Monday, July 09, 2007

Suicide & Death can Lurk In Each SSRI Pill.

Suicide & Death Can Lurk
In Each SSRI Pill
By Ann Blake Tracy, PhD

I am Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, head of the International Coalition for Drug
Awareness. I am the author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our
Serotonin Nightmare and have testified in court cases involving
antidepressants for 12 1/2 years. The last 15 years of my life have been
devoted full time to researching and writing about SSRI antidepressants.

Research on serotonin has been clear from the very beginning that the
most damaging thing that could be done to the serotonin system would be
to impair one's ability to metabolize serotonin. Yet that is exactly how
SSRI antidepressants exert their effects.

For decades research has shown that impairing serotonin metabolism will
produce migraines, hot flashes, pains around the heart, difficulty
breathing, a worsening of bronchial complaints, tension and anxiety
which appear from out of nowhere, depression, suicide - especially very
violent suicide, hostility, violent crime, arson, substance abuse,
psychosis, mania, organic brain disease, autism, anorexia, reckless
driving, Alzheimer's, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment,
and argumentative behavior.

How anyone ever thought it would be "therapeutic" to chemically induce
these reactions is beyond me. Yet, these reactions are exactly what we
have witnessed in our society over the past decade and a half as a
result of the widespread use of these drugs.

In fact we even have a whole new vocabulary as a result with terms such
as "road rage," "suicide by cop," "murder/suicide," "going postal,"
"false memory syndrome," "school shooting," "bi-polar" - every third
person you meet anymore - along with the skyrocketing rates of
antidepressant-induced diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Can you remember two decades ago when depressed people used to slip away
quietly to kill themselves rather than killing everyone around them and
then themselves as they do while taking SSRI antidepressants?

A study out of the University of Southern California in 1996 looked at a
group of mutant mice in an experiment that had gone terribly wrong.
These genetically engineered mice were the most violent creatures they
had ever witnessed. They were born lacking the MAO-A enzyme which
metabolizes serotonin. As a result their brains were awash in serotonin.
This excess serotonin is what the researchers determined was the cause
for this extreme violence. Antidepressants produce the same end result
as they inhibit the metabolism of serotonin.

These are extremely dangerous drugs that should be banned as similar
drugs have been banned in the past.

As a society we once thought LSD and PCP to be miracle medications with
large margins of safety in humans. We have never seen drugs so similar
to LSD and PCP as these SSRI antidepressants. All of these drugs produce
dreaming during periods of wakefulness. It is believed that the high
serotonin levels over stimulate the brain stem leading to a lack of
muscle paralysis during sleep thus allowing the patient to act out the
dreams or nightmares they are having. The world witnessed that clearly
in the Zoloft-induced murder-suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his
wife, Brynn.

Connecticut witnessed the Prozac-induced case of Kelly Silk several
years ago. This young mother attacked her family with a knife, then set
the house on fire killing all but her 8 year old daughter who ran to the
neighbors. As she stood bleeding and screaming for help she explained,
"Help! My mommy is having a nightmare!"

Out of the mouths of babes we will understand these nightmares for what
they are. She understood that this was something her mother would do
ONLY in a nightmare, never in reality.

This is known as a REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. In the past it was known
mainly as a drug withdrawal state, but the largest sleep facility in the
country has reported that 86% of the cases they are diagnosing are
patients on antidepressants.

Because this was known in the past as a condition manifesting mainly in
drug withdrawal you should see how dangerous the withdrawal state from
these drugs will prove to be. That is why it is so critical to make sure
patients are weaned EXTREMELY slowly so as to avoid ANY chance of going
into a withdrawal state

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Anonymous said...

Hi Doctor,

Very nice topic. I am also on SSRIs for almost an year now. I was GAD patient. I am not 100% cured but i want to quit this medicine now. Is there any way i can not have withdrawal effects? I will appreciate your response.

Psychdata said...

Withdrawing from these SSRIs can be extremely challenging.

Label Me Sane has some information:

Also, CCHR has information on SSRIs and may provide more information on withdrawing:

(I am not the Doctor who wrote this article. I believe she can be reached at