In depressed patients, it has been observed that the period of greatest risk of suicide is when antidepressants seem to be working. In fact, suicide in depressed patients was much less common before drug treatments began being used.
Antidepressant expert Dr. David Healy writes, “Rooms full of data pointed to the fact that the Prozac drug group (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) could trigger suicide and violence, and that companies producing these drugs knew of the problem.”
Since the approval of SSRI medications as antidepressants in 1987, a number of studies have found that depressed patients on SSRI medications are two to three times more likely to attempt or actually commit suicide than those either on no medication or on other antidepressants. (Fortunately, there are many natural, effective methods to treat depression. For more information, read my report "Overcome Depression and Its Deadly Effects.")
Suicide in adolescents on these medications is six times higher than those on other medications. In addition, violent suicides are most closely linked to SSRI-induced suicides.
These medications are also associated with increased rates of violence and thoughts of homicide, especially in adolescents and small children.
In many ways, the psychological effects of SSRI medications resemble a chemical-induced
psychopathy. The violent psychopath lacks empathy, lies implicitly, is impulsive, and plans their crimes carefully — unlike those with simple impulse-control problems.
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