Written by Dr. Dan Yachter

If you went to your favorite restaurant and ordered a meal and the waiter/waitress warned you that what you were about to eat “might” cause:

  • Manic reaction (kleptomania, pyromania, dipsomania, nymphomania)
  • Hypomania (poor judgment, over spending, impulsivity, etc.)
  • Abnormal thinking
  • Hallucinations
  • Personality disorder
  • Amnesia
  • Agitation
  • Psychosis
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Alcohol abuse and/or craving
  • Hostility and possible homicidal rage
  • Paranoid reactions
  • Confusion
  • Delusions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Akathisia (severe internal restlessness that can lead to suicide)
  • Withdrawal syndrome
  • Impulsivity

Would you still order the meal?

Yet, according to the Physicians’ Desk Reference which is “the most trusted and commonly used drug information reference for physicians,” the entire class of SSRI drugs, including Prozac, Luvox, and Paxil, has been shown to cause the adverse reactions listed above in a statistically notable percentage of those who take them. Are patients verbally warned about these adverse reactions in a way they can understand?  Most likely not!

Should we continue to bathe the brains of people who have mental health issues with chemicals that can fuel unspeakable behavior in some (not all, but it only takes one)?  The animal who shot 20 innocent children and six adults should have received help long before he reached adulthood.  Many articles point to the fact that he had mental health “issues” at a very young age. Years prior, a babysitter was warned by his mother “don’t turn your back on him” – a red flag to be sure!  He was labeled “odd” and withdrawn – nothing more. Time will tell if he was taking mind-altering drugs.  He probably was. That’s usually what mental health practitioners resort to when someone is labeled “odd”.   “Just give him another pill – he’ll be fine!”

It’s time to place blame where it truly belongs – Big Pharma and the powerful drug lobbies in Washington!  How many more innocent lives must be taken by barbaric gunmen fueled by altered brain chemistry from legal drugs? Instead of getting to the root cause of mental health problems, the medical community simply writes a prescription.  A mentally deranged mass murderer is not homicidal because he’s lacking Prozac or some other drug.  He’s homicidal because he’s taking mind-altering drugs for an illness no one knows anything about – it’s that simple.  You won’t hear that on your evening news.

In 1972, laws were passed to protect the mentally ill. No longer can a family have a mentally ill family member hospitalized for diagnosis and treatment. No matter how mentally ill a person is, they can refuse treatment.  Instead, we now have the Baker Act allowing mental health facilities or hospitals to hold someone 72 hours if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others. Once cleared, by law they have to be discharged. No doubt they are released on medication.  And the vicious circle continues…