The Biggest Lie of All about Psychiatric Drugs

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In January 1999, a young woman was pushed off a subway platform in New York City and killed.  The perpetrator was identified in the press as a mental patient who had stopped taking his drugs.  The Pharmaceutical Empire and organized psychiatry manipulated this horrendous event to stir up public fear of psychiatric patients who stop taking their drugs.  The result in New York State making it easier to involuntarily treat patients who refuse to take their medication.

When “mental patients” become violent, the media reaction is almost automatic—they must have stopped taking their “meds.”  This myth of the violent patient controlled by psychiatric drugs is a myth.  There are no scientific studies to confirm it.  Indeed, the FDA has not approved any drugs as effective for controlling violence.   The Pharmaceutical Empire relentlessly perpetrates the big lie because it serves a trillion dollar purpose.  It keeps the public believing that psychiatric drugs are society’s last line of defense against violent individuals.  It also lends all psychiatric drugs an aura of magical effectiveness that none of them possess.

The Myth of “Off His Meds”

Although the myth of “off his meds” lacks any scientific basis, there is a mountain of evidence that many psychiatric drugs themselves can cause violence, including the antidepressants.   Many studies are readily available on my , Section 5, “Antidepressant Violence, Aggression, Hostility, Irritability and Antisocial Behavior.”   In addition, : the Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime, summarizes the evidence and presents many true stories about drug-induced violence from my clinical and forensic experience as a psychiatrist.

The media and its consultants from the Pharmaceutical Empire continue to argue that psychiatric drugs do not cause violence.  On the 10th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, USA Today caught the nation up on the “truth” about the motives of the perpetrators Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.  , “Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication.”

Columbine School Shooters and Antidepressants

Actually, USA Today was not telling the truth.  The fact is that Harris was taking the antidepressant Luvox (fluvoxamine) right up until the shooting.  Luvox is very similar to Prozac, Paxil, Celexa and others called serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

As a medical expert in cases related to Eric Harris, I had access to his medical records.  that his doctor prescribed him progressively larger doses of Luvox for one year prior to the day he committed mass murderer.  During that year on Luvox, he developed his first known violent and psychotic feelings.  Furthermore, the toxicology report based on blood samples from his autopsy showed that he had a “therapeutic” level of the drug in his blood.  This demonstrated that he had taken the psychiatric drug shortly before his death and had an active amount in his system at the time of the shootings.

I wrote to USA Today to correct the facts, and cited the toxicology report and a drug company report to the FDA confirming it. The newspaper never answered me or printed a retraction.

Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawal Reactions

When patients do become much more overtly disturbed when stopping their drugs, it is typically the result of a withdrawal reaction.  One of my most successful malpractice suits in whichresulted in an $11.9 million verdict for the family of the deceased.

The case was based upon the death of a prisoner whose antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) had been stopped on admission to jail, resulting in a withdrawal reaction over several days that made him too disturbed to communicate.  The jail doctor, without asking how long the inmate had been off his Paxil, restarted him on 30 mg.

The patient had been taking that dose for several years; but his body was no longer accustomed to it.  If the doctor wished his patient to resume Paxil, he should have gradually raised his dose to re-accustom his body and brain to it.

After the first dose, the patient killed himself, probably from a combination of withdrawal and acute toxicity.  His method of suicide was extremely painful and violent toward himself, which (see my Antidepressant Resource Center Section 2C for research papers).

How to Reduce Violence

If we want to reduce violence the answer is not more psychiatric drugging, but less. Forcing patients to take drugs results in their stopping them secretly without proper clinical supervision and the support of a social network.

Imagine running an industry where you can force people to use your products—even if the products are poisonous neurotoxins.  Imagine convincing people that they are indispensable to a smooth-running society.  Imagining getting the government to enforce your profit-making goals of turning people into consumers whether they want your products or not?

Well, all that has now happened.  It is time to stop it. A population with far fewer drugged citizens will be a far safer and healthier society.

Peter R. Breggin, MD, has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field.  His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT, and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies.  He has authored dozens of scientific articles and more than twenty books including the bestseller Talking Back to Prozac (1994, with Ginger Breggin), Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime (2008), and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: a Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families (2013).



  • Markfarrar
    July 12, 2017, 7:49 am  

    Before I gave up paid employment
    To contemplate existence and be a
    Full time father, I worked as a carer
    For five tortured souls, all men, who
    Were diagnosed with various types
    Of schizophrenic mental illness…..
    One old man was a survivor, who would
    Have been a successful hobo, had he not
    Expressed an ability to talk to birds when
    He was an orphaned child .
    One old fella was a Russian gent who had
    Been sent by Stalin to Siberia with his whole
    Family , most of whom perished .
    One guy was an acid casualty who seemed
    To be stuck on a very extreme trip.
    The last two were diagnosed as troubled teens
    With paranoid tendencies years before.
    The only thing they appeared to have in common
    Was that they had been prescribed the same ,
    Or similar ,anti psychotic medication ,which
    Acted like a chemical cosh , and kept them all
    In a state of suspended animation , from which
    There was no possible escape .
    Fucked up by a deliberately fucked up system…

  • Kathleen Stilwell
    July 12, 2017, 9:34 am  

    Yes, a suspended animation, a space where no real personal growth in wisdom or strength can take place, from which they sometime try to escape – often by ending their own life. How many of us know young people who committed suicide trying to get off of psych meds that they were forced to take so that they’d submit to “authorities” within the prison-like school system.
    Thank you, Mark for your insightful comments.

  • Heather
    July 14, 2017, 5:22 pm  

    My elderly father with dementia who had a fall 3 weeks ago and was admitted to the ward from A&E after an eight hour wait in A&E was administered the drug Haloperidol which is an antipsychotic and has in fact interactions with dementia and should not really be given to anyone with dementia. It was administered to keep my father quiet as he was calling out for me during the night (as I live with him and I am his carer). I was disgusted with these so called doctors who agreed to and administered this drug. It took me and my sister 3 weeks to get my father home and in that time they tried and did administer other drugs which they deemed necessary. What is occurring within the medical profession is tantamount to abuse and grievous bodily harm in my view. When I see and read about people who are struggling with mental illness or any illness really, being pumped full of toxic crap under the guise of healing I feel very sad and angry. When I asked one of the nurses treating my father to stop giving him drugs just for their convenience his reply was he would lose his job if he didn’t comply with the consultant. Well that is no excuse really and until all the care workers and nurses and doctors refuse to carry on harming instead of healing I suppose the misery for many will continue.

    • Kathleen Stilwell
      July 14, 2017, 6:01 pm

      So sorry to hear about this horrific abuse of your father, Heather. It’s good that you are there for him with your level of awareness. I’m glad you spoke up. We all need to do the same.

  • Monjican
    July 19, 2017, 2:03 pm  

    Reblogged this on Multidimensional Being and commented:
    Like in the movie ‘One Ring’ to rule em all, this is mirrored into psychic drugs that content a diazepine and benzene ring. To shut the patients consciousness down for outer control reasons.

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