THE HIDDEN GORILLA – PROFESSOR HEALY

Dr Healy has written the most amazing piece entitled The Hidden Gorilla.

 

He quite rightly states that “Most drugs that can cause suicide, including the antidepressants, mood-stablizers, antipsychotics, smoking cessation drugs and others, can also cause violence.  The akathisia, psychotic decompensation or emotional disinhibition thse drugs trigger that lead some to suicide, lead others to violence (see Healy et al 2006).”   How very true!

 

A medical blind spot:

 

“There is some awareness that these drugs can cause suicide but considerable resistance to the idea.   There is less awareness and even greater resistance to the idea that they can cause violence.  Treatment induced violence lies in a medical blind spot – no doctor wants to contemplate the possibility that he/she may have had a role in the deaths of innocent third parties.”    VERY TRUE!!

“This may be the grim prospect facing Dr Lynne Fenton.  Dr Fenton we are told had been seeing James Holmes, the killer at Dark Knight Rises in Aurora and had seen him just a week before the killings.  Given the current reliance of American medicine on medications it seems likely that medications are involved in the Aurora case.” 

 

“But in fact there is a great deal of publicly available clinical trial (Hammad 2004 p 40-41 and other data highlighting the risks of violence from psychotropic drugs.  There is far more hidden data.  There is in fact no other areaa of medicine in which there is so much hidden data on a risk that has consequences for the lives of so many innocent third parties.

 

Anyway the link to this informative article is http://davidhealy.org/the-hidden-gorilla

 

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