How Psychiatric Drugs Made America Mad
“The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex. The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect. It is believed that Alexis had rented an AR-15, but returned it before Monday morning’s shootings.” Regardless of the shooter’s weapon of choice, it also turns out that once again he chose a “gun-free zone” to carry out his crime, knowing full well that no ordinary citizens would be able to return fire, giving him plenty of time to carry out his mad killing plan. This is another characteristic of recent mass shootings : they have all taken place in gun-free zones. Such zones are obviously the preferred targets of mass killers who seek to minimize their own risk of being taken out by return fire. Finally, it is worth noting that the SWAT team which eventually shot and killed Aaron Alexis most likely did so with an AR-15 rifle, proving that AR-15s are extremely useful in protecting the public when deployed in the hands of someone who has the best interests of the public in mind. The actual rifle model used to kill Alexis has not yet been released, so it could have been something else, but there is no question that SWAT team members were well armed with AR-15-style tactical rifles and that such rifles in the hands of those men unquestionably served a positive role of protecting the public.
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Psychiatrists Defend Psychiatric Drug Use
Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis may have been taking psychiatric drugs prescribed by military doctors. As we previously reported , Alexis the civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who shot dead 12 people in Washington before he was killed by police was apparently suffering from serious mental health issues and was undergoing treatment since August at the Veterans Administration for his issues. According to self-named health ranger Mike Adams, the VAs sole treatment for mental problems comes in the form of drugs. Adams also maintains that the common denominator for most of the mass shooters is that they were on these mind-altering, doctor-prescribed medications. Media reports have also suggested that Alexis was hooked on violent video games such as Call of Duty. Alexis also was involved in at least one previous gun incident in which he allegedly fired as hot through the floor of a neighbors apartment in Fort Worth, Texas. He was arrested but ultimately never prosecuted.
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Navy Yard Shooting: Was Aaron Alexis On Psychiatric Drugs?
Trusting and unaware patients have been treated with potentially dangerous drugs by equally unaware but well-intentioned physicians who have been likewise trusting of the slick and obscenely profitable psychopharmaceutical drug companies aka, BigPharma, not to mention the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that is all-too-often in bed with the drug industry that they are supposed to be monitoring and regulating. The foxes of BigPharma have a close ally inside the henhouse. That is the conclusion of two books by a courageous investigative journalist and health science writer named Robert Whitaker. His first book, entitled Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill,noted that there has been a 600 percent increase (since Thorazine was introduced in the U.S. in the mid-1950s) in the total and permanent disabilities of millions of psychiatric drug-takers. This uniquely First World mental health epidemic has resulted in the taxpayer-supported, life-long disabilities of large numbers of psychiatric patients who are now unable to be happy, productive, taxpaying members of society. Whitaker has done a powerful service to humanity, albeit an unwelcome one for various healthcare-related industries, by presenting previously hidden, but very convincing evidence from the scientific literature to support his thesis: that it is the drugs and not the so-called mental illnesses that are causing the epidemic of mental illness disability.
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Psychiatric drug use skyrockets in U.S. military
“We are experimenting with changing people’s cognition and behavior.” It is difficult to determine the exact causes of increase psychotropic use in the military. Some analysts have pointed to the increased stress of multiple ongoing wars and longer deployments since 2001. Others, such as Frank Ochberg of Michigan State University, note the faster growth rate of mood-dulling drugs such as antipsychotics and anticonvulsants, and suggest that these drugs are being prescribed to troops readjusting to civilian life. “The ultimate effect of both of these drugs is to take the heightened arousal — the hypervigilance and all the emotions that served you once you were deployed — and help to turn that back down,” Ochberg said. Sources for this story include: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/03/military_psychiatric_drugs_0317… . Stay informed!
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One or the other, alone, is not as effective.” Special Problems for Psychiatric Drugs Stotland does not ignore the fact that there are some very real problems with psychiatric drugs. One is that they may be prescribed by doctors who do not fully understand the subtleties of psychiatric diagnosis. “Psychiatric medications should be prescribed after an accurate psychiatric diagnosis is made,” Stotland says. “They should be prescribed by someone who knows what they are doing. Patients should be closely followed up. And the drugs should be prescribed in the context of continuing medical care.” Psychiatric medications, Stotland says, are not the answer to all the problems posed by mental illness. Unfortunately, she says, private insurers often pay only for drugs and not for psychotherapy.
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Psychiatric drugs tied to falls in the elderly
On surveys, 238 of the seniors said they had fallen at least once in the past year. Among the one-third of participants taking psychiatric drugs, 45 percent had fallen three or more times. That compared to just under 22 percent of those who weren’t taking a psychiatric drug and reported frequent falls. In particular, the researchers found a higher rate of multiple falls among people taking antidepressants, antipsychotics and short-acting benzodiazepines, which include the anxiety drug alprazolam (marketed as Xanax) and the insomnia drug temazepam (Restoril). That pattern held after van Strien’s team took into account any depression or cognitive impairment among the seniors, as well as their exact age, their living situation and how much they typically walked each day. Seniors and their families should come to each healthcare visit with a list of all medications an elderly person is taking and what each was prescribed to treat, Huang said. Sometimes, he noted, a person gets put on an antipsychotic for delirium while in the hospital, for example, and ends up staying on it for years for no good reason.
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