in either a double suicide or a murder/suicide after the attack. Today we remember all the lives that were lost that day as well as those were severely injured and those whose lives were changed forever when Eric and Dylan reacted to their antidepressants:

Cassie Bernall, 17
Steven Curnow, 14
Corey DePooter, 17
Kelly Fleming, 16
Matthew Kechter, 16
Daniel Mauser, 15
Daniel Rohrbough, 15
Rachel Scott, 17
Isaiah Shoels, 18
John Tomlin, 16
Lauren Townsend, 18
Kyle Velasquez, 16

The day this happened I was on the phone with Ruben Ortega, Chief of Police in Salt Lake City, discussing with him some local tragedies to help him to understand the impact of these drugs upon the community he served and the public as a whole. The Salt Lake Family History Library shooting had recently happened with an elderly Russian man killing two before being shot. That elderly Russian man had an experience very similar to the German Wings pilot who two years ago took a plane with 150 to their deaths as he flew it into a mountain side in the Alps. This elderly Russian man noticed that he was losing his eyesight as a result of his antidepressant so he just stopped taking it with NO IDEA what that can cause! (If you see the REM Sleep Disorder listed in the Evidence section on School Shootings you will see the reaction he had that morning on his daily walk past the Family History Library as he opened fire killing one of my dear friends, Don Thomas, whom I had warned over and over again about the danger he was in there as the Family History Library security guard.) As Chief Ortega learned more and more about how these drugs work and how they can produce psychosis and violence and are so very similar in action to a slow fuse LSD or PCP he mentioned that was the case in the recent KSL shooting as well. The woman who came into that building shooting and killing a woman who worked there and her unborn child was also on one of these drugs. He then asked me, “Do you think what is going on right now in that school shooting in Littleton, CO could be caused by these drugs as well?” I replied that I did not generally see a case where two people go off the deep end on these drugs at the same time, but if they commit suicide too, you can bet it is one of these cases.” I was to later learn that about the same time I was making that statement to Chief Ortega is when Eric and Dylan lost their lives to the suicidal ideation we now have warnings are doubled for those under the age of 25 who take these drugs.

Mark Taylor’s Fight for Columbine

Please watch Mark Taylor’s Fight For Columbine to see how this tragedy has never gone away for Mark and has only gotten worse for him after he filed suit against the antidepressant maker of Luvox . Luvox is the antidepressant Eric Harris was taking when he shot Mark. And before anyone starts in on we don’t have any evidence of Dylan being on anything you need to know  that a girlfriend of Dylan’s came to Mark Taylor’s mother and then spoke with me about trying to help Dylan come off his Zoloft and Paxil (the same drug found guilty in the suicide of one of the nations’ leading attorneys.

http://www.drugawareness.org/mark-taylors-fight4columbine/

Now Take a Look at the Massive Amount of Evidence that Antidepressants are the Cause of School Shootings

 

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: The Evidence Antidepressants Are The Cause

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? FATHER KILLS WIFE AND SELF IN FRONT OF CHILDREN IN HOUSTON

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Suicidal Father Shoots Wife and Self in Front of Children

Thank you to the doctor’s wife who sent this case in their own area this morning…

Everyone should know that antidepressants are almost always the common denominator in murder/suicides any more. In tracking these cases for 25 years I rarely find a murder/suicide that does not involve these drugs.

Doctors give them couples antidepressants because they are naturally depressed over the breakup of their family and this is far too often the end result. Note that the father was first suicidal and then turned the gun on his wife and then himself while obviously suffering both suicidal ideation and homicidal ideation.

Remember before these drugs when depressed people used to go off alone to kill themselves rather than taking loved ones with them?

View the news report here: 

http://abc13.com/news/police-kids-witness-parents-murder-suicide/905959/

The drugs are known to cause paranoia, aggression and violence which can easily lead to a divorce as well. So the drugs could have produced the separation to begin with. The question always needs to be asked for the sake of the children left behind.

I have testified in these cases for almost 25 years (comedian Phil Hartman and his wife were the most high profile case). Their children deserved to know the truth about how they lost their parents!

