Psychiatric Medications link to Physical Violence – scientific study confirms

Paper Links Psychiatric Medications with Physical Violence

by Bruce Boyers

A recent research paper, citing data from some 176 different scientific sources, has found that drugs that target the brain have effects that are “not always intended.” These effects can be as severe as homicide and suicidal tendencies.

The paper focused on the way drugs are absorbed in the body, and how this process can be affected by genetic factors. Individual reaction to drugs can vary based on an individual’s genetics. Genetic variations can result in adverse reactions such as akathisia (the inability to sit still because of uncontrollable movement caused by reaction to drugs). If not recognized for what it is, akathisia may be mistaken for a new mental illness, and treated with further medications. Akathisia often precedes violence, suicidal tendencies, homicide, mania and psychosis.

schoolshooters1Specifically regarding antidepressants prescribed for depression and anxiety, the paper found that patients with no history of violence may commit violence after being medicated. The authors point out that pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly repeatedly denied that suicidality and violence were side effects of its antidepressant Prozac, yet has paid out tens of millions of dollars to survivors and victims of suicide and murder.

Other side effects from antidepressants include hysteria, impulse control difficulties, paranoid reaction, psychotic depression, mania or euphoria, hallucinations, aggression and delirium. Any of these reactions can contribute to suicidal or homicidal behavior.

Similarly, patients with more severe forms of mental distress such as the psychiatric designations of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, treated with antipsychotic medication, can also become violent when there is no history of violence prior to medication.

The paper concludes that many of the side effects of psychiatric medications are not broadly understood as medication-caused. These side effects can then be diagnosed as new symptoms of mental illness. It was stated that side effects need to be fully and broadly recognized as such, and that they are a cause of violence in patients. The paper stated, “Increased pharmacological awareness of medication/drug toxicities within general and psychiatric training and practice by all health and social care practitioners would play a big part in reducing violence and dependence upon the mental health and welfare benefits system.”

The paper also concluded that with the increased use of psychiatric medication, it is reasonable to expect an increased amount of violent behavior from those being treated.

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