ANTIDEPRESSANT??? Father, Nurse, Believed to Have Killed His Wife, Three Children & Self

Short family

Brian Short and family

Brian Short, a nurse with a large online website for nurses, killed his children while they slept and then his wife as she was awakened by the gunshots and began to call 911. He then went to their garage and shot himself. This is the high profile Minnesota murder/suicide case we have been discussing on my Facebook page most of the week and the following is my comment on the first article listed below in ORIGINAL ARTICLES. The latest is the second article below from People Magazine.

It has already been reported that Brian was having mental health issues and some financial issues. Financial issues are also common with the use of antidepressants since the drugs so easily produce Bipolar in the form of mania or hypomania which involve very poor judgement when it comes to finances and includes wild spending.

Here is my comment: Obviously most of you here need a reality check so here we go….there is NOTHING NEW about these types of tragedies! I have dealt with them ALL DAY LONG for years now and until lately it seemed that few cared as I continued to shout the warnings this was coming. I have been writing, lecturing, doing media and movies and testifying in court about it as well as to the FDA. Here is a database of 5000 cases (just the tip of this iceberg) including nearly every school shooting and mass murder and murder/suicide in the country over the past 2 1/2 decades: www.SSRIstories.NET. These are all cases involving the use of an antidepressant – drugs that act like a slow-fuse LSD or PCP as they increase serotonin – the chemical in the brain that LSD and PCP mimic in order to produce hallucinogenic effects.

How could an antidepressant cause a loving mother or father to kill those who mean the most to them in life?

Simple. Antidepressants strongly impair sleep producing a disorder known as a REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) where you act out nightmares in a sleep state. And who gets hurt in your nightmares if not those you care about the most? Of those being diagnosed with RBD 86% are taking an antidepressant and 80% of them hurt themselves or someone else. It has long been know that this includes both murder and suicide as a result. RBD was known basically as a drug withdrawal state before the SSRI antidepressants hit the market. So having someone withdraw slowly enough to avoid serious withdrawal is key in prevention.

Take the case of Andrea Yates, also a nurse, and the third nurse in a three month period to go to court for killing her children – all while on antidepressants. The other two nj\urses were married to doctors. Just the day before Andrea drowned all five of her children she had two huge dosage changes in her antidepressants (which the FDA warns can produced suicide, hostility, and/or psychosis) so she was on two antidepressants, both at maximum dose when she drowned her children. Rusty Yates will tell you in a heartbeat that losing her children was Andrea’s very worst nightmare. She had even quit her nursing career so she could spend more time with them. (Also during Andrea’s second trial a female doctor in Illinois on one of the antidepressants Andrea was taking stabbed her two sons.)

This Minnesota case has nothing to do with a holistic practitioner taking his life or being murdered. Brian Short was a mainstream nurse using medical modalities, not alternatives. Medical professionals have long been the highest single group involved in these cases. In fact 60% of workplace violence takes place in a medical facility. Since that is where the drugs are available we should not be surprised.

How much does this group of medical professionals use antidepressants?

In the fall of 2007 a Russian news crew came to interview me for a special on antidepressants just a few hours South of where this tragedy took place. After they filmed me giving a lecture on the subject we opened for questions. A psych nurse stood and said she knew everything I had said about these drugs that night were true because she was on the antidepressant, Lexapro, and had suffered every side effect I had listed. She then said, “But you do not understand what is going on out here. A good 75% of the doctors and nurses I work with are on antidepressants! Drug reps are coming in and telling them they are in a really stressful profession and sooner or later depression would set in because of this so they should get started on the drugs now.” To support her statement I give you a couple of comments from Brian Short’s website for nurses discussing one nurse’s concern over her own inability to function cognitively as a nurse while taking antidepressants:

“Honey, nine tenths of the nurses I know are on anti depressants, anti anxiety, even some anti psychotics. Yes, you can work on these meds, and nobody in hiring asks a thing about it. We talk among ourselves and that’s how I know this of course. But its not a big deal. I would not be able to work WITHOUT them!!!!! :O)”….KaroSnowQueen

“… I’d estimate that at least 75% of my nursing school class was on them by graduation and many of the nurses I work with have talked about taking them also. I’m a firm believer in taking meds if you need them…” ….Jules A

(Keep in mind these are the people treating you when you walk into a doctor’s office or hospital…wish I had a way to post brain waves of someone on an antidepressant so you could see “no one is home” while on these drugs!)

In summary, Brian Short had every physical sign of being on an antidepressant as well as news reports of “mental illness”. (I use quotations because most mental illness is being chemically induced via these so called medications we refer to as antidepressants.) So until we have more evidence I would say that once again the indications are this is yet another senseless tragedy caused by these very deadly drugs.


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.


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:


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!

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one 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) (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)

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