*  Eric Harris, the triggerman in the Columbine school shootings, killed his fellow students and took his own life while taking Luvox.
    * Fifteen year-old Kip Kinkel killed his parents and two classmates while taking Prozac.
    * Thirteen year-old Chris Fetters killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
    * Twelve year-old Christopher Pittman murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
    * Thirteen year-old Mathew Miller hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
    * Fifteen year-old Jarred Viktor stabbed his grandmother 61 times after 5 days on Paxil.
    * This is just a few examples of antidepressant violence. The list goes on and on.
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792 hits 1.5 (6 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 5 years ago by pennywise

Do you know anyone who became violent after taking antidepressants?
* Eric Harris, the triggerman in the Columbine school shootings, killed his fellow students and took his own life while taking Luvox.
* Fifteen year-old Kip Kinkel killed his parents and two classmates while taking Prozac.
* Thirteen year-old Chris Fetters killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
* Twelve year-old Christopher Pittman murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
* Thirteen year-old Mathew Miller hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
* Fifteen year-old Jarred Viktor stabbed his grandmother 61 times after 5 days on Paxil.
* This is just a few examples of antidepressant violence. The list goes on and on.


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5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/18/09 - 7:58:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know anyone who's become violent, antidepressants or not.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/18/09 - 8:11:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Those cases aren't very conclusive.
The people could have committed the crimes, antidepressant or not.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/19/09 - 2:17:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
The only person I've ever known who was violent while on antidepressants was violent before he was on them too.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/19/09 - 2:30:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
I heard that Eric Harris stopped taking his meds in the months prior to the shootings...

That said, none of the individuals I know who take antidepressants are violent.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/19/09 - 2:39:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Omg.... I've heard these same tired arguments before. If anti-depressants cause violence then we should see ALL people who are on them showing violent behaviour. I know 6 or 7 people on them... none of them are violent at all.

Did it ever occur to you that the behaviours that your presenting are the result of the disorder that the anti-depressants were there to treat?

You're presenting a standard post hoc fallacy here, pennywise.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/19/09 - 4:06:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
These people who were probably even more violent WITHOUT the meds.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/19/09 - 5:19:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
Everyone I know who takes antidepressants take Lexapro which i used to know and all it does is make you very happy.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/19/09 - 10:18:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I can't think of any.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/20/09 - 8:30:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 8/19/09 - 2:39:17 AM ClarencY wrote:
Did it ever occur to you that the behaviours that your presenting are the result of the disorder that the anti-depressants were there to treat?


With just a little bit of research, you'll see that's not true. Most SSRI anti-depressants (actually all of them) made me both suicidal and violent - two things I am normally never feeling. They did the same thing to my sister, for some people they have an opposite reaction and actually make things worse. And the drug companies knew this yet pushed it through anyway, and now there have been deaths. Probably a lot more than listed in the story.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/20/09 - 9:43:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/20/09 - 8:30:44 AM KikiPeepers wrote:
With just a little bit of research, you'll see that's not true. Mo...hrough anyway, and now there have been deaths. Probably a lot more than listed in the story.


I wasn't making a definitive on what anti depressants do. I'm simply pointing out that it is very difficult to attribute cause and effect on these sorts of things. Even in your case can you confidently say "Most SSRI anti-depressants (actually all of them) made me both suicidal and violent"? If so then why don't we see everyone who is on SSRI's exhibiting the same behaviours?

Of course we could go into drug interactions and whatnot... but that would just be speculation.

Drug companies... probably we're playing ignorant. They go by what research tells them I would imagine. Surely YOU have the final say in how you are treated?
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/20/09 - 11:56:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Don't they have warnings that kids under a certain age aren't supposed to be on antidepressants?
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/22/09 - 11:50:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/20/09 - 11:56:21 AM 12stonefan wrote:
Don't they have warnings that kids under a certain age aren't supposed to be on antidepressants?


It's a black box warning for teens and chldren - it can still be prescribed (and is) but when you buy them you get a giant printout about if you feel suicical or violent or start going crazy basically to tell your doctor ASAP.

When these drugs came on the market, doctors were told there was NO withdrawl side effects. Now they admit there are both starting and withdrawl side effects ... for children. But it happens to adults too, so it won't be long before it's a black box warning for adults as well.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/22/09 - 12:47:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ Effexor withdrawal is absolute hell.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/23/09 - 1:11:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 8/22/09 - 12:47:19 PM HarryNJ wrote:
^ Effexor withdrawal is absolute hell.

Yes, I know firsthand.
5 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 8/23/09 - 2:34:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 8/22/09 - 12:47:19 PM HarryNJ wrote:
^ Effexor withdrawal is absolute hell.
On Sunday 8/23/09 - 1:11:52 AM cszulins wrote:
Yes, I know firsthand.


So do I.
5 yrs ago - Sunday 8/23/09 - 6:51:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 8/22/09 - 12:47:19 PM HarryNJ wrote:
^ Effexor withdrawal is absolute hell.
On Sunday 8/23/09 - 1:11:52 AM cszulins wrote:
Yes, I know firsthand.
On Sunday 8/23/09 - 2:34:07 AM pepperdrinks wrote:
So do I.


Me too. And Paxil. I don't know which was worse, they were both horrible.
5 yrs ago - Tuesday 8/25/09 - 2:49:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I had a BAD reaction to Zoloft, i did not go berzerk just became depressed even worse! Prozac has an equally bad reaction on some people and i does not surprise me that some of these anti depressants would bring out the worst in some people. If you take them and feel yourself get WORSE, you must quit taking this crap and go to the doctor right away and INSIST/DEMAND on an alternative med, there are plenty of other good ones. (Paxil CR worked for me for a long time - no side effects.)



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