An Absolute Classic Antidepressant Case:

There are just FAR TOO MANY of these cases to find the time to share them all with you. It is all I can do to save the cases until there is enough help to get them all posted in our database of cases at www.SSRIstories.NET. But as I can find the time to post them here or on our Facebook groups I will.
Baby Armani’s story is absolutely classic and the same scenario I have heard repeated daily for 30 years! If you can find a way to pull up the September, 1997 show I did with Geraldo called “Diet Pill Disaster” all about the diet pills Fen-Phen and Redux, which were pulled from the market that month, and their chemical cousins, the SSRI antidepressants, you will find a very similar story out of a small town in Kansas.
I got a call from my close friend, Doris, from Germany, who married an American and moved to Kansas. She had just finished reading my book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?,  I had sent her a copy of. Her first words were, “We have just had one of your cases here in my small hometown. One of the nicest guys in town has just attacked his family and killed himself.”
His wife describes her husband on Zoloft only 5 days, who while watching television with her, suddenly swung his hand across her waist as his head went back and his eyes rolled back in his head. Thinking he had fallen asleep during the show and was lashing out in his sleep as he had been doing since starting the drug, she attempted to wake him. Then she realized she was bleeding and he had just stabbed her!
She immediately ran upstairs to protect their children who were both in their own rooms. He followed her up the stairs and stabbed both of their children. But his wife had jumped out the son’s two story bedroom window so she could throw a large rock through their front window to draw her husband outside away from the children. It worked. But after chasing her in the pitch black darkness he stopped and went back in the house and shot himself.
She and the children survived their wounds, but the first thing they were offered in the hospital after emergency care was Prozac. They adamantly refused and I will let you guess what the wife told them they could do with that Prozac!
Baby Armani & His Family’s Nightmare
Now back to baby Armani and his family’s nightmare in San Antonio early this month. These drugs must be very popular among the doctors in San Antonio because they have so many terrible cases like this there. Sutherland Springs, where the mass church shooting left 27 dead in the worst mass Church shooting ever, is only half and hour away. I will let you go to our database of cases to look up the rest of the cases there we have been able to get posted.
Her boyfriend was stressed at work Friday after working 6 days a week and called to have her pick him up early. At 2 that morning things were still ‘off’ with Lance Tello…
“In Tello’s bedroom later that night, the mom made a plea for her boyfriend to let her know what was going on.

“And I’m talking to him and telling him, ‘I’m sorry you’re feeling like this, but can you just talk to me?'” But he refused.

Delacruz said that Tello stood up and looked at himself in the mirror before reaching under the mattress and pulling out a gun.

“He has no emotion in his face,” she recalled about that terrifying moment. “He’s just looking at me with this evil look.”

Tello turned from the mirror, cocked his gun, and pointed it at her.

“You’re not going to shoot my baby,” she told him. But before she could push him away, the gun went off…

“Then I turn around and I see my son,” she continued. “My son is on the floor and he’s turning blue.”

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Both of these cases are classic antidepressant-induced REM Sleep Disorder  (RBD) cases which I discuss extensively in my book on these drugs. It was not until a 2003 New York Times article that I learned of Dr. Carlos Schenck’s work in documenting the link we had discussed in 1992 between the SSRI antidepressants and RBD which I was seeing so often in these cases.  I learned in the article that Dr.  Schenck  had gone back through his records and found that about 45% of the patients his sleep disorder clinic had diagnosed with RBD were on antidepressants.

Those results were high enough that he felt they should investigate that link further and launched a study to address the link directly. What they found in the study  was an astounding 86% of the patients diagnosed with this most deadly of sleep disorders where you act out nightmares in a sleep state were taking antidepressants (80% on SSRIs & 6% on the tricyclic antidepressants)!

This should not only be a Black Box Warning on these drugs but should also be headline news worldwide! And yet it has now been over a quarter of a century since I first sounded the warning in my book about this most deadly side effect and testified to the FDA about it in 2004. All while we still wait for any warning to patients or an unsuspecting public who could be put in danger at any time like these two families have been!

And we still wait for research to be done on how often this is found in abrupt or rapid withdrawal from these drugs since it has LONG been known as an a drug withdrawal state! If Dr. Schenck found 86% of the cases involve those taking an antidepressant, just how high can it be expected in withdrawal from these drugs? The question the whole world deserves an answer to!!!

Our Facebook page on REM Sleep Disorder: https://www.facebook.com/groups/106704639660883/

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09/21/1999 – Prozac Found at Wedgwood Baptist Killer’s House

This just released today.

Prozac found at Wedgwood Baptist killer’s house
By Kathy Sanders
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH — A doctor had prescribed the anti- depressant drug Prozac
for Larry Gene Ashbrook, but investigators are unsure whether he had
been taking it when he killed seven people and then himself in a
southwest Fort Worth church last week, police said yesterday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/doc/1047/1:TOPSTORY/1:TOPSTORY092199.html

Star-Telegram

By Kathy Sanders,  Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Updated: Tuesday, Sep. 21, 1999 at 08:16 CDT

FORT WORTH — A doctor had prescribed the anti-depressant drug Prozac for Larry Gene Ashbrookbut investigators are unsure whether he had been taking it when he killed seven people and then himself in a southwest Fort Worth church last week, police said yesterday.