Deadly drugs! Here are 5000 other examples of the violence they produce:

www.SSRIstories.NET

EXCESS SEROTONIN PRODUCES EXTREME VIOLENCE

What so many were not aware of is that an increase in serotonin by an accompanying decrease in one’s ability to metabolize serotonin was long known to produce both impulsive murder and suicide. See this study out of the Southern California:

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

ANTIDEPRESSANTS PRODUCE SLEEP DISORDER KNOWN TO

INCLUDE BOTH MURDER AND SUICIDE

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 slowly.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

drugawareness.org & 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 atwww.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) atwww.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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1991 FDA Antidepressant Hearing: Mother Kills Two Sons & Attempts Suicide – Tucker Moneymaker

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On April 5, 1991, after only 21 days on Prozac Tucker Moneymaker’s wife Sandra, 36, shot and killed their two sons, David Lee, 8, and William, 16, while they slept before shooting herself twice in the abdomen in a suicide attempt. The bottle of Prozac was found in the room with them. Tucker had left for work at 7:00 AM and returned at 8:37 AM to find the boys dead and his wife bleeding and unconscious. Read below for the scientific data on how Prozac can cause murder/suicide.

Here is the video of Tucker Moneymaker testimony before the FDA hearing (FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Hearing) September 20, 1991:

And here is the text of Tucker Moneymaker’s testimony to the FDA on September 20, 1991:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Hearings

DR. CASEY: Thank you. Tucker Moneymaker, please?

MR. MONEYMAKER: Thank you. On behalf of myself and thousands of other citizens in the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, of which I happen to be the Prozac Survivor Director for these three states, I want to say thank you for allowing the public to come up here and speak and voice their opinion about this dangerous drug.

I also want to tell everybody that these are real stories, real people. This is not something written down on a piece of paper, something somebody wrote up somewhere. These are real things that are happening.

My story is also real. It’s just a real nightmare, something I have to live with every day. I had two sons, David Lee, age 8, and Billy, 16, a wife of 20 years, is all gone. I’ll tell you why. In March of this year my wife, Sandra, had some nerve problems. She was asked to go be evaluated. The doctor put her on Prozac. He told her she was depressed because she was having nerve problems.

Now, I want you to keep this in mind, how my wife was, just a little short story. My wife was the kind of mother that always put the kids first. She would take her kids back and forth to school every day. My 8-year-old never rode a school bus. My wife was tied up in the church, tied up in Cub Scouts and room mother at school.

I heard these people talking about scientific data. I want to show them some scientific data. This is scientific data right here. I want you all to look at it. This is scientific data for those who say we don’t have scientific data.

I haven’t slept but about two hours since Sunday.

I want to apologize if I sound a little shaky. After being on Prozac for 21 days, my wife shot and killed both of these two boys right here. She turned the gun on herself and shot herself herself twice. Now she’s in jail for murder.

This is the kind of lady that never took a drug, no mixed drinks, no alcohol, no reason to be depressed, just some nerve problems, like everybody has from time to time. I’m depressed. I’ve got legitimate reason to be depressed. I want to ask you all, don’t let this happen to anybody else. These are real people. You know, these murders and things are senseless. It’s time to put a stop to it.

Thank you.

MOTHER INDICTED IN HALIFAX SLAYINGS: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19910416&id=wuJNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WosDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3958,2783944&hl=en

PERSONAL TRAGEDY SPURS CRUSADE:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1298&dat=19910805&id=Q29WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FeQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6879,789625&hl=en

HOW ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAN PRODUCE MURDER AND SUICIDE:

There are several ways. First of all they impair the metabolism of serotonin so that serotonin will build up in the synapse. And we were suppose to believe that was beneficial. But take a look at this research from the University of Southern California on excess serotonin producing extreme violence: http://www.drugawareness.org/mutant-mice-key-to-human-violence-an-excess-serotonin/

Another way it can be done is by inducing the REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) – a state in which one acts out nightmares and which has long been known to include both impulsive murder and suicide. At this point 86% of those being diagnosed with this disorder are taking antidepressants. Because of the time of day this case happened it would most likely be triggered by RBD.

Another way they can induce this type of violence is by chemically inducing a manic psychosis. In the beginning of the SSRI antidepressant era psychiatrists refused to prescribe Prozac due to its strong ability to induce mania/Bipolar Disorder. That is far from the case now though.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness

drugawareness.org & 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 in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) at www.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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February 2004 FDA Testimony of Corey and Jay Baadsgaard – Why I Took a Gun to School

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Corey Baadsgaard

Since it seems from the feedback we received after posting Mark and Cheryl Miller’s FDA testimony that many of you were unaware of all the testimonies on our site I thought I would post a few more for you.

