School Shootings Linked to Pharmaceutical Drugs

School Shootings Linked to Pharmaceutical Drugs

In the wake of the latest terrifying school shooting in Newtown Connecticut, The Washington Post reported that 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, killer of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Connecticut was on pharmaceutical drugs.

This has yet to be confirmed. However, it's important to note that almost every incidence of violence in schools in the past 25 years has been connected to pharmaceutical drugs.

In Arianna Huffington’s syndicated newspaper column dated July 9, 1998, Dr. Peter Breggin, psychiatrist and author ([easyazon-link asin=”0738210986″ locale=”us”]Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications[/easyazon-link]) states, “I have no doubt that Prozac can cause or contribute to violence and suicide. I’ve seen many cases. In a recent clinical trial, 6% of the children became psychotic on Prozac. And manic psychosis can lead to violence.”


Are Pharmaceutical Drugs Responsible for the Dramatic Rise in Mental Illness?

It's true, correlation does not imply causation. However, there are some experts making the case that prescription drugs are actually making people sicker.

After the tragedy on Friday, I decided to reread [easyazon-link asin=”0307452425″ locale=”us”]Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America[/easyazon-link] by award-winning science and history writer, Robert Whitaker.

Whitaker asks: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades?

Whitaker points out that Prozac and other SSRIs, Ritalin and other stimulants, and bipolar and antipsychotic medications like Lithium are relatively new on the market. They were only introduced to the US around the 1950s. He asks the question, “Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them?”

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If you haven't read it, I highly recommend [easyazon-link asin=”0307452425″ locale=”us”]Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America[/easyazon-link]. He tells shocking stories about preschoolers being prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, about people who, on medication for decades, have lost their families and their lives.

I'll be doing a book review in the near future so check back.

School Shootings Linked to Pharmaceutical Drugs

Now, let's take a look at 55 cases of school violence in the past 25 years that were caused by patients being prescribed pscyhotropic drugs.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list. It's just the ones I found when I Googled it.

May 20, 1988
Winnetka, Illinois

30-year-old Laurie Dann walked into a second grade Hubbard Woods School classroom carrying three pistols and began shooting children, killing an eight-year-old boy, Nicholas Corwin, and wounding five others before fleeing. Dann was taking the powerful serotonergic antidepressant Anafranil (Clomipramine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

September 26, 1988
Greenwood, South Carolina

James Wilson, 19, went on a shooting spree in an elementary schoolyard, killing two 8 year olds, and wounding 7 other children and 2 teachers. He was taking Xanax and for the eight months prior to the shooting had been taking several psychiatric drugs.

September 17, 1992
Houston, Texas

Calvin Charles Bell entered Piney Point Elementary School and opened fire. Two officers suffered gun shot injuries. Bell was on antidepressants.

December 17, 1993
Chelsea, Michigan

Chelsea High School in teacher Steven Lieth walked out of a staff meeting and returned with a gun killing one and wounding another. Leith had been taking antidepressants prescribed by a psychiatrist.

October 12, 1995
Blackville, South Carolina

Toby Sincino walked into Blackville-Hilda High School, killed two teachers and then killed himself. He was taking the SSRI Zoloft.

February 2, 1996
Moses Lake, Washington

Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class. Loukaitis suffered from hyperactivity, and was taking Ritalin at the time of the shooting.

October 1, 1997
Pearl, Mississippi

Luke Woodham, 16, student at Pearl High School, killed 2 and wounded 7. Woodham was taking Prozac.

December 1, 1997
West Paducah, Kentucky

14-year-old Michael Carneal started firing a gun during a prayer meeting at a high school, killing 3 teens aged 14 to 17, and wounding 5 other students, including one who is paralyzed. Carneal was on Ritalin.

March 24, 1998
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Andrew Golden, 11, and cousin Mitchell Johnson, 13, went on a shooting spree at Westside Middle School in Arkansas, killing four students and one teacher. Nine students and a teacher were also wounded. Both boys were taking Ritalin.

April 9, 1998
Pocatello, Idaho

Student Mitchell Gushwa walked into ocatello School with a gun and held several staff and students hostage. He was on Zoloft.

May 1, 1998
Buffalo, New York

Thirty-seven-year-old Erie County deputy sheriff, Juan Roman pursued his estranged wife into their children's elementary school in Buffalo and shot her dead. He also shot an aide, but no children were hurt. He was taking antidepressants and seeing a psychiatrist.

May 21, 1998
Springfield, Oregon

Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home. Kinkel had been taking the antidepressant Prozac and amphetamine. Kinkel had been attending “anger control classes” and was under the care of a psychologist.

April 16, 1999
Notus, Idaho

15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a mix of SSRI antidepressants and Ritalin.

April 20, 1999
Littleton, Colorado

Fourteen students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23 others wounded at Columbine High School. This was the fourth-deadliest school killing in United States History (the second and third are directly related to antidepressants as well). Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves. Harris was on the antidepressants Luvox and Zoloft, and had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting. Both shooters had been in anger-management classes and had undergone counseling. The autopsy results for Dylan Klebold were not disclosed but it is thought he was sharing the medications with Harris.

April 28, 1999
Taber, Alberta, Canada

14-year-old student at W.R. Myers High School, Todd Cameron Smith, walked into his school and randomly shot at three students, killing one and injuring another. He had taken Dexadrine.

May 20, 1999
Conyers, Georgia

Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon, age 15. Solomon was being treated with the stimulant Ritalin.

Dec. 6, 1999
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

Four students at Fort Gibson Middle School wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. He was taking two psychotropic drugs.

January 10, 2001
Oxnard, California

17-year-old Richard Lopez fires shot before taking another student hostage. He is later shot and killed by police. Lopez was prescribed Prozac and Paxil.

