Flight tragedy shows dangers of anti-depressants

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AFTER the Germanwings Flight 9525 flew into the Alps, the cause of violent and suicidal behaviour has again gone under the spotlight as the search for answers begins.

While there is never one simple explanation for what drives a human being to commit such an unspeakable act, all too often one common denominator surfaces.

That common denominator is prescribed psychiatric drugs, documented to cause mania, psychosis, violence, suicide or mental incompetence that they were prescribed to supposedly treat.

It has been reported that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been under psychiatric care, that he was being treated by several psychiatrists prior to the Alps crash, and that police found large amounts of medication prescribed to treat depression in the Düsseldorf flat where he lived.

That medication would most likely be anti-depressants.

Accordingly, in the wake of such a tragedy, there are those in the psychiatric industry who attempt to deflect attention.

President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Professor Simon Wessely was quick to stress there is not a link between depression and aggressive suicide.

What he failed to stress, however, is the link between prescribed psychiatric drugs such as anti-depressants and senseless violence and suicide.

There have been 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile shootings/killings tied to their use.

These warnings have been issued in the UK, Europe, the US, Japan, Australia and Canada.

The safety of psychiatric drugs, especially anti-depressants, has been questioned for years now.

With so many violent deaths and suicides linked to their use, public safety is being compromised.

It’s time for change.

Brian Daniels,

National Spokesperson,

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (United Kingdom),

East Grinstead.