Fort Worth police Lt. Mark Krey, who is heading the investigation into the largest mass shooting in the city’s history, said police found a Prozac vial with Ashbrook’s name and want to ask doctors why it was prescribed.

Krey said Ashbrook, 47, may have slipped into insanity after his 85-year-old father died in July.

“The level of paranoia within his life had advanced to an extreme stage,”  Krey said. “We’re investigating the possibility that with the death of his father, Mr. Ashbrook stopped taking medication. We believe when he lost his  father, who was his anchor to reality and his caretaker to ensure he took  his medication, he lost any connection to reality.”

Also yesterday, police said a homemade pipe bomb exploded in Wedgwood Baptist Church with enough force that it sent a piece of shrapnel hurtling the sanctuary.

But rather than blasting out into a sanctuary where more than 150 worshippers were taking part in a youth service, most of the shrapnel shot toward the ceiling and then rained down. No one was seriously injured by the shrapnel.

“We are very blessed in the manner in which it detonated … or it would have caused serious bodily injury,” Krey said.

Prozac is commonly used to treat various forms of clinical depression, including depression in children, as well as bulimia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dr. Peter Kowlaski, a psychiatrist in private practice in Fort Worth and former medical director for Mental Health- Mental Retardation Services of Tarrant County, said the medical community generally views Prozac as a good anti- depressant that does not contribute to, or prevent, violent behavior.

“The person who is ill will sometimes act out violently, but most people with psychiatric illnesses are not likely to act violently,” he said. “Those who do most often do evil independent of their psychiatric conditions.”

Police found the Prozac bottle in Ashbrook’s Forest Hill home. FBI officials said they also found nine vials of prescription drugs for Jack Ashbrook, who died after a battle with cancer, as well as a diary in which the father documented his medication, said spokeswoman Marjorie Poch.

“The writing changed in the last couple of weeks of the diary. It’s only speculation, but he [Larry Ashbrook] may have started taking his father’s medication,” she said. “Either that or he started recording when his father took the pills for him.”

On Wednesday night, Ashbrook walked into the Wedgwood church, where a youth  rally was under way, and began shooting people, police said.

Killed were Kristi Beckel, 14; Shawn Brown, 23; Susan Kimberly Jones, 23;  Cassandra Griffin, 14; Joseph “Joey” Ennis, 14; Sydney Browning, 36; and  Justin Ray, 17. Seven others were injured.

The final three victims were laid to rest yesterday, but Ashbrook’s body remained unclaimed at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Aaron Ashbrook, his brother, said the family is completing funeral arrangements, but declined to comment further.

“I think there probably has been more said than there needs to be, and a lot  of it’s untrue,” he said.

He declined to elaborate.

“It wouldn’t make any difference,” he said. “I think the damage has already been done.”

Investigators sorted information yesterday from nearly 70 depositions taken from people the night of the shooting, reinterviewed the wounded and tried to trace Ashbrook’s final, fatal steps.

“Investigators are going through a number of depositions to determine the  exact sequence of events,” said homicide Sgt. Dave Loftis. “We want to know, first of all, specifically what happened and how everything went down that day.”

But the answer to the most- asked questions — what set Ashbrook off and why did he choose Wedgwood — may never come.

“I don’t have any motive right now,” Loftis said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever have an answer to those questions. If we can, we certainly will get them. It’s like any of those senseless acts of violence — there aren’t any answers. And can any motive explain it and make sense of it?”

In his writings, Larry Ashbrook details a vast, unspecified conspiracy against him by law enforcement agencies and others. His brother described him to Wise County sheriff’s deputies as a paranoid schizophrenic.  But the  state mental health system said last week that it had no record of any contact with Ashbrook.

Krey said Ashbrook apparently was such a loner that few people have been found to help explain his activities.

“I believe we won’t find anybody because there is nobody to find. And that is consistent with the mental illness he appeared to be afflicted with,” he said.

Inside the church, Ashbrook fired all six rounds from a .380- caliber semiautomatic handgun, and then fired up to 50 more shots from a Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, officials said.

Six of the seven people who died were killed by gunshot wounds in the head, autopsy reports show. The seventh was shot in the back.

Ashbrook shot himself with the Ruger, police said. He was apparently alive in a back pew when paramedics rushed into the sanctuary, but was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

Justin Ray and a woman videotaped Ashbrook’s rampage, police said.  Officials in Forest Hill said Ashbrook may also have made a futile effort to contaminate the city’s water system.

“He put concrete in the commodes and, working for the city, I wanted to make sure he didn’t do something else,” Public Works Director Michael Duehring
said.

“I wanted to make sure he did not contaminate our water system. I can’t go any further than that and tell you what he did, but he didn’t do any damage.”

FBI officials inspected plumbing in Ashbrook’s home Thursday but did not consider the threat serious, Poch said.

“The agent said it looked like he was just trying to mess up the inside of the house,” she said. “The agent who was out there said he had ripped off the shower head and neck and put one of those paper cones and a quart of motor oil to back down into the pipes. He said it was stuck in there still.”

Staff writers Bob Mahlburg and Carolyn Poirot contributed to this report.

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