Dr. David Healy is a renowned Irish Psychiatrist who many people consider the guardian angel of patients on SSRI drugs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors). This controversial and widely used group of psychiatric medications, that includes Prozac and Paxil, has been linked to mass murder, suicides and serious violence; especially when they are given to teenagers. Dr Healy exposed the profit motive behind the overuse of these drugs in his highly important book, Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression, and in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, he has become a go to guy for interviews on a possible connection between gun violence and SSRIs.
Yesterday, WND, controversial in their own right for their extremely conservative philosophy of government and their remarkable dislike of Barack Obama, published an interview with Dr. Healy on the topic of mass murder, gun control, and the use of SSRIs on hyperactive kids. The interview was conducted by Dr. Jerome Corsi, who is both admired and despised for his claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen, and therefore, not the legitimate President of the United States.
To his great credit, Dr. Healy did not permit himself to be sucked into the gun owner vs. gun grabber debate. He bluntly told Dr. Corsi, “”I’m not going to come over here and talk to the United States about what the right kind of gun laws are, that’s for you guys to work out,” and stayed on the topic of the use or abuse of potentially harmful psychiatric drugs.
What he did say to Dr. Corsi and what he has been saying for years in his speeches, his lectures, his articles and his books, should be of enormous concern to every single family in America. He spoke at length about the risks involved in prescribing these drugs to teenagers and young adults while their bodies are still growing and their minds are still developing.
Although Dr. Healy readily acknowledges that there are legitimate uses for SSRIs for serious medical and mental health issues, he is alarmed by excessive use of a class of drugs that he feels should be used for only the most serious emotional illnesses and primarily given to adults. There are literally billions of dollars at stake and it is an inescapable fact that it is to the advantage of extremely powerful drug companies to do everything in their power to convince as many doctors as possible to prescribe these drugs for an astonishing range medical issues.
In his work, Dr. Healy clearly demonstrated that major pharmaceutical companies have done their utmost to convince doctors to write as many prescriptions as possible for SSRIs, while doing their damnedest to keep any discussion of potential side effects to an absolute minimum. The money rolls in, research papers are ghost written by medical authors with ties to the drug companies, and some of the kids who are given the drugs make headlines as suicides and mass murderers.
The story follows an alarming and familiar pattern. Hyperactive teenagers are prescribed these drugs by overworked school psychiatrists, and when parents object, they may be threatened with visits from social services or the expulsion of their child. The resources to do a full medical and psychiatric workup on a kid in one of America’s overcrowded public school are simply not available, so the easy solution is to write a prescription and put the child in a dazed state of compliance.
Sometimes that drug induced fog may give way to another state of mind that is truly terrifying. Dr. Healy was quite blunt in his comments about the links between the recent mass murders and SSRIs:
“When roughly nine out of every 10 cases in these school shootings and mass shootings involve these drugs being prescribed, then at least a significant proportion of these cases were either caused by the drugs or the drugs made a significant contribution to the problem.”
The level of senseless violence, sudden suicide and mass murder being committed by teenagers and young adults in America is reaching epidemic proportions. The need to honestly evaluate the proper use of SSRIs and confirm any potential links to aggression is too important to let the subject dissolve into a partisan debate on gun control. In order to get to the heart of this serious medical issue, The Inquisitr extended an invitation to Dr. Healy to participate in a no holds barred interview with Wolff Bachner and he has graciously accepted.
Our interview with Dr.Healy will take place later this week and when it is completed, we will be sharing it with our readers. Dr. Healy will be given a forum to tell you what these drugs are, how and when they should be used, and what dangers come with their use. Dr. Healy is one of the few doctors who is willing to break the seal of silence that surrounds the world of medicine and risk the wrath of the world’s most powerful corporations to find safe and effective treatments for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. We look forward to sharing his insights and wisdom with you.