“the real lesson of Columbine: psychiatric drugs induce violence”

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On this 12-year anniversary of the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, let us not forget the real lesson of Columbine:  psychiatric drugs induce violence.

Shooter Eric Harris was taking the antidepressant Luvox at the time he and Dylan Klebold opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves.  At least one public report exists of a friend of Klebold who witnessed Klebold taking the antidepressants Paxil and Zoloft and urged him to come off them.  Officially, Klebold’s medical records remain sealed.

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5 Responses to “the real lesson of Columbine: psychiatric drugs induce violence”

  1. John B., M.D. says:

    So, there was less violence before psychiatric drugs were used?
    Steve, I do hope you are being sarcastic.
    But I will acknowledge that some patients can get more angry, violent, and lose impulse control when on meds. Everyone reacts differently, and things can change over time. It will be interesting to get the particulars about the various high-profile cases, as well as analyze info gleaned from a large sample of cases (most of which are smaller scale and do not become high-profile).
    As you know, correlation/association doesn’t mean causation. A psych patient will more likely commit acts of violence, irrespective of being on meds, and sometimes noncompliance with meds leads to psych decompensation which then leads to the violence.

    • hannuko says:

      All SSRI -class antidepressants have been found to cause feelings of desperation, intensive hate and extreme aggression if the user stops taking them too quickly. This usually happens for one of two reasons: the user can’t afford the drugs or the person grows tired of their many side effects.

      Typical mass shooter is someone who has been taking SSRI drugs for a while and then suddenly stops taking them few weeks before the shooting. I think Breivik is one of the few people that doesn’t fit the description. We’ve had three of these in Finland in the last 10 years and all of them fit the description. Before SSRI-class drugs we had no senseless mass shootings even when we had much more relaxed gun laws and country full of battle hardened veterans with PTSD and countless war orphans.

      In the nineties the SSRI-class was approved and nowadays people eat them like candy. My sister-in-law takes them because she is unemployed and that makes her depressed. Mostly depression is not a disease and does not require medication but hope that things will get better.

      • Laurence Crossen says:

        Medicalizing emotions is a misuse of metaphor by psychiatry. Psychiatric problems are claimed by psychiatry to be illnesses when they have never been demonstrated to be illnesses by the scientific method. See Thomas Szasz, The Myth of Mental Illness.

  2. Laurence Crossen says:

    There are many excellent books criticizing psychiatric drug use. The best introduction to a critical history of psychiatry are two recent books by Thomas Szasz of the Cato Institute:
    Psychiatry: The Science of Lies
    Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry

  3. Larry Fields says:

    Hi Steven,
    Following your lead, and wrote a long, boring article about this at Hubpages.

    We’ve Got to DO SOMETHING About School Shootings! Oh Like What?

    Summary: Guns don’t cause School Shootings; antidepressant medications do. Any proposed remedy must address this root cause. Soviet-style preventive detention and draconian Gun Control are not reasonable solutions.


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