This is Corey and his father Jay Baadsgaard from Mattawa, WA. No one gained more media attention at the February 2, 2004 FDA hearing on antidepressants and children than did Jay Baadsgaard, who has now been serving as our Washington Co-Director for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness for many years. In watching their presentation to the FDA you will see why. Jay has one of the deepest and longrange voices I have ever heard. Find the link to their testimony here: http://www.drugawareness.org/corey-baadsgaard-fda-testimony/

And you can find Corey’s story in the following video as to what happened to him when he suffered one of the most deadly adverse reactions to antidepressants known as a REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) where you act out nightmares in a dream state. Corey got up from a short nap, but did not wake up as he took a gun to school under the influence of Paxil and Effexor. He held classmates at gunpoint while he fluctuated between homicidal and suicidal ideation for 45 and to this day has no memory of it. Here is the link to his story Why I Took a Gun to School: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1

To see the full Gary Null production of the movie The Drugging of Our Children from which Corey’s story was taken go to this link: http://www.drugawareness.org/the-drugging-of-our-children/

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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ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? Pasadena School Shooting Plot Foiled

Pasadena High School Shooting

Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller

Thank to Brent Ledger for bringing us this case out of South Pasadena, California. Two teens had a plot for a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School and they were willing to die in the shooting. Neither boy had a criminal record or previous issues involving the police.

But according to Police Chief Art Miller at a news conference the two boys, ages 16 and 17, had researched weaponry, explosives and methods for disarming people. “As they were planning it … they had a very specific plan on how they were going to carry out their sick mission,”

The teens, who have not been identified, “very cold-heartedly” discussed their plans with each other online.

“As they put it, they just wanted to kill as many people as possible,” Miller said.

Homicidal and suicidal ideation does not consist of just killing others or oneself. Rather it is having constant ruminating thoughts and compulsions about killing and how to accomplish that. Sounds like what these boys are being accused of doing. So what we need to know is “Were they suffering homicidal and suicidal ideation from antidepressants or other serotonergic medications?” This is the question that should ALWAYS be asked in these cases! With the most common denominator in school shootings being the use of an antidepressant by the perpetrators it is only common sense to do so.

See our database of school shooting cases to see what we already know about school shooters and which antidepressants they were taking: http://www.drugawareness.org/school-shootings/

See our database of all types of cases with approximately 5000 cases here: www.ssristories.net

ORIGINAL  REPORT on this school shooting plot: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-teens-mass-shooting-plot-arrests-20140819-story.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!

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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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SSRIs: Emotional Detachment: Personality Changes & Reduction in Positive…

Paragraph two reads:  “A recent study published in the
British Journal of Psychiatry found that the majority of
patients taking SSRIs experienced emotional detachment, feelings of
indifference, personality changes,
and a reduction in

positive and negative emotions.[1]”

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/716929

Physicians Are Talking About: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and
the Choice to Numb Out

Nancy R. Terry

Authors and
Disclosures

Posted: 02/18/2010

Selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs), mainstays of psychopharmacology, effectively eliminate
suicidal ideation — not to mention feelings of exhilaration, caring, and
desire.

A recent study published in the British Journal of
Psychiatry
found that the majority of patients taking SSRIs experienced

emotional detachment, feelings of indifference, personality changes, and a
reduction in positive and negative emotions.[1]

Currently,
tens of millions of patients in the United States take SSRIs daily. However,
evidence pertaining to the long-term effects of these drugs is scant. “In a few
decades, as many as 15% of the world’s population might be on SSRIs,” comments a
psychiatrist. “Although the suicide rate might decrease, I wonder what the
long-term effect will be.”

The conjecture posited on Medscape’s Physician
Connect (MPC), an all-physician discussion board, launches a discussion about
the apparent choice in SSRI use — to be crippled by depression or functional
and emotionally numb.

MPC contributors commented that their anecdotal
experience aligns with that of the British study.

In several patients on
long-term SSRIs, I have noticed some subtle personality changes,” says a
psychiatrist. “Of course, there’s no way of ascertaining cause and effect
without a good, long-term study, but this is what I’ve observed: (1) SSRIs

decrease pain (irritability, depression) but also seem to increase the threshold
for what constitutes an exciting event (a person needs more novelty than
previously for the same effect); and (2) SSRIs increase apathy and have the
potential to decrease empathy.”

