The EyeOpener Report- Medicated to Death: SSRIs & Mass Killings

SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, and it is a class of drugs that is often used to treat depression and anxiety. It includes Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil and a host of other commonly prescribed antidepressants. And the perpetrators of a raft of school shootings, mass murders and other violent incidents in recent years have been taking them.

Find out more about the correlation between SSRIs and mass murder in this week's edition of the EyeOpener Report with James Corbett.

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  1. Great podcast and so needed. I would like to mention that killings and suicides are not the only adverse effects these drugs have. I was prescribed prozac to “help quit smoking” if you can believe that. I noticed that they made me mildly manic and much more agressive. I am nomally very passive. My family noticed this effect but said “we like you better this way”. I feel in looking back that prozac played a big role in the breakup of my marriage (to go into details would be too long). When I decided to get off prozac I became suicidal for the first time in my life. My sister happened to come over and I was crying and telling her I did not want to live anymore. What I didn’t tell her was that I had been making mental plans for suicide. She asked me if I was still on Prozac and when I told her no she got me to restart them. After that I began a protracted cutting down period and finally stopped the med. I can see how these drugs can cause violence. When a person is on them it is difficult for them to see the changes as they are living them (if that makes sense).

    • Makes total sense, Judith. Thanks for sharing your story. I tried some dual use antidepressant pill for smoking cessation too (they told me a much lower dose), but I had strange dreams and stopped after a week.

      I’m going to add a link to some research showing SSRI having the s a me efficacy as a placebo, when I have a minute to look for it again. A Harvard doctor researching placebos found this by accident, apparently.

  2. I had an SSRI experience that made me seriously question their safety. I was getting off them and ended up tapering too fast. I felt a burst of happiness and cut the taper altogether. 3-4 days followed of immense euphoria and hypomania. For the most part (aside from embarassment in hindsight) it was a positive experience, and I never had corresponding crash.

    But I will say this, the experience was POWERFUL… I can definitely imagine people having similarly powerful reactions in a negative direction that lead to violence.

  3. avatar chris bagg says:

    Just in case readers are left with the impression that SSRIs are behind the decade long spate of school shootings, I ask you if they sufficiently explain the official misconduct in the Columbine school shootings. Here is the evidence: Why didn’t the police apprehend and prosecute the 3-5 other members of the ‘trench coat mafia’ recognized by dozens of classmates as shooters?

  4. avatar Marc Doggett says:

    Cars don’t kill, *drunk* DRIVERS kill. Guns don’t kill, *drugged* PEOPLE kill.
    Intelligent people “get it” most of the time but some folks never “get it.”

  5. avatar Agha Reza Ali Khan says:

    Depression is poorly understood.

    The monoamine theory of depression underlies the rationale behind the use of SSRIs and other medication, but the evidence behind monoamines being globally too low in depressed people is incomplete or even contradictory.

    It’s only an abstract from medline

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