I'm just a mom in Minneapolis who had a really tough year. I don't know anyone at Genesight. I'm not paid by them. I just want to spread the word that genetic testing for dangers and efficacy of psychiatric medication is NOW AVAILABLE AND SHOULD BE USED before starting any new medications.
Update: February 10, 2018
Update: February 10, 2018
In the news today: Las Vegas shooter had anti-anxiety medication in his system. I'm not surprised.https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/09/us/stephen-paddock-autopsy-las-vegas/index.html
This was written right after LA School Shooting February 1.
Yet again, another school shooting....and nobody's talking about the shooter's brain health...they're focused on gun control (which of course IS much needed!!!!)
But so is brain health. Please read the following articles and watch the videos that are rarely highlighted in the news because we're so busy fighting for or against gun control when we should also be talking about brain health:
I hope you'll read all of this and my family's story to read about the ability and importance of GENETIC TESTING before use of psychiatric medications.
IF you're taking a psychiatric medication, don't stop! IF you or a loved one is considering the use of an anti-depressant, I can't tell you how much I suggest taking this test before taking any medication. I sure wish our family had (READ MORE HERE). There is risk involved in not taking care of our brain health too. Medication is so helpful to so many people and it's important not to underestimate or avoid psychiatric treatment...with this test, you can zero in on which medication will be helpful and which will be harmful.
Untreated anxiety and depression is just as bad! When you read this story, you will find that because of the Black Box warnings on SSRIs, many parents chose not to treat their children's psychiatric illnesses and the suicide rate, which had been going down, began to go up again. There are more options than SSRIs to treat depression and untreated depression and anxiety is no good either.
HERE WE GO! Have you ever realized all of the connections between gun violence and psychiatric medication?
SSRI Stories: Antidepressant Nightmares - SSRI Stories is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights
Citizens Commission on Human Rights
There are so many shootings and stories that examine the psychiatric medications involved. I tried my best to round up as many as I could....
The Real Lesson of Columbine: Psychiatric Drugs Induce Violence - "A growing number of school shootings and other shooting rampages were committed by individuals under the influence of, or in withdrawal from, psychiatric drugs known to cause mania, psychosis, violence and even homicide. Consider this list of 13 massacres over the past decade or so, resulting in 54 dead and 105 wounded – and these are just the ones where the psychiatric drugs are known. In other cases, medical records were sealed or autopsy reports not made public or, in some cases, toxicology tests were either not done to test for psychiatric drugs or not disclosed to the public. But this is what we do know about the mental health “treatment” of those who committed these acts of violence:
Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 16 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system.
Omaha, Nebraska – December 5, 2007: 19-year-old Robert Hawkins killed eight people and wounded five before committing suicide in an Omaha mall. Hawkins’ friend told CNN that the gunman was on antidepressants, and autopsy results confirmed he was under the influence of the “anti-anxiety” drug Valium.
Jokela, Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
Cleveland, Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazodone.
Blacksburg, Virginia – April 16, 2007: 23-year-old Seung Hui Cho shot to death 32 students and faculty of Virginia Tech, wounding 17 more, and then killing himself. He had received prior mental health treatment, however his mental health records remained sealed.
Red Lake, Minnesota – March 2005: 16-year-old Jeff Weise, on Prozac, shot and killed his grandparents, then went to his school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation where he shot dead 7 students and a teacher, and wounded 7 before killing himself.
Greenbush, New York – February 2004: 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking “medication for depression”.
El Cajon, California – March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor, opened fire on his classmates, wounding three students and two teachers at Granite Hills High School.
Springfield, Oregon – May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been taking the antidepressant Prozac.
Notus, Idaho – April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a prescribed SSRI antidepressant and Ritalin.
Williamsport, Pennsylvania – March 7, 2001: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was taking the antidepressant Prozac when she shot at fellow students, wounding one.
Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Klebold’s medical records remain sealed.
Conyers, Georgia – May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.