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Index of Antidepressant Induced Suicide and Violence

Posted by wordforit on April 9, 2008

Who knew there were so many prescription drug related crimes? Not long ago, I posted “Medicated Child/Silent Insanity“, with extensive information and links, in an effort to alert others about the exorbitant use of psychiatric medications, especially in the United States, leading at an 80% worldwide consumption. 

 

I certainly do not want to offfend others, or seem unsympathetic but we really need to get a handle on ourselves! I am not speaking solely from what I have learned in the years of studying this phenomenon from varied sources. My concern is borne of experience, and one reason why I am so certain that God can and will help those who trust Him.  

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Exceprt from SSRI Stories home page:

 

“This website is a collection of 2200+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals)  or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned.  

 

Antidepressants have been recognized as potential inducers of mania and psychosis since their introduction in the 1950s. Klein and Fink1 described psychosis as an adverse effect of the older tricyclic antidepressant imipramine. Since the introduction of Prozac in December, 1987, there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking antidepressants. Preda and Bowers2 reported that over 200,000 people a year enter a hospital with antidepressant-associated mania and/or psychosis. The subsequent harm from this prescribing can be seen in these 2200+ stories.

 

This web site focuses on the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac was the first. Other SSRIs are Zoloft, Paxil  (Seroxat), Celexa, Sarafem (Prozac in a pink pill), Lexapro, and Luvox.  Other newer antidepressants included in this list are Remeron, Anafranil and the SNRIs Effexor, Serzone and Cymbalta as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin (also marketed as Zyban).

 

. . . There is a grave concern among advocates that adverse reactions are greatly underestimated by the public, the medical profession and the regulatory authorities. Each of these stories in our list can be interpreted as an adverse reaction and in most cases we have highlighted the portion of the article that refers to evidence of bizarre behavioral change consistent with drug reaction. In some stories causation is acknowledged and the juxtaposition of these stories with those where it goes unrecognized as well as the repetition of themes and circumstances is chilling. If indeed medications played a significant role in all these tragedies, then this is a public health problem of epidemic proportions on a global scale.”

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Silent Insanity

Posted by wordforit on January 13, 2008

True, yet humorously written and augments “The Medicated Child” quite well!

Please read the entire article! (all links set to new windows)

As Always, May God Have Mercy.

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The Future Is HERE

by Matthew Robare

The background of THX reminded me of something I had read – something real: Karen De Coster’s posts about the “Freedom Commission on Mental Health” and Teen Screen. Teen Screen is a program established by the Commission to identify mental health problems in children attending public schools and then provide them with the medications necessary to combat them at public expense, saving the innocent children from a lifetime of misery; all because of the benevolence of the State and Big Pharma. At least, that’s the program’s purpose (even if not explicitly stated as such).

In reality, the program is creating a crisis that does not exist and providing a solution that is not needed, damning the children to a lifetime of bureaucratic Hell and dependency on State-administered medication – I know people who must take Ritalin and similar drugs just to concentrate when studying or doing homework. Unfortunately, the Teen Screen website does not have the questionnaires; moreover the website does not even make any mention of the Freedom Commission and seems mostly concerned with suicide risks.

But the website teenscreentruth.com has testing transcripts and examples of how Teen Screen violates federal law and perfectly healthy children get caught up in the gears of the Machine. For instance, refusing to answer certain questions on the questionnaire is regarded as a positive screen. Using lack of evidence as evidence is of course illogical and unscientific in the extreme, although the method has been used in psychiatry since Freud founded the “science.” More disturbing is the fact that of the questions, about half of them concern behavior that every teen-ager experiences.

Once the high probability of a mental illness or disorder is established through the rigged test the nightmare begins. First the “patient” is given (at government expense) psychiatric evaluation where the quack diagnoses them with one of the “disorders” from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a list of “mental illnesses” created by the American Psychiatric Association. Some of the “disorders” include Disorder of Written Expression (poor handwriting), Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder (jet lag), Breathing Related Sleep Disorder (snoring), Chronic Tax Anxiety Disorder (anxiety over filing tax returns), Lottery Stress Disorder (feelings of hopelessness when one doesn’t win the lottery), and my personal favorite: Developmental Arithmetic Disorder (dislike of doing homework).

Yes, according to the APA, everyone in America suffers from a mental illness or disorder and the only solution is to medicate everyone on all-purpose drugs to keep us happy and obedient and reduce us to peonage to pay for it all. With all of these “mental disorders” going around that can be “diagnosed” with a written test and computer test it would not be surprising if Big Pharma lobbied Congress to create programs similar to Teen Screen but for college students, the military, business, and bureaucracy. After all, we cannot have the future leaders of American science, industry, and government succumb to debilitating mental illness; nor can we truly be safe from terrorists if our troops suffer from them either. Perhaps one day in the future, a psychiatrist will identify Chronic Archophobia Disorder – the constant predilection of many people to dissent from the rulers – and we can all be medicated for that silent insanity

Matthew M. Robare [send him mail] is a freshman at the University of Massachsetts-Amherst where he majors in physics and writes for the Daily Collegian.

