aside The Nexus Between Anti-Depressants And Mass Shootings


Disclaimer: When I write about factors which contributed to the 2/14/18 mass hooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida, I am in no way suggesting that the 19 year old Nikolas Cruz is not fully responsible for his crimes to where he shouldn’t be held accountable.

After this case is fully studied, it will become apparent that a whole host of governmental  agencies from police to Florida social services’ agencies failed both the mass shooter the youngsters and adults who were fatally wounded.

The role of medications in reference to mass shootings is just another possible nexus that bears some study.

Nikolas Cruz makes a video appearance in Broward County court before Judge Kim Theresa Mollica. Cruz is facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
NIKOLAS CRUZ / Susan Stocker Sun Sentinel

In reviewing the history of the mass shooter Nikolas Cruz responsible for the loss of 17 lives in the 2/14/18 in a Parkland High School in Florida, I noted that the family who took him into their home, mentioned that he was suffering from depression over the loss of his Mom around November 2017 but they were making plans to find a counselor for him.

I have been wondering if the mass shooter had been taking anti-depressant medication while or before he went on his killing spree.

Florida’s police chief and governor

Here’s the rest of the story…

In late 2012, The Citizens Commission On Human Rights Florida published the following commentary, “ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE A PRESCRIPTION FOR MASS SHOOTINGS”

“Before the late nineteen eighties, mass shootings and acts of senseless violence were relatively unheard of.  Prozac, the most well known SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant, was not yet on the market.  When Prozac did arrive, it was marketed as a panacea for depression which resulted in huge profits for its manufacturer Eli Lilly. Of course other drug companies had to create their own cash cow and followed suit by marketing their own SSRI antidepressants.”

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“Subsequently, mass shootings and other violent incidents started to be reported.  More often than not, the common denominator was that the shooters were on an antidepressant, or withdrawing from one.  This is not about an isolated incident or two but numerous shootings.  The question is, during the past twenty years is the use of antidepressants here a coincidence or a causation?”

“There have been too many mass shootings for it just to be a coincidence.  Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and a teacher at Columbine High School.   Eric was on Luvox, an antidepressant.  The Virginia Tech shooter killed thirty-two people and he was on an antidepressant.  While withdrawing from Prozac, Kip Kinkel murdered his mother and stepmother.  He then shot twenty-two classmates and killed two.  Jason Hoffman wounded five at his high school while he was on Effexor, also an antidepressant.  James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater this past summer and killed twelve people and wounded fifty-eight.  He was under the care of a psychiatrist but no information has been released as to what drug he must have been on. ”

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“Psychiatrists generally will tell you that these people were mentally ill and they weren’t treated in time or didn’t get enough help to prevent the tragedy. However, Dr. Peter Breggin, who is a psychiatrist, stated that depression rarely leads to violence and that it’s only since the SSRI’s came on the market that such mass shootings have taken place.”

In a study of thirty-one drugs that are disproportionately linked to reports of violence toward others, five of the top ten are antidepressants.  These are Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, Effexor and Pristiq.  Two other drugs that are for treating ADHD are also in the top ten which means these are being given to children who could then become violent.  One could conclude from this study alone that antidepressants cause both suicidal thoughts and violent behavior.  This is a prescription for mass shootings.”

“No one can talk their way out of explaining how a person who is previously non-violent and given antidepressants suddenly becomes violent or suicidal.  There are multiple cases of children who have committed suicide days after starting to take an antidepressant.  In a YouTube video, various parents tell their story about what the antidepressants did to their kids.”

“A parent retells how his child couldn’t stand how the drugs made him feel and so he committed suicide.  Another parent is stuck with the image of his child running in front of a moving car because the child wanted to die.  Imagine calling 911 because your child is trying to kill herself when you know your child was not like that before taking the antidepressant.  Imagine what you would feel like upon finding out that your child is the shooter in a murderous rampage on the school campus.”

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“While on a mix of antidepressants, sixteen year old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to school and held twenty-three students hostage.  His father said he was not a violent kid before he took the drugs but while on the medication he was volatile and susceptible to blind rage.  Cory does not remember anything other than waking up, not feeling so well and going back to bed.  The next thing he remembered was being in juvenile detention.  Luckily no one was hurt, but it could have become another mass shooting.”

“A Harvard psychiatrist closely monitors his patients as he has seen firsthand that those that were not suicidal before became agitated, restless and completely preoccupied with suicidal thoughts.  When these patients were taken off the drug, the thoughts went away.  Clearly this demonstrates it’s the drugs causing these violent feelings, not the mental health of the patient.”

