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Psychology Today: Newtown Shootings a Caution About Violence and SSRIs


Newtown Shootings: A Caution About Violence and SSRIs: SSRIs rank high in the top ten drugs that cause violence

Published on December 20, 2012 by Lennard J. Davis in Obsessively Yours

As the debate moves forward about how to keep events like the shooting in Newtown from happening, the inevitable topic that comes up is how to best detect and treat young people with mental illness.

Many of our politicians have opined on this subject, sometimes as a way of deflecting from the issue of gun control. While it is obvious that better screening and treatment of troubled adolescents can be of enormous benefit, we also have to exercise caution.

The reason for the note of caution is that when a typical young person is diagnosed with depression and/or a host of anti-social conditions, the standard treatment offered is SSRI’s [Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors] also known as Prozac-like drugs. There has recently been a great deal of debate about the effectiveness of such medications.

But more relevant to the discussion, is that these very drugs we hope can treat mental illness are at the same time drugs that cause violent behavior including suicide and aggression toward others. In fact, SSRI’s are the leading drugs in a recent list compiled of the Top Ten Drugs that cause violent behavior....READ MORE http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201212...

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Good find...

It would be nice to see some honest coverage on SSRI's and violence in the MPM.

While we are off arguing about whether Sandy Hook

was all actors, Big Pharma is getting away. What's the bet Big Pharma is behind the red herrings?

Release the Sandy Hook video.