“It would be unrealistic,” adds another
psychiatrist, “to think that taking a medication which significantly impacts a
major neurotransmitter would not have, in some cases if not many, a significant
effect on a person’s personality, either short- or long-term.” The psychiatrist
comments that case studies documented in Peter Kramer’s book Listening to
Prozac
indicate that SSRIs strongly impact a patient’s feeling of “caring,”
which can affect the patient’s relationships with friends and family.

An
endocrinologist suggests that his colleagues view the film Numb, which
documents filmmaker Phil Lawrence’s struggle to stop taking the popular SSRI
Paxil. In the trailer for the film, Lawrence says, “I’m flatlined. This isn’t
me. This is me on Paxil®.”[2]

“These are the
wonder drugs of psychiatry,” argues a psychiatrist. “They continue to benefit
people over the long term, even at low doses. They help with anxiety, much more
robustly than with depression, but they help in depression too. If I had my way
Prozac®, Zoloft®, and Celexa® would be sold
over the counter.” The psychiatrist comments that the life-time prevalence of
depression is between 15% and 30%,[3] and most people remain
untreated for fear of persecution and judgment formation about their need to
take antidepressant drugs. Over-the-counter distribution, he reasons, would make

SSRIs more readily available to people who need them.

“I disagree about
the OTC [over-the-counter] issue,” replies Stephen Grcevich, MD, a child and
adolescent psychiatrist. “I think there are untoward effects of SSRIs that are
still poorly understood, such as the very small but statistically significant
risk of suicidal behavior in persons aged 25 and under. We also saw a subgroup
of kids who displayed significant disinhibition and indifference to academics in
a large, open-label, federally funded study looking at SSRI safety.” He comments
that he hopes to present the study data at the 2010 annual meeting of the
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

An internist
who frequently prescribes SSRIs, reports that she repeatedly experienced
suicidal thoughts while taking an SSRI for depression. “I have been placed by my
physician on Lexapro® 3 times. In each instance, my mood lifted and
crying decreased. I could sleep. In 3 days’ time, I started having thoughts that
came out of the blue, such as ‘I want to drive off this bridge.’ Stopping the
medication stopped the thoughts.” She says that she tells her patients about
this potential side effect, but no patient has related having a similar
response.

SSRIs and then SNRIs [serotonin noradrenaline reuptake
inhibitors] nearly killed me,” says an obstetrician/gynecologist. “They caused
narcolepsy, and I fell asleep and drove off the road.” He comments that his
level of apathy while taking the drugs was so extreme as to appear parkinsonian.
In my opinion as a patient, mild to moderate depression should be treated by
cognitive behavioral therapy, not meds.”

A surgeon comments that, in many
cases, SSRIs are given to patients who are only mildly depressed. “The drugs are
given as mood elevators,” he says. “We essentially are giving out the drug for
the same reason people self-medicate or abuse alcohol.”

“I do agree we
are pushed to start meds too early on mild cases sometimes,” says a family
medicine physician. “We must ask the tough questions of patients about suicidal
thoughts to determine the severity of their illness. Then start a multipronged
approach to treatment and not just write a script and send them out the
door.”

A neurosurgeon comments that clearly there are a number of
questions about SSRIs that need to be addressed:

  • Should we treat mild depression knowing the risks?
  • Are we educating patients about the possibility that they will experience
    apathy?
  • Are we increasing the risk for substance abuse in patients who attempt to
    counterbalance induced conditions of apathy and boredom?
  • Are the artificially high levels of serotonin caused by the use of SSRIs
    chronically changing the brain and making it impossible to withdraw from these
    drugs?


“I agree that higher doses and long-term use does blunt
emotions,” says a pediatrician. “I used Effexor® for about 7 years
and tried to wean off during that time, but at very low doses would redevelop
extreme sadness that resolved when I upped the dose.” He says that working with
his psychiatrist, he switched to Wellbutrin® and now experiences a
wider range of appropriate emotions. “However, if I did not have another option,
I would prefer Effexor® side effects over the chronic anxiety and
sadness I experienced for much of my life without it.”

