I dunno. The author is on a mission. He may be correct. (Sharing a house with two persons who are using some of the drugs he demonizes, I would surely like to know whether I am in danger of being murdered in my sleep!) On the other hand, neither of my psychotrope-influenced family members show any of the symptoms that he describes. The Prozac user is simply a nicer person, overall, (who still displays compassion, anger, love, and enthusiasm, but spends far less time in a blue funk). The Luvox user (who has a lot of different problems) does not demonstrate any of the specific “exalted feelings, delusions of grandeur…and overproduction of ideas” that the author claims Luvox brought out in Eric Harris. (Why does he put those “known” traits in quotes, himself, without providing a citation?)
At this point, I put my anecdotes against his anecdotes and the doc loses.
Every citation he provided was also to another like-minded crusader. Can he provide any citations for actual studies carried out by NIMH or someone else? Have any non-U.S. countries found the same results that he claims?
Don’t get me wrong. I believe that a lot of doctors are pretty quick to fire the drug gun under the combined pressure of “miracles” promoted by pharamceutical companies and quick fixes demanded by patients. The folks in my house are taking drugs in conjunction with therapy; they were not simply handed pills to make them feel better, so I don’t have any personal anecdotes to support the “pass 'em a pill” mentality. I am willing to accept that it happens, but I am not willing to condemn drugs that I see working on the basis of a few alarmist anecdotes.
Before I jump on his bandwagon, I want to know whether Eric Harris was demonstrating his “delusions of grandeur” complex before he went on Luvox and whether outside observers would have agreed with the family members who claimed that there were no problems among the various murderous women before they began taking their drugs. (How improbable is it that family members are going to deny mental or psychological problems within their family if someone can let them blame a drug?) In other words, did the drug cause the problem, or did the too-late administration of the drug fail top prevent it?
He cites Dr. Tracy’s investigation that showed that 24 of 32 women (investigated) who committed murder or suicide were taking SSRIs. Umm? Duh? These women were depressed, maybe? It certainly indicates that the drugs failed to counteract the depression (provided the women were taking them in the doses that they had been provided), but it hardly indicates that the drugs caused the problem.
(I also note that Whittaker is out there pushing vitamins–based on one anecdotal exposure to a woman who he deemed healthy who was taking vitamins.)
His final paragraph sort of blows his credibility, for me. He does not call for his subscribers to demand that NIMH or CDC crack down with better testing, he calls for the drugs to be pulled from the market–based only on his anecdotes.