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Posted by Tim on July 17, 2003 at 02:40:55:

The fact that psychotropic drugs are a recipe for violence is obscured because frequently after a violent crime has been committed, psychiatrists or their allied organizations such as the pharmaceutical company-funded National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), blame the offending person's violent behavior on his failure to continue his medication, but the truth is that violence is a documented side-effect of withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.

In 1995, a Danish medical study reported the following withdrawal symptoms from psychotropic drug dependence: "Emotional changes: Fear, terror, panic, fear of insanity, failing self-confidence, restlessness, irritability, aggression, an urge to destroy and, in the worst cases, an urge to kill." (emphasis added)

In 1996, the National Preferred Medicines Center Inc., comprising of physicians in New Zealand, issued a report on "Acute drug withdrawal," saying that withdrawal from psychoactive drugs can cause 1) rebound effects that exacerbate previous symptoms of a "disease," and 2) new symptoms unrelated to the condition that had not been previously experienced by the patient. The SSRIs (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and others) can create "agitation, severe depression, hallucinations and aggressiveness."

Janet, a teenager who was prescribed minor tranquilizers and antidepressants said that while withdrawing from these drugs, she had violent thoughts and had to restrain her aggressiveness, including wanting to stab anyone who withheld the decreasing drug dosage from her: "I had absolutely no history of violence. These new feelings were not part of the so-called 'mental illness' I was suppose to have; I had never been aggressive before being prescribed the drugs. And once safely and gradually withdrawn from them, never experienced uncontrollable violent urges again."

Even the American Psychiatric Association euphemistically admits in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that the major "complication" of withdrawal from Ritalin, a psychiatric drug currently being administered to millions, is suicide.

Withdrawal effects from these drugs can be severe and take intense medical supervision to ensure the person safely detoxes, as an example:

Stevie Nicks, of the rock group Fleetwood Mac talks about the intense difficulty of detoxing from psychiatric drugs: "I'm the one who realized that that's what was killing me [the psychiatric drug, Klonopin]." It took her 45 days to withdrawal from the Klonopin, "I was in there sick for 45 days, really, really sick. And I watched generations of drug addicts come in and go out. You know, the heroin people, 12 days...and they're gone. And I'm still just there."

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