But then, it turned out that the blaze that killed five people in Jerusalem on January 1, 2017 wasn’t so straightforward. Rumours started to circulate that the mother - who had apparently been suffering from post-partum depression and was under psychiatric care - had killed her own children before killing herself.
Which is when I started to feel sick to my stomach about what had occurred, because depression doesn’t turn otherwise loving orthodox Jewish mothers into psychotic child-killers - but anti-depressants can do just that.
If this sounds a little incredible to you - I mean, there are BIG PSYCHIATRISTS lining up all over the place to reassure everyone that the pills are a harmless boon to society, and that the side-effects are nothing to worry about, and that anti-depressants (SSRIs) are only always about saving people’s lives - please read the following:
“In November 1991, 66-year-old Barbara Mortenson attacked her 81-year-old mother, biting her more than 20 times and leaving chunks of flesh strewn on the floor. Barbara had been taking Prozac for the previous two weeks.
Kristine Marie Cushing, age 39, had been separated from her husband for several months. In October 1991, she took a .38-caliber pistol and shot and killed both of her children, Elizabeth age 8, and Stephanie Marie, age 4, while they lay sleeping in their beds, then shot herself, inflicting a non-fatal wound.
Prosecutors stated that they "couldn't find one iota of information to show that she was anything but a very giving, caring and sweet human being." After a plea of insanity, she was committed to a mental institution. What made her snap? She had been taking Prozac.
Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?, has been studying the violent, dark side of SSRI drugs for ten years.
She has researched 32 murder/suicides that involved women and their children. By interviewing their families and studying autopsy reports, news accounts and medical histories, she has determined that in 24 of these 32 cases, the women were taking Prozac or another SSRI.”
Here’s the uncomfortable truth that so many of us would prefer to ignore and overlook when it comes to anti-depressants and other legal ‘mood’ medications:
- They are drugs - just like marijuana, cocaine and LSD (in fact, LSD was another drug originally invented by Eli Lilly in the 1950s, and marketed even back then as an ‘aid’ to psychoanalysis, a cure for alcoholism, and a way to ‘cure’ mental illness….)
- They seriously alter the internal chemistry of the brain, and can cause psychosis in otherwise non-psychotic people.
But then, anti-depressants started messing with their brain chemistry and over the course of 60 years, from 1955 to present day, the rates of ‘manic depression’ in the populace (which has now been renamed ‘bi-polar disorder’) shot up from one in 13,000 people to one in every forty people (in the US…).
There are no quick fixes when it comes to spiritual and mental health, there are no ‘magic bullets’ for depression and other emotional issues. I know that psychiatry says different - and that there are even some very chashuv, apparently frum psychiatrists telling their patients that mental illnesses like depression are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
But that’s a lie.
A huge lie.
Drug use causes people to turn into psychos. Drug use changes the way a person’s brain works, and blurs the line between reality and imagination in terrifying ways - and that holds true even when the drug is being ‘prescribed’, instead of being scored on a street corner.
“BUT ANTI-DEPRESSANTS WORK AND ARE SAVING PEOPLE’S LIVES!!!”
(I thought I’d save the peanut gallery the chore of having to tell me that….)
Deborah Amos of ABC news: "These depression fighting pills are 60 - 70% effective in bringing relief according to the medical literature. But Thomas Moore, who studies drugs at George Washington University, says the numbers are misleading"
Thomas Moore: "Millions of Americans believe that the benefits of these drugs are much greater than they are"
Deborah Amos: "To investigate, Moore analyzed all drug company tests on five major drugs submitted to the FDA prior to market approval: for Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Serzone and Prozac. The effectiveness of the drug was measured against a placebo or sugar pill."
Thomas Moore: "The effect of antidepressants drugs on depression is only very little different than the effect of a completely inactive placebo."
Deborah Amos: "The highlight of Moore's finding is the case of Prozac with more than $2 billion dollars in U.S. Sales. About 90% of Prozac's overall effectiveness is about the same as patients taking nothing stronger than a sugar pill…."
"…It suggests that the frontline of treatment for depression should be psychological rather than chemical."
In a nutshell: any benefit from SSRIs is solely a placebo affect that could be achieved by a harmless sugar pill. So why don’t shrinks prescribe sugar pills instead of Prozac? Answer: Because then the drug companies (and the shrinks…) wouldn’t make any money.
Also, read this:
“According to David Healy, author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in the field of psychiatry, as well as the author of several books, SSRIs are responsible for triggering some 4,000 additional suicides annually in both the U.S. and Europe. This figure is based on clinical trial data that Healy gained access to that was never publicly released, but of which drug companies are fully aware.
“There is no research evidence to suggest that anyone’s life is saved by taking an antidepressant but if there are lives saved the research makes it clear that for every life saved there must be another lost,” reads a report he compiled. “There are probably something between 1,000 [and] 1,500 extra suicides in the U.S. each year, triggered by an antidepressant — an extra 2,000 to 2,500 in Europe.”
I write a lot more about these topics over on spiritual self-help, but in the next post, I want to come back to the spiritual causes of emotional problems like depression, and show how only a spiritual response is going to really solve the problem.
(All this stuff is directly related to the ‘NiBIRUR’ phenomenon I wrote about in the last post.)
I know it’s hard to read, but God forbid that any more Jewish mothers should be unwittingly turned into potentially murderous psychos by their prescription medication.
Following on from Myrtle Rising's comments about the links between SSRIs and mass shootings, see the following:
Article on Dr Mercola's site about how a Canadian court ruled anti-depressants are causing teens to kill
And this 'Corbett Report' video called: 'Medicated to death: SSRIs and mass killings'