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“They claim that these drugs are safe and effective but obviously they aren’t.  Doctors themselves may not be aware of the dangers of these drugs, but their patients are the ones who will suffer the consequences if they are not told of the potentially lethal side effects.  Doctors should at the very least go over the FDA Black Box warning which is on all antidepressants.  This warning states that there is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior by taking the drug.  Otherwise, doctors are pretty much pulling the trigger themselves so-to-speak.”

“The worst part is we are all being misled with false information in regards to “mental illness.”  Given the fact that there is not a single diagnostic test for depression or any other “mental disorder,” how can one even attempt to diagnose a “mental disorder” without a shred of scientific evidence to back it up?  Opinions about symptoms are not science! ”

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“The point is you can’t prescribe an antidepressant or any other psychiatric drug when you don’t know the cause of the symptoms.  Nothing ever gets treated, helped or fixed without a cause.  Instead, mind-altering drugs are being given to our future generation for no sensible or logical reason other than profits for pharmaceutical companies.  The only result is dead bodies from mass shootings and that is truly senseless.  Check it out for yourself and watch the YouTube video.  Check out the list of school incidents linked to SSRIs below.  Ensure your children are safe!”

Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violence |

Top Ten Legal Drugs Linked to Violent Behavior – Dr. Mercola/ 2011

Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs: the connection « Jon Rappoport blog …2/22/18


  1. There does seem to be a strong correlation between taking SSRIs and suicide/ mass shootings. Of course the FDA and drug manufacturers deny any such claim. Who are you gonna believe? Just follow the money.


    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      There is a Physician’s Desk reference called the PDR which lists the possible negative reactions. I am of the school where everyone should be fully informed.
      For example the PDF would detail the following for PROZAC (fluoxetine/ BOXED WARNING )

      Children, growth inhibition, suicidal ideation

      Fluoxetine is approved for the treatment of depression in children 8 years of age and older, and for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children 7 years of age and older. The safety and effectiveness of fluoxetine in younger children have not been established. In October 2004, the FDA directed manufacturers of all antidepressants to include a boxed warning detailing the risk of suicide in pediatric patients. A causal role has been established for antidepressants in inducing suicidality in pediatric patients. The risk of suicidality for these drugs was identified in a pooled analysis of 24 placebo-controlled trials (n=4400) lasting up to 16 weeks in pediatric patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders. The analysis showed a greater risk of suicidality during the first few months of treatment in those receiving antidepressants (SSRIs and others). The average risk of such events on drug was 4% and 2% for placebo; however, no suicides occurred in these trials. Pooled analysis of short-term clinical trials during early phase treatment with SSRIs and other antidepressants in young adults (18 to 24 years) also showed an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. The clinical need for an antidepressant in children or young adults for any use must be weighed against the risk of increased suicidality; patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior, particularly within the first few months of starting therapy or at the time of dose increase or decrease. It is unknown if the suicidality risk in children and young adults extends to longer-term therapy (i.e., beyond several months). The possibility of a suicide attempt is inherent in patients with depressive symptoms, whether these occur in primary depression or in association with another primary disorder. All patients with a history of suicidal ideation or behaviors and those with a prominence of suicidal ideation prior to treatment are considered at an increased risk for suicidal ideation or attempts, and should be closely monitored during treatment with fluoxetine. In patients who exhibit changes in symptoms, worsening of depression or emergent suicidality, a decision should be made to change or discontinue treatment. If discontinuing, medication should be tapered as rapidly as possible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can also cause adverse symptoms. All antidepressants should be prescribed in the smallest quantity consistent with good patient management in order to reduce the risk of overdose. The potential for growth inhibition in pediatric patients should be monitored during SSRI therapy. Monitor height and weight periodically while the patient is receiving fluoxetine. Data are inadequate to determine whether the chronic use of SSRIs causes long-term growth inhibition; however, decreased weight gain has been observed in children and adolescents receiving fluoxetine.

      You are right about the powerful Pharma lobby.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • If the studies are to be believed, then 4% chance of negative side effects aren’t too bad. There are natural studies that show taking the mineral magnesium has better results than SSRIs, with minimal side effects. The worse being loose stools, but no suicidal tendencies, weight gain, or depression. Does it sound weird that one of the side effects of antidepressants is depression???


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