SSRIs & Antidepressants Increase Suicidality and Mental Health Issues

SSRI AntidepressantsCatherine J. Frompovich, Guest
Waking Times

Something of pharmaceutical concern that the holistic/alternative medical community and the alternative press have been alleging for numerous years now, finally is being confirmed by a British Medical Journal paper published January 27, 2016.

Professor Peter C Gotzsche, MD, and several students published “Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review and meta-analyses based on clinical study reports” after reviewing and including 76 trials with 64,381 pages of clinical study reports for 18,526 patients—certainly not a small sampling!

What the researchers concluded from their extensive retrospective study of pharmaceutical trials dealing with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) was that for children and adolescents, the risks for suicidality and aggression doubled. What are some of the pharmaceuticals involved? Antidepressants Prozac® and its knock off-type drugs: Celexa®, Lexapro®, Luvox®, Paxil®, and Zoloft®, plus Effexor®, Remeron®, Serzone®, and Wellbutrin®.

  • What the BMJ paper’s authors concluded brings to mind that in many of the mass shootings and horrible events that have occurred in the USA in recent years, several of the perpetrators were known to have been taking, had been taking, or getting off mood altering prescription drugs.

    Still, the BMJ paper states that

    It is widely believed that the risk of suicide is not increased in adults, and support for this was provided by a Food and Drug Administration meta-analysis of about 100 000 patients.

    However, that statistical analysis comes from FDA records. Personally, I have to question its authenticity since we know how much “the FDA is in bed with Big Pharma” to hawk Pharma’s products.

    Getting back to children on SSRIs committing crimes, here is some information that seems to corroborate such “coincidences”:

    Another Mass Shooting? Another Psychiatric Drug? Federal Investigation Long Overdue

    Every mass shooting over the last 20 years has one thing in common…and it’s not guns

    Study: Psychiatric Drugs Linked to Violent Crime

    Young people on antidepressant drugs more likely to commit violent crime

    Psych Meds Linked to 90% of School Shootings

    The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants

    Dr Peter R Breggin, MD, has this to say about the problem:

    As a psychiatrist and as a medical expert, I have examined dozens of cases of individuals who have committed suicide or violent crimes while under the influence of the newer antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox and Celexa. In June in South Carolina, Christopher Pittman will go on trial for shooting his grandparents to death while they slept. Chris was twelve when his family doctor started him on Zoloft.

    Three weeks later the doctor doubled his dose and one week later Chris committed the violent acts. In other cases, a fourteen-year-old girl on Prozac fired a pistol pointblank at a friend but the gun failed to go off, and a teenage boy on Zoloft beat to death an elderly woman who complained to him about his loud music. A greater number of cases involve adults who lost control of themselves while taking antidepressants. In at least two cases judges have found individuals not guilty on the basis of involuntary intoxication with psychiatric drugs and other cases have resulted in reduced charges, lesser convictions, or shortened sentences. [1]

    Some of the findings cited in the BMJ paper include reports and statistics on:

    • Aggressive behavior
    • Akathisia, which is a state of agitation, distress and restlessness that can be a side effect of antipsychotic and antidepressant prescription drugs
    • Suicidality, the likelihood of someone committing suicide
    • Suicidal ideation, suicidal thoughts or preoccupation with thoughts about suicide
    • Suicides and suicide attempts

    In the Conclusion section of the BMJ report we find some disturbing admissions, I think:

    We believe our study shows that, despite using clinical study reports, the true risk for serious harms is still uncertain. The low incidence of these rare events and the poor design and reporting of the trials makes it difficult to get accurate effect estimates.

    GlaxoSmithKline issued a letter to doctors advising them of the increased harm to young adults and for adults of all ages with depression, the frequency of suicidal behavior was higher in patients taking paroxetine [Aropax®, Brisdelle®, Deroxat®, Paraxyl®, Paroxat®, Paxetin®, Paxtine®, Paxil®, Pexeva® Sereupin® and Seroxat® (2)] when compared with placebo.

    Therefore we [the BMJ paper authors] suggest minimal use of antidepressants in children, adolescents, and young adults, as the serious harms seem to be greater, and as their effect seems to be below what is clinically relevant.

    The question that I present is, “How many physicians will take seriously this new BMJ paper, since many, if not most, don’t bother to read the journals?” for if they did, they’d realize the dangers of vaccine ingredients. It seems medical doctors would rather believe the pharmaceutical hucksters (reps) who plop down samples on their desk and exhort them to prescribe, prescribe, and prescribe.

    Parents must become over-vigilant to what medical doctors are prescribing for their children, especially those whose behavioral problems may stem from, or be an adverse reaction to, toxic ingredients in vaccines.

    The authors of the BMJ paper suggest alternative treatments such as exercise and psychotherapy. My suggestion would be to find a holistically-inclined medical doctor who will treat your children or you with non-toxic SSRIs before having to resort to them, since there are many vitamin and mineral deficiencies that occur in the human body that exacerbate mental health issues. Most of the chemicals found in food and water only intensify those problems for individuals with fragile mental health leanings, I offer. Fast food, junk food diets, sodas and snacks replete with GMOs in everything, certainly do not contribute to a healthful wellbeing or sound mental health.



    About the Author

    Catherine J. Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

    Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

    Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

    Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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