The authors of the
British study reported a similar finding. Many participants in the study
considered whether they should stop taking their medication, but viewed the side
effects as preferable to the illness for which they were being
treated.

“And that is the problem, isn’t it?” comments an MPC
contributor. “We just don’t have meds that treat without some side
effects.”

The full discussion can be accessed at http://boards.medscape.com/forums/.29f65335

References

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Amnesia & Murder: Man Stabs Wife to Death: Nebraska

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Serious memory loss is a common complaint as far as side
effects to antidepressants go. Even Amnesia is listed as a Frequent side effect
for Prozac in the Physicians Desk Reference.  It is no uncommon to be
unaware of what one has done on these drugs.
Also paranoia is listed as an “Infrequent” side-effect
[but not listed as Rare] in the Physicians Desk Reference for medications for
depression.  A person with paranoia should almost never be given an
antidepressant.
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Paragraphs 12 through 16 read:  “The report says
Hollister began experiencing  ‘depressive symptoms,’ including
severe insomnia, in the summer of 2008. Financial stress, health problems and a
relative’s purported involvement with a cult contributed to his depression, the
report says.”

“Hollister reportedly became paranoid about others, whom
he believed were ‘plotting’ against him
,” the report says.  ‘He also
experienced suicidal ideation during that time period’.”

“Hollister
sought help from several medical professionals and was
prescribed medicine for depression and
insomnia.”

“On Nov. 3, Hollister called 911, saying his wife was
dead and a knife was beside her.”


http://www.omaha.com/article/20091031/NEWS01/710319900/-1/FRONTPAGE

Published Saturday October 31,
2009

Man competent for trial in wife’s death

By Todd Cooper
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

His mental
state now stabilized through medication, Robert T. Hollister has been ruled
competent to stand trial in the stabbing death of his wife, Jeanie “Ellie”
Hollister.

What doctors haven’t determined is whether the Omaha man was
sane at the time of his wife’s death on Nov. 3, 2008.

In a recent court
document, Lincoln Regional Center doctors said they needed more time to make
that determination. Hollister has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to

first-degree murder.

“Mr. Hollister is competent to stand trial,” the
regional center report says. “Further evaluation is necessary before an opinion
can be offered regarding Mr. Hollister’s mental status at the time of the
offense.”

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine acknowledged the rarity of
regional center doctors requesting more time for evaluation because they haven’t
reached a consensus regarding a defendant’s mental state at the time of a
crime.

He said a defendant isn’t necessarily insane just because he has
been battling mental illness. However, he said, attorneys will have to wait for
the further evaluation before deciding how to proceed.

With insanity
defenses, the burden shifts to defense attorneys to prove that their client was
insane at the time of the killing. It will be up to Douglas County District
Judge Marlon Polk to weigh any testimony about Hollister’s mental
state.

If the judge concludes that Hollister was insane, he most likely
would be committed indefinitely to the regional center. If the judge determines
that Hollister was sane, he would proceed to trial and, if convicted, face life
in prison.

The initial regional center report by psychiatrist Klaus
Hartmann and psychologist Mario Scalora shows that Hollister, 59, had been
battling depression for several months before the death of his

wife.

Hollister, who has no criminal record, has a master’s degree in
human resources and was employed at Omaha Bedding Co. from 1994 to
2007.

He then worked at his wife’s vintage clothing store, “Weird Wild
Stuff,” from 2007 until the time of her death.

The report says Hollister
began experiencing “depressive symptoms,” including severe insomnia, in the
summer of 2008. Financial stress, health problems and a relative’s purported
involvement with a cult contributed to his depression, the report
says.

“Hollister reportedly became paranoid about others, whom he
believed were ‘plotting’ against him,” the report says. “He also experienced
suicidal ideation during that time period.”

Hollister sought help from
several medical professionals and was prescribed medicine for depression and
insomnia.

On Nov. 3, Hollister called 911, saying his wife was dead and a
knife was beside her.

Police found Ellie Hollister dead in the couple’s
home at 4705 N. 111th Circle.

Detectives found evidence that Ellie
Hollister, 52, tried to fight off her husband, including scratch marks on Robert
Hollister’s face. Hollister told regional center doctors he had “memory lapses
related to the alleged offense.”

“Hollister demonstrated a desire for
justice,” the report says, “rather than undeserved punishment.”

Contact
the writer:

444-1275,

todd.cooper@owh.com

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