February 2, 2001
Winterstown, PA

William Michael Stankewicz was taking four different medications to “stabilize” acute depression and anxiety and was treated for those problems two weeks before going to the North Hopewell-Winterstown Elementary School with a machete leaving three adults and 11 children injured.

March 7, 2001
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Catherine Bush, 14, wounded student Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School. She was on Paxil.

March 22, 2001
Granite Hills, California

One teacher and three students wounded by Jason Hoffman, 18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman. Jason Hoffman was taking the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor. He had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.

April 15, 2001
Mattawa, Washington

Sixteen-year-old Cory Baadsgaard, student at Wahluke High School, took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage. According to a student, “Cory was yelling and then he just stopped, looked down at the gun in his hand and woke up.” Fortunately, no one was hurt. Cory had no memory of the incident. 21 days before the event, he had been taken off Paxil and prescribed a high dose of the drug Effexor. Cory's father said “They always talk about how the kids who do these things are the ones who get picked on by the jocks and stuff, but Cory was a jock. He was on the varsity basketball team, played football and golf, and was very popular in school. “Cory sat in jail for 14 months before finally being released based on expert testimony by psychiatrists that his behavior was an adverse reaction to the drugs he was prescribed.”

June 9, 2001
Osaka, Japan

Thirty-seven-year-old Mamoru Takuma stabbed to death 8 Ikeda Elementary School students and injured 13 others. Takuma had taken 10 times his normal dosage of an antidepressant.

January 16, 2002
Grundy, Virginia

Peter Odighizuwa may have been having withdrawals from his medication for depression when he killed 3 including the Dean, a professor and a student at the Appalachian School of Law.

January, 2003
Elliot City, Maryland

Ryan T. Furlough, 19, killed a Centennial High School classmate by spiking his soda with cyanide. He was being treated with Effexor.

February 9, 2004
East Greenbush, New York

16-year-old Jon Romano opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano was on Paxil and had previously seen a psychiatrist.

June, 2004
Gloucester Township, NJ

A teenager at Highland High School carried loaded handguns to school. His thoughts of violence were linked to over-medication.

February 9, 2005
Red Lion, Pennsylvania

John Meisky, 16-year-old student at Red Lion Area Senior High School, attacked another student in class, inflicting a small cut on his neck. John was taking two prescription antidepressant medications.

March 21, 2005
Red Lake, Minnesota

Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived at school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead. Weise had previously spent about a year and a half in a residential juvenile treatment program and was on Prozac.

January 24, 2006
Cave City, Arkansas

A 15-year-old student at Cave City School attempted to commit suicide at school. He took 4 different antidepressants and slit his left wrist.

February, 2006
Memphis, Tennessee

Fifteen year-old Ladarious Guy, student at Memphis City High School, had just recently started taking Zoloft when he punched a teacher in the mouth. His mother says just one day before the incident happened she learned her son voiced concern about his medicine. “One of the teachers called Thursday to let me know he expressed to her that he believes his medication is making him angry and wants to fight.”

April 24, 2006
Hillsborough, NC

A student at East Chapel High School with a shotgun took a teacher and a fellow student hostage. At a hearing, teens father testified his son had stopped taking antidepressants and antipsychotic medication without telling his parents. Antidepressant withdrawal can cause mania and psychosis.

August 30, 2006
Hillsborough, North Carolina

Alvaro Castillo, 19, killed his father, then opened fire at Orange High School, wounding two students before surrendering to police. Celexa and other medications were found in his personal effects.

September 13, 2006
Montreal, Canada

Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at Dawson College. He killed one and injured 19 before killing himself. He was depressed and he was treated at a local health clinic where he likely received antidepressants.

September 27, 2006
Bailey, Colorado

Duane Morrison, Platte Canyon High School student, took 6 female students hostage, sexually assaulted them, then shot 16-year- old Emily Keyes in the back of the head before turning a gun on himself. Antidepressant medication was recovered from Morrison's Jeep.

September 29, 2006
Cazenovia, Wisconsin

Eric Hainstock, a student at Weston High School, killed one person. One of the items brought up in court was his ADHD diagnosis. It was never revealed but he was thought to be on Ritalin.

October 10, 2006
Charleston, South Carolina

Tyrell Glover, 19, took an air rifle to Burke High School where he planned to hold students hostage and be gunned down by police. He had been taking an antidepressant for several years but his mother took him off the drug when she saw the listed side effects in ads. However, Tyrell began taking Prozac again for approximately six months. Whether he was taking a psychiatric drug or withdrawing from it at the time of this hostage/suicide plan is yet to be confirmed.

December 4, 2006

Sixteen-year-old Travis Roberson attempted murder by slitting a classmate's throat at Jennings County High School. Teen missed doses of his antidepressant before the knife attack.

January 3, 2007
Tacoma, Washington

Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, shot fellow student Samnang Kok, 17, in the hallway of Henry Foss High School. Chanthabouly was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide. He had been on anti-psychotic medication.

April 16, 2007
Blacksburg, Virginia

A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom building. His suicide brought the death toll to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in U.S. history. Fifteen others were wounded. He was on prescription medications.

October 10, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio

A 14-year-old student at a Cleveland high school, Asa H. Coon, shot and injured two students and two teachers before he shot and killed himself. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazodone.

November 7, 2007
Tyler, Texas

Seventeen-year-old Felicia McMillan stabbed a male student at Robert E. Lee High School and also injured the principal while on medication for depression.

