The Connection to Killers and Terrorists
In recent years, we have been rocked several times by terrorist attacks. You will remember the series of mass shootings and suicide bombings in Paris (2015) that claimed the lives of 130 people, the bombings in Brussels, Belgium, (2016), the truck that drove into the celebrating crowd on the boulevard in Nice, France, on July 14 of the same year and the attack Christmas market Berlin, Germany (2016). 2017 was also a year of tragedies with the Manchester Arena bombing, the London Bridge attack (2017), both in the UK, and the Barcelona, Spain, attacks. Psychotropic drugs (psychiatric medications), particularly antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics, or anti-anxiety drugs, play an important but veiled role in this madness. Such means can create insane terrorists who use bomb vests, automatic firearms, and trucks to kill innocent bystanders.
By C.F. van der Horst
December 21, 2016, updated September 1, 2022
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Psychopharmaceuticals Take Their Toll
The use of psychopharmaceuticals by terrorists is an unexposed aspect of all these atrocities. Someone with a little compassion for his fellow man does not put on a bomb vest, empty his rifle on a crowd or drive with a truck into a partying crowd. People become killers only when all feelings and fears are blocked. So how can this nonetheless happen?
The Risks of Antidepressants and Other Psychiatric Drugs
The book Deadly Lies: How Doctors and Patients Are Deceived describes in detail the sense and nonsense of antidepressants and related drugs. There appears to be hardly any scientific basis for their use, and the results are no better than those of a placebo. There are, however, great risks involved.
These risks were already being exploited at the time of wars. Hitler made his soldiers take Pervitin (methamphetamine) to suppress their fear and emotions, turning them into dangerous and relentless fighting machines. Pervitin’s precursor, Philopon or Hiropon, was manufactured in pure crystal form by Japanese researchers in 1919. During World War II, kamikaze pilots used the drug to suppress their emotions before crashing their bomber planes into American warships.
The use of psychiatric drugs to turn people into unscrupulous killers has been emulated in our time. ISIS also deploys these psychopharmaceuticals to create terrorist killers. For example, CBS News reported on 15-year-old Kareem Mufleh fighting for ISIS. “He claims that ISIS gave him the anti-anxiety drug Zolam before he went in to battle. ‘That drug makes you lose your mind,’ he said. ‘If they give you a suicide belt and tell you to blow yourself up, you’ll do it.'”
Antipsychotics, antidepressants and possibly other psychiatric drugs cause a tremendous restlessness known as acathisia. This restlessness, with a feeling of wanting to jump out of your skin, often leads to suicide and homicide. This is exacerbated because antidepressants turn off emotions. This can cause one to do things to oneself or others that one would never consider doing without medication. Organizations like ISIS take advantage of this deadly combination and create unfeeling and unscrupulous killers. Exactly what we saw between 2015 and 2018 in the examples given earlier.
Antidepressants, SSRIs, Suicide and Homicide
One type of antidepressants