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The Medicated Child:Documentary~Video/Text

Posted by wordforit on January 13, 2008

Below is access to an outstanding documentary from PBS regarding the amounts of meds being freely prescribed for and ingested by our children. I watched Tuesday night then looked for it on their site and found the online information to be much more extensive, enlightening and Frightening than expected!

If you think you don’t have a stake in this, please consider how many children you know or have known and the heinous crimes committed that are becoming so much more prevalent by the young (and younger). Then, think about how often you hear, ” The perpetrator was being treated for XXX, and was taking the prescription drug XXX.” If you’re breathing, you’re affected by this growing occurrence. 

Being one who believes God granted ability and knowledge, I do not dismiss science and/or medicine, but I am dubious of volunteering children as test subjects for psychiatric drugs, even though children and adults respond differently. I do not pretend to have all the answers; I strive only to heighten awareness.

Undoubtedly, it will be considered simplistic by some, but I believe many times we are trying to fill a spiritual void with synthetic solutions while the the entire world is inherently “Wrestling Against Principalites“. Speaking from experience…

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Synopsis:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/etc/synopsis.html   

In recent years, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders and prescribed medications that are just beginning to be tested in children. The drugs can cause serious side effects, and virtually nothing is known about their long-term impact. “It’s really to some extent an experiment, trying medications in these children of this age,” child psychiatrist Dr. Patrick Bacon tells FRONTLINE. “It’s a gamble. And I tell parents there’s no way to know what’s going to work.”

In The Medicated Child, FRONTLINE producer Marcela Gaviria confronts psychiatrists, researchers and government regulators about the risks, benefits and many questions surrounding prescription drugs for troubled children. The biggest current controversy surrounds the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Formerly called manic depression, bipolar disorder was long believed to exist only in adults. But in the mid-1990s, bipolar in children began to be diagnosed at much higher rates, sometimes in kids as young as 4 years old. “The rates of bipolar diagnoses in children have increased markedly in many communities over the last five to seven years,” says Dr. Steven Hyman, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health. “I think the real question is, are those diagnoses right? And in truth, I don’t think we yet know the answer.”

Like many of the 1 million children now diagnosed with bipolar, 5-year-old Jacob Solomon was initially believed to suffer from an attention deficit disorder. His parents reluctantly started him on Ritalin, but over the next five years, Jacob would be put on one drug after another. “It all started to feel out of control,” Jacob’s father, Ron, told FRONTLINE. “Nobody ever said we can work with this through therapy and things like that. Everywhere we looked it was, ‘Take meds, take meds, take meds.'”

Over the years, Jacob’s multiple medications have helped improve his mood, but they’ve also left him with a severe tic in his neck which doctors are having trouble fully explaining. “We’re dealing with developing minds and brains, and medications have a whole different impact in the young developing child than they do in an adult,” says Dr. Marianne Wamboldt, the chief of psychiatry at Denver Children’s Hospital. “We don’t understand that impact very well. That’s where we’re still in the Dark Ages.”

DJ Koontz was diagnosed with bipolar at 4 years old, after his temper tantrums became more frequent and explosive. He was recently prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs. “It is a little worrisome to me because he is so young,” says DJ’s mother, Christine. “If he didn’t take it, though, I don’t know if we could function as a family. It’s almost a do-or-die situation over here.” DJ’s medicines seem to be helping him in the short run, but the longer-term outlook is still uncertain. “What’s not really clear is whether many of the kids who are called bipolar have anything that’s related to this very well-studied disorder in adults,” says Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health. “It’s not clear that people with that adult illness started with what we’re now calling bipolar in children. Nor is it clear that the kids who have this disorder are going to grow up to have what we used to call manic-depressive illness in adulthood.”

While some urge caution when it comes to bipolar in children, FRONTLINE talks with others who argue that we should intervene with drug treatments at even younger ages for children genetically predisposed to the disorder. “The theory is that if you get in early, before the first full mood episode, then perhaps we can delay the onset to full mania,” says Dr. Kiki Chang of Stanford University. “And if that’s the case, perhaps finding the right medication early on can protect a brain so that these children never do progress to full bipolar disorder.”

Home: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/  

Site Map: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/etc/sitemap.html FAQs: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/faqs/

A Parents’ Guide/Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/medicatedchild/parents/

Updates/Five Video chapters: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/medicating/

Opponents and Backlash: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/medicating/backlash/

Readings: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/medicating/readings/

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