November 7, 2007
Tuusula, Finland

Eighteen-year-old student at Jokela School in southern Finland, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, shot and killed five boys, two girls, and the female principal at Jokela High School. At least 10 others were injured. The gunman shot himself and died from his wounds in the hospital. He was in possession of Cipralex, Zoloft, Luvox and Prozac.

January 8, 2008
Columbia, Tennessee

Fifteen-year-old student at Spring Hill High School brought a semi-automatic gun to school. In addition to the gun, the student was carrying several pills in his backpack, some of which were the antidepressant Zoloft.

January 23, 2008
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Brian Gilmore was arrested in the high school parking lot of Lake City High School with 3 stolen high powered rifles and ammunition. His mother stated that the medicine “drastically” changed the teenager’s behavior, and the doctor had recently switched him to Prozac.

February 14, 2008
DeKalb, Illinois

Gunman killed five students and then himself, and wounded 17 more when he opened fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University. The gunman, Stephen P. Kazmierczak, was identified as a former graduate student at the university in 2007. Kazmierczak had been seeing a psychiatrist and had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien.

February 15, 2008
Blackfoot, Idaho

Sixteen-year-old Curtis Kofoed took a handgun to Snake River High School. Nearly 8 hours later, he killed himself. Koefed had depression problems in the past and sought both therapy and medication for it.

March 13, 2009
Winnenden, Germany

Fifteen people were shot and killed at Albertville Technical High School in southwestern Germany by 17-year-old student, Tim Kretschmer. Kretschmer had been suffering from depression, attended a clinic and took medication for the condition.

August 28, 2008
Boerne, Texas

18-year-old, Allen Doelitsch was jailed for asking a 14-year-old friend to join him in a “Columbine-style” attack. He said that he had been depressed and that his mother had taken him off his bipolar medication because of the side effects.

September 23, 2008
Western Finland

Twenty-two-year-old Matti Saari shot and killed ten students at the Kauhajoki School of Hospitality before killing himself. Matti Saari was taking an SSRI medicinal product and also a benzodiazepine.

November 10, 2009
Pine Plains, New York

Christopher Craft Sr., 43, a graduate of Stissing High School, allegedly walked into the school around 7:45 a.m., with a shotgun. He took Middle School Principal Robert Hess as a hostage. “Craft said where he needed to be was a psychiatric ward, mentioning he had previously been on Cymbalta for depression.”

December 15, 2010
Planoise, France

Twenty pre-school children and their teacher were held hostage by a 17-year-old with two swords for 4 1/2 hours at Charles Fourier Preschool in Planoise, France. The teen was on medication for depression.

October 25, 2011
Snohomish, Washington

Fifteen-year-old student at Snohomish High School armed herself with two kitchen knives before school one day and brutally stabbed two schoolmates. Prior to the attack, the girl had been taking medication and seeing a mental health professional. Court documents say the girl is being treated for depression.”

February 5, 2012
Huntsville, Alabama

15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and killed Discover Middle School student, Todd Brown. Memon had a history for being treated for ADHD and depression. He was taking the antidepressant Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.” He had been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist.

December 14, 2012
Newtown, Connecticut

Adam Lanza, 24, from Hoboken, N.J., armed with a .223-caliber rifle and other weapons killed 20 children and six others at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza was also killed. His mother, a teacher at the school, was also one of the victims. According to the Washington Post, Lanza was on medication.

Videos About School Shootings Linked to Pharmaceutical Drugs

Here are a couple of short videos that address the issue of school violence and pharmaceutical drugs.

Movies About Kids and Pharmaceutical Drugs

Watch the film, Drugging Our Children — it's free to watch on YouTube:

Books About The Rise of Mental Illness and Pharmaceutical Drugs

As I said, I am currently rereading [easyazon-link asin=”0307452425″ locale=”us”]Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America[/easyazon-link] and highly recommend it.

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I have not read these other books but I'm putting them on my reading list:

[easyazon-link asin=”0738210986″ locale=”us”]Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Revised Edition: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications[/easyazon-link]

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[easyazon-link asin=”031256550X” locale=”us”]Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime[/easyazon-link]

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What Do You Think?

Has Big Pharma gone too far? Should we be rushing to medicate our kids? Do you think prescription drugs play a role in school violence?

Please share your thoughts below in the comments.


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53 thoughts on “School Shootings Linked to Pharmaceutical Drugs

  1. You make some really good points, but Adam Lanza was 20 and he wasn’t from Hoboken (his brother is)…he’s from Newtown and his mom was not a teacher at the school.

  2. Here is an excellent 10 minute video where an MD pulls specific acknowledged side effect information from the package inserts and FDA-required information on anti-psychotropic drugs. The evidence that this class of drugs can produce violent, homicidal episodes is in fact right there in the Package Inserts. It’s so incredibly tragic and it’s time for the world to become aware.

  3. Thank you for writing this, Ann Marie. It concerns that there seems to be an increased push toward medicating individuals as a prevention strategy against these kinds of tragedies . . . I believe that approach is both flawed and dangerous.

  4. Very interesting! I’ve heard about links to Pharma drugs and violence in the past. I’ve read some Ray Peat and how higher serotonin (found in SSRIs) can lead to many health problems and higher estrogen dominance (one of its symptoms is depression).

    My husband was on an anti depressant for a short while. It made him very irritable and did not really help him too much. When he got off his anti depressants and started exercising, he felt a lot better.

    I also think that mental illness healthcare (as well as the efficacy of the Pharma drugs people are taking) needs BIG change in our country (the U.S.)

  5. Ok seriously why is everything now days blamed on the medical field. Looking at statistics antidepressants save more lives than they hurt. Drugs don’t kill people when used correctly, people kill people cause that’s what they do. What happened in Conneticut had nothing to do with medication. It had to do with someone killing people by their our hand and being a coward and killing himself before he could face the punishment. Just like vaccinations don’t damage any one’s mentality, drugs do not cause any one to pull a trigger of a gun, swing a bat to someone’s head or stab someone repeatedly. People do what they want and we will never know why what happened in Conneticut happened. All that is known is that due to this coward many innocent people died at his hand by his mentality to point a gun and pull the trigger. Enough said.

    1. In many of these cases these people were mentally ‘sick’ and not in their right mind. I seriously doubt it was more of an act of being a coward than their brain chemistry/hormones/ etc being severely affected. Hormones in itself can change everything about your personality and behavior! Parasites can cause schizophrenia!! Time to start thinking about how to sort this whole thing out than taking the easy way out by blaming a mentally impaired person for their character which has no basis in the framework of chemistry altering drugs. Humans are not solely judged upon by character. We are living beings that underneath of our soul our complex creatures full of many systems and yes like animals from an evolutionary standpoint are victims to he natural laws. ‘Character’ wont even begin to sum up who we are! How anout a soul that is in pain and is wounded and seeks out a drug which takes a turn for he worst!

  6. Alicia,

    You stated: “Drugs don’t kill people when used correctly”

    I am guessing that you are not aware of the statistics of death by taken-as-prescribed drugs??? Lots is blamed on the medical field because it is the 3rd leading cause of death in this country!!!

    A recent study published in The Journal of The American Medical Association (2000:284:94) by Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, showed that in the U.S. there are:

    · 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
    · 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
    · 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
    · 80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals
    · 106,000 deaths/year from adverse effects of medications

  7. Thank you for writing this post. I agree, Alicia, that we will never know the why of CT. However, it can be said that psychiatric drugs, and all drugs for that matter, are truly an experiment. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two drug reactions are exactly alike. Due to a heavy hand and a pill fixing attitude, our society has become too accepting of very intense pharmaceutical drugs. We place our trust in an industry that has a goal of profit, not protection or long term health. Perhaps all these school shootings would have happened even if the assailants were not medicated, but wouldn’t it be wise for us to look into the relationship? Do we not owe at least that much to those poor children, their families and classmates? If stricter regulations or more in-depth testing done by a party who does not stand to profit from the success

  8. This is such a tragedy and the families are in my prayers. And your article is an excellent resource and I think brings up a VERY VALID point.

    I was also just reading in Put Your Heart In Your Mouth (Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride) that low blood cholesterol is linked to acts of violence. She noted that many violent criminals have low blood cholesterol. I think it is both the drugs, as you mentioned, in conjunction with a diet low in cholesterol-rich traditional fats (and I’m sure there are social and media related factors, as well)

  9. I’ve been on and off Prozac since I was about 14 years old. I’m now 25. It has definitely helped me to not kill myself over the years, but it is not without negative side effects. I’ve tried going off of them several times since I started and I always go back to them. I’ve tried multiple different diets, supplements, hormones, etc. Nothing seems to work for me like Prozac does. Why is this? I can’t for the life of me understand it. I want to believe they are bad for me, in fact, I think they are mostly. My research indicates that they are bad for me. However, it is starting to get to me, all this antidepressant bashing and people claiming that they are ineffective. When I know for a fact that they have pulled me out of horribly dreadful depressions. I know they don’t work for everyone and I know that they are definitely over-prescribed. I do not necessarily support children or teens taking these meds either. But I was a teen on them and they helped me. There were times when they caused me to be more suicidal. I think it all depends on the individual taking the drugs and which drugs they are taking. Doctors throw these medications around way too lightly these days. I’ve noticed more recently that the Prozac is causing me to have horrible insomnia, increased irritability, and increased obsessive behavior if I take it everyday. I’m only taking 20mg which is a pretty low dose, so I take one pill every three days or so. I wish I could be rid of them completely, but I have yet to find something that truly works for me. If anyone has any recommendations, I’m open to trying new things even though I feel like I have tried everything. Except accupuncture. That’s next! I do think these drugs are dangerous, but I don’t know that all of these violent acts can be blamed on the drugs. Not solely anyway. There are TONS of people on these medications that do not commit such violent crimes and I am one of them.

    1. I went through A LOT of hell raising experiences as a teenager. I’m glad I survived! o_O I had a lot of mental illness, as well, especially depression and suicidal tendencies. I got to take a peek at our fine mental health system firsthand. And later, about 10 years ago, I got to work in a halfway house with mentally ill people (which sucked for them, because they weren’t visited by family and hardly visited by case workers…they were sort of abandoned, but living around and able to be around the public). Some of them were very dangerous. 🙁

      I was once put on Prozac (to help my mood swings, depression, etc), but decided that I didn’t want to take it anymore. The few days after I went off of it (cold turkey) were terrible. I got myself into a lot of trouble at school during those few days and might have even attempted suicide (I did that a few times and think one of those times might have been when I went off of Prozac). My parents didn’t put me on any more anti depressants after that.

      I think now, that my hormones may have been very imbalanced as a teenager. I’m finally getting the help I need and can definitely tell when I ups and downs with certain hormones. It’s amazing to know what the problem is and to be able to work on it.

      Eating enough of a balanced diet has helped also. I make it nutritious (without following WAPF food prep guidelines…THAT was driving me nuts) and eat good, saturated fats, animal protein and carbs (grain too).

      Maybe more people (who might be experiencing some mental health problems) could start checking their hormone levels (thyroid and sex hormones). It’s an idea and might help significantly.

      1. I wanted to add that when I was a troubled teen, the system blamed things on my parents and took the responsibility of my actions from me. This happened with a lot of kids I knew. Looking back, my parents did a damn good job of raising me and my siblings. There was no abuse in the home, we did things together as a family and so on.

        What ultimately helped me to get out of my funk was a stronger belief in God, more community and taking responsibility for my actions. I still had the hormonal imbalances, but those aforementioned things were priceless and very liberating.

        I think we as a society need to be more cohesive and community-minded. It doesn’t mean we have to be collectivist (which I loathe), but that we should get out more and have better relationships with people. We can also help our young ones to build strong personal responsibility and work.

        I’m sure there are a myriad of problems that are contributing to violence. Pharma drugs DO have side effects. So does living disconnected from people. So does not having personal responsibility. So can media. So can access to guns (for people who shouldn’t have them…I’m all for everyone else having gun access).

        I think the foods we eat, the water we drink and our own body chemistry can affect us as well. And stress can affect us.

        Although I didn’t have a good experience with Prozac, that doesn’t mean others won’t. You just have to be aware of the side effects and the effect it has with your own body chemistry.

    2. Try seeking out a quantum hypnosist. When you are in a deep trance, the subconscious will reveal why and how this started and how you may fix it. I am providing this out of care not to be mocked. Past life regressions can resolve inherited traumas that are manifesting as depression, suicide, emotional eating etc. Sometimes we came in this life with this trauma

    3. I ditto what was shared here for recommendations – WAPF style diet, cod liver oil, Julia Ross’s work…….. and I would look into the GAPS diet.
      I am optimistic that you can make very good strides with these recommendations. 🙂

  10. It does seem that Mental problems/illness shows up in the early teens to late twenties.
    Teenage years are not easy. Ask any teenager these days.
    Don’t know why I said these days, but it seems that way, Or nobody use to talk about it!
    Adam Lanza seemed to have emotional problems at a young age. We will never really know what was going on inside his head. He can’t tell us, and his mother never wanted to talk about it , and now she can’t.

    I hope tomorrow will be Sunnier for you.

    Just noticed a book on Amazon: Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime.

    I have No idea what this book reads!

    I took one Meladonen (sp?) vitamin, and had horrible nightmares. Never took another one, and threw the vitamins down the sink.

    Praying for all the families that have lost love ones.

  11. I saw a reference over on FB about the mom being a prepper. This poor woman chose to be prepared for something (and it varies from prepper to prepper) and now many are believing that this was the situation that caused this kid so much angst that he went nuts.

    Please. This is such a MSM twist its disgusting. Now any one who preps for a emergency/disaster/catostrophic event will be deemed a loon. I’m prepared for an earthquake. Does that make me a loon? I have water, food and supplies. Many folks prepare for long winters where electricity may become unavailable for weeks at a time. Does that make them a loon?

    Unfortunately, for most real foodies, you too are preppers. whether you realize it or not. If you have items you’ve canned, you’re a prepper. If you have barrels of wheat, you’re a prepper. Items you’ve bought in bulk? Then you’re a prepper. Sorry. but its true in the government’s eyes.

    Recently, weeks before this tragic event, the government insinuated that preppers are dangerous and should be treated as terrorists. How does that make you feel when all you did was buy some wheat/beans/rice in bulk? The truth is is that MSM is going to twist this woman into the biggest nutjob known to man simply because she choose to be prepared.

    Many preppers choose to be armed and recently, my husband and I decided that it is something we feel we should have as well. Don’t get me wrong: I do not like guns. But I will get trained in the proper handling of them. I prefer peace and love, but who the heck am I fooling? All you have to do is watch videos of Katrina and you can see that when folks get hungry that things get ugly and violent -very quickly. Catostrprophic events make people crazy and you better believe that I will do anything I can to protect my family. Because really, if you think the goverment can take care of a mass amount of people in the event of an emergency, then you are living with your head in the sand.

    Please don’t misunderstand: I am in no way taking a side with this woman and her handling of her child, her life, her kids and her guns. I am merely pointing out that if you canned 15 jars of Aunt Millie’s famous peach jam this summer, the government considers you a prepper. Let’s cut this woman some slack. Especially when she has no way to defend her choices.

    1. You’re sooooo right. Because of mainstream media, being a prepper has a very negative connotation to it. WE are prepared for emergencies. We’ve seen what has happened in many parts of the world when there is no food and water and won’t be crazy to leave us and our children without some extra food and resource “insurance”. Food prices are also rising and it is a smart thing to store up a little extra here and there.

      We once didn’t have money to buy food for a month and were very thankful to have some food storage that we could access and live off of.

      We don’t know what situation Lanza’s mom (and over on Facebook is the first time I have heard she was a prepper). And she can’t speak for herself now, God bless her.

    2. Susan, here’s an excellent article on “Preppers” from Lew Rockwell website:

  12. This is such a sad tragedy and my heart goes out to all the parents who lost their children. However, I agree there is an absolute overuse of medicating children with these drugs especially those starting at an early age for the past 10 years or so. Yes, there are many who need to take these medications. However, has anyone noticed there’s a pattern here? I firmly believe a lot of this is a false flag event set up by our govt. and I say that because our President/The U.N./Hillary Clinton and others have stated they want to take away our gun rights/2nd Amendment. This is absolutely disturbing and scary. Think outside the box for a moment.

    And Susan, I agree with your comments. The events that happened after Katrina was a learning lesson for all of us. We are heading towards some very dark times and need to be prepared. The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ Ronald Reagan 40th president of US.

    As for the MSM, they only promote propaganda/half-truths. I turned off the TV few years ago for this reason and many more are doing this because they’re tired of the lies. God help us all.

  13. Not sure what to think about this blog post? Here is a link to an excellent multi-part documentary that is worth viewing. It is important that people educate themselves and their families. Even if you only watch the first couple of parts you will learn a lot. Highly recommend watching the entire program. I just did. Best use of my time in light of the horrific Newtown, CT, massacre.

    Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

      1. I think you’ll be glad when you do watch this documentary Ann Marie. I heard about it when it first came out and didn’t watch until post Newtown. I think anyone who wants to think critically about the possible role of psychotropic drugs in inducing violence and homicide needs to see this film. Its value comes from commentaries by drug industry insiders on the research side, clinical side and sales and marketing side, government accountability reps, patients’ families who testify to extreme side effects – ex. a kind and loving family man is prescribed a psychotropic drug to help him sleep and he kills many family members including his beloved infant granddaughter, etc. At a minimum after seeing this documentary, imo, psychiatrists and the MDs who now so casually prescribe these drugs need to be held accountable to informed consent (full disclosure on the horrific side effects listed on the package inserts) and also to advise patients against having guns and violent video games in the household.

  14. wow…is this the way you are preparing for an emergency? By promoting and projecting scenes of violence and selfish behavior? Should we not prepare for those situations by creating cooperation and networks of care and mutual protection? In recent earthquakes happening in other countries people helped each other a lot. Katrina does not have to be a model for the future.

    This is a very interesting post, which deserves a serious consideration. I am going to read the books and trying to make up my mind should I have to give advice to someone in the future. Even if I have never experienced depression, since I am on a nutrient dense diet my nerves are super strong. I am sure the proper diet could cure many cases of mental illness- even if not all of them, I agree on that.


  15. I am a big supporter of Real Traditional Food and all the amazing benefits it brings to our lives, but promoting antidepressants as the cause of attacks on people really frustrates me. Just like blaming it on lack of gun control. The people that do these things are very ill individuals. The fact that they are on pharmaceuticals indicates they were trying to get help, but clearly they weren’t getting enough of the right kind of help (not necessarily meaning pharmaceuticals). These actions are the result of such deep depression and anguish that these people have no idea how to deal with it.

    Several members of my family, including myself, have been on antidepressants at some point or another, and they have been beneficial to us. While we all strive to avoid these drugs as best we can, its not always possible. I believe my father would not be alive today if antidepressants and therapy were not available to him.

    I understand that these drugs are not good for our bodies, but please do not make those who need them feel guilty about it. Everyone takes a different path to health. Please respect that.

    1. @Hillery T

      I’m not making anyone feel guilty about anything. Just getting the word out there about these drugs.

      It’s commonplace now for preschoolers to be medicated.

      Please read Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker to understand the dangers of these drugs, particularly when they are used for long periods of time and particularly when they are prescribed to children.

  16. I am from finland, and we have had another shooting here recently, in hyvinkää, the shooter was also on ssri medication, it wasn’t a school shooting, the shooter climbed up on a roof with a sniper gun, and started shooting.

    From what I remember about auvinen, the tuusula shooter, he had been forced to take the medication, his mother is a big fan of an organic diet, and deep ecology, I found it at the time strange that she would force her son on these meds when her beliefs were like that.

    What I know about about saari, and auvinen, was that they were totally disillusioned with the “system”, auvinen even wrote a manifest about “banksters”, and how he wanted to live outside of the system because of the deep corruption.

    Sometimes I wonder if some of these shooters are highly intelligent, and see much more than average people, and therefore they get agitated and put on medication?

    Anyway, I know that it’s highly controversial to write about this now, but I never see people discussing this aspect on the connection of medication, and these shootings, so, I think this is appropriate. It’s always gun laws this and that, even in finnish news papers the headlines scream about tighter gun control in finland because of sandy hook right now.

    The UK is a good example when it comes to strict gun laws, they have had a massive, massive rise in burglary after the tighter laws, and criminals still have the guns there, and there are frequent shootings, especially in crime laden areas, some time ago a little girl was paralysed because of a shooting incident in one of the worse areas in London.

    1. “Sometimes I wonder if some of these shooters are highly intelligent, and see much more than average people, and therefore they get agitated and put on medication?”

      Excellent point.

      If you watch the film, Drugging Our Children, and read the book Anatomy of an Epidemic, they both talk a lot about kids who are “restless” or who don’t fit (march to the beat of their own drum) in being targeted for medication.

  17. I worry too about what is happening these days to our children. Before you posted this I wondered if medication was the cause. I think it is a mistake to blame guns. Take our guns away and they will find other ways to kill. I am not an expert and maybe this sounds stupid, but I think this is a symptom of a sick society. Something is very wrong and it keeps getting worse. Taking guns away will not solve the problem.

  18. I absolutely believe there are issues with mind-altering drugs, but just to play devils advocate, correlation does not imply causation. People on behavioral drugs are more likely to have existing mental issues that could also cause violence.

    That being said, I’ve seen myself the effects on a friend who was miserable to hang out with when on Lexapro. Erratic, distracted, kind of crazy. She’s so much more sane since getting off, although she says it was effective against her depression at the time. Years ago my brother took ritalin and it changed his whole personality and literally took the light out of him. He became mute. His personality never fully recovered actually, although it got a lot better. But having an altered personality for 4 years can do who knows what to a person. My boyfriend is on zoloft for anxiety/ocd and it makes me really nervous actually for all of these reasons. I want him to get off really badly.

    1. @Amy

      “correlation does not imply causation”

      Yes, I said that in the post.

      If you read the post, Robert Whitaker in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic, makes the case that these drugs actually make people WORSE. I can’t make the whole case in a blog post, but if you can, read the book.

      1. Amy: you may want to watch this congressional testimony by Dr. Breggin and listen to him say that there is CAUSATION. He says it can’t be argued.


  19. It always irritates me when I see “anger management” classes. Who wants to manage their anger? Don’t people want to resolve it? Get rid of it? Managing it sounds like balancing a dead weight which is ready to fall off the shoulders of one person and seriously hurt the person next to them.

    1. Also, I realize you said the list was not conclusive, but wasn’t the shooting in Norway a year or so ago found to be tied to pharma drug use? If I remember right, wasn’t it at a school retreat/park or something? First the bombing, then the shooting…the guy was dressed as a cop? I think the Prime Minister was supposed to be at the retreat then cancelled at the last minute.

      1. The shooter/bomber in norway, breivik, was using anabolic steroids (and at the time of the act itself he had taken what is called a ECA stack, ephedrine, caffeine, and aspirin), but I don’t think the steroids had anything to do with it, it was a political terrorist act against the social democratic party in norway (he did the shooting at their youth camp, and has been very vocal of the deed being a terrorist act).

        School shootings are much different than terrorist acts, school shootings don’t seem to have a clear goal like terrorist attacks, and I don’t think that terrorist activity is tied to meds (?).

  20. It would seem that the epidemic of mental illness and chronic disease might be linked to the lack of fat soluble vitamins A, D, K2; lack of cholesterol in our diet which makes up 50% of our brain; too much antibiotics which destroy microbes that make neurotransmitters; lack of organ meats which are the best source of B vitamins, which are critical for brain function. MSG, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors which are neurotoxic. And maybe most toxic is too much omega-6 vegetable oils in processed foods which cause inflammation.

    Weston A. Price said that thought processes are also biological processes and unless we have the proper building blocks in our diet, our brains will not function properly.

    1. You’re absolutely correct CCM. The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth. Our bodies need cholesterol and will make more if we don’t have enough or we die! Our brains are 70% fat! The problem is really homocysteine and inflammation by not giving our bodies the proper nutrition/vitamins/good fats, etc. The doctors will not talk about homocysteine. Including the low-fat diet by Ancel Keys was flawed! We need good fats – grassfed meats, raw butter/milk/dairy, organic extra virgin coconut oil/olive oil. The processed oils-soybean/corn/cottonseed/canola causes inflammation that’s in all baked/packaged goods that we shouldn’t consume. Aspartame, mercury, aluminum and other heavy metals causes more inflammation as well. I also read Nutrition & Physical Degeneration by Dr. Price – an excellent book.

  21. It is interesting that while the highest incidence of antidepressant usage is among women, it’s almost exclusively young white men who commit these crimes. It has to be a number of factors. One that comes to mind is the lack of place in society for young men these days.

    1. @Cory I’m not sure if that is true for children and teens. I think boys get prescribed Ritalin a lot more frequently than girls.

      “…by 1996 had U.S. youngsters consuming 90 percent of the world’s Ritalin. Boys, no parent of one will be surprised to learn, are much more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. In 1996, 10 percent to 12 percent of all American schoolboys were taking the addictive Ritalin.”

      And, according to Whitaker in Anatomy of an Epidemic, the bad side effects often don’t start to happen with these drugs until people are on them for a few years. According to unconfirmed reports about Adam Lanza, he started on medication prior to age 10 — so that’s over 10 years of some sort of drug cocktail.

      Ah yes, here it is:

      “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder afflicts about 5 percent of U.S. children— twice as many boys as girls — age six to 17, according to a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As its name implies, people with the condition have trouble focusing and often are hyperactive or impulsive. An estimated 9 percent of boys and 4 percent of girls in the U.S. are taking stimulant medications as part of their therapy for ADHD, the CDC reported in 2005.”

  22. I am normally in the all-natural, the less medications the better camp, but this is where I part ways. With all due respect, what you have reported here is not good science and spreads misinformation to those who don’t understand basic research techniques. You cannot list a bunch of violent crimes, which were all performed by those with mental illness, and claim that it is due to the prescription medications they are on. Since you are not counting the number of people on prescription mediations and not performing violent crime, you cannot even find a correlation relationship here. All you are showing is that violent crimes are often performed by those with mental illness, and also happened to be medicated. We cannot determine causation here. Even if you did study all people with mental illness, and you found that those on prescription antidepressants tended to perform more violent crime, it would still not show your point. Sometimes medications do not work for those with mental illness or they are not receiving adequate treatment, and they performed their crime because of the influences of mental illness, not because of the medication per se. No one factor contributes to tragic events such as this, and it is naive to reduce it to something such as antidepressants, which probably save many lives each year to suicide. Yes, other treatments can be just as effective for depression (exercise is the biggest one), but many mental illnesses just cannot be left untreated (schizophrenia, bipolar/manic depression).

    1. @Danielle

      “…what you have reported here is not good science and spreads misinformation to those who don’t understand basic research techniques.”

      I’m not a reporter, nor am I a scientist. I’m just a concerned citizen and mother who shares the things I’m reading on a blog.

      “You cannot list a bunch of violent crimes, which were all performed by those with mental illness, and claim that it is due to the prescription medications they are on.”

      I did not claim anything, nor am I trying to prove anything with a single blog post. I just pointed to a lot of data and questioned that there may be a link between school violence and these prescription drugs.

      Can I prove this in a single blog post? Of course not!

      Many other people are questioning it, too. I, like Michael Moore, am calling for an investigation.

      “Since you are not counting the number of people on prescription mediations and not performing violent crime, you cannot even find a correlation relationship here.”

      Again, I’m not a scientist and I’m not trying to perform a study here.

      “All you are showing is that violent crimes are often performed by those with mental illness, and also happened to be medicated.”


      “We cannot determine causation here.”

      Yes and I stressed that in the blog post.

      “Even if you did study all people with mental illness, and you found that those on prescription antidepressants tended to perform more violent crime, it would still not show your point. Sometimes medications do not work for those with mental illness or they are not receiving adequate treatment, and they performed their crime because of the influences of mental illness, not because of the medication per se.”

      Please read Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker. I cannot do his book justice in a single 3,000 word blog post. You have to read the book and wade through the evidence he amassed to understand the case he is making that pharmaceutical drugs make people worse, not better.

      “No one factor contributes to tragic events such as this, and it is naive to reduce it to something such as antidepressants, which probably save many lives each year to suicide.”

      I never said it was one factor. You’re right, that would be naive.

      As to whether or not antidepressants save more lives than they cause deaths, again, please read Anatomy of an Epidemic.

      “Yes, other treatments can be just as effective for depression (exercise is the biggest one), but many mental illnesses just cannot be left untreated (schizophrenia, bipolar/manic depression).”

      At the risk of sounding like a broken record, read Anatomy of an Epidemic. You will probably change your mind on that.

      1. You shouldn’t use just one source in order to prove your point…not to mention that the source you’re providing isn’t even a credible one. It’s amazing to me that people take the claims of one person and present it as fact. The biggest epidemic hitting our country is opioids, which are prescribed much too loosely, not antidepressants (for treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders like BPD), antipsychotics (for the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis) and drugs like focalin that help concentration in kids with ADHD, ADD and other disorders that could prevent them from focusing on the task at hand.
        The reason I say all this is because there are so many commenters I see who take what you say as fact. It’s not fact. You need to be accountable that what you post is pure opinion, and is not backed whatsoever by the scientific community. What you’re doing is similar to the antivax crisis currently causing a measles epidemic in the United States—mongering fear and misinformation while insisting that everyone takes what you say with a grain of salt.
        I also say this as a young person who has struggled with mental illness my whole life. I have Asperger’s syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum, and suffer from ADHD, depression, and OCD. I’ve exhibited most of these behaviors from a very young age (like the majority of people with mental illnesses). If you’d truly done the research you claim to have done, you would know that increased medical knowledge is one of the major factors causing the spike in diagnoses of mental illness; if this wasn’t so, I, (biologically female), would never have been diagnosed with ADHD and would have been tormented by teachers and frustrated bosses my whole life. Instead, I was diagnosed, and treated with medication to help my troubles. The same goes for my depression. If it had been left untreated, or treated by holistic measures that actually weren’t as effective as you claim, it’s likely that I wouldn’t be here, typing this out. I’m incredibly thankful that my parents turned to the medical community rather than this nonsense (getting me therapy for my autistic behavior, putting me on medications, etc…) because I probably would have killed myself if my mother was someone like you; you’re probably the type who would put their poor kid through some sort of harmful treatment if they were trans or in any way LGBT. This side of the internet never ceases to amaze me or piss me off—there are enough problems in this world. Stop making up ones that don’t exist.

  23. As Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The MIracle of Magnesium, says several times in her book – there is no disease that is cause by a lack of Prozac or SSRI deficiency, but there are many conditions caused by magnesium deficiencies including depression!

  24. It seems that with all the assaults on the human body/mind from (short list); environmental toxins, chemtrails?, hormone disruptors, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, EMF waves, MSG, crappy, poisonous food in general, preservatives, additives, off-gassing of materials, not to mention the assault on the spirit and soul from toxic and degraded TV, movies, music and video games (which this guy was supposedly fond of playing a shooter video game)… how is anyone surprised that occasionally someone snaps? I have no doubt that pharmaceuticals are a significant part of the problem for some people and are over prescribed to a mind-boggling level. I’ve worked in the ‘mental health’ field for over 20 years and the sheer number of people taking these poisons horrifies me. Add the damage to the brain/nervous system from the statin drugs and the rancid, nasty oils that most people eat, and it’s a wonder that anyone entrenched in the mainstream matrix still survives, forget thriving.

    Also, that Dr. Breggin testified that he found CAUSATION not just correlation between these drugs and violent suicide and homicidal behavior. In the drug companies own studies. Hidden, of course when they applied for approval from the *coff, coff* FDA.

    We are being weakened and degraded from a thousand cuts, but to say it’s not pharmaceuticals or they may play no role, is patently ridiculous.

  25. Here is the link to Dr. Breggins congressional testimony that there is Causation. He says it.

    Watch and you’ll see.

    1. Yes Joyce!! It’s so frustrating that the media won’t touch this very important clue and piece of the random mass homicide discussion. It’s so sad that advertising revenue trumps good journalism. Great investigative reporting on the major networks is a thing of the past. Fortunately you can still find critical thinkers and people asking the tough questions on the internet!

  26. I was a really depressed person and went to the doctor. You can probably guess I was diagnosed as being bepressed and put on Prozac. It helped so much…for a while. I knew something was wrong and it bothered me. Years later, by God’s grace I figured it out. I wasn’t “depressed” I was very sugar sensative. When I went on a sugar free diet at 29 I felt great and got off Prozac completely and never looked back. Since then (10 years ago) I have experienced the most difficult years of my life. However, because I have been eating as sugar free diet I was able to handle it much better than I would have in my 20’s. I am sure that there are probably others like me who are very sugar sensative but don’t know it and are hooked on antidepressants…so sad. To this day if I fall off the wagon and have a sugar I will feel sad and depressed for a few days. However, I always know it will pass and my life will get better soon.

  27. Duh!! It’s not the drugs the problem. Those people were sick regardless of the drugs. The prescribed drugs might have failed in some instances but not necessarily were the CAUSE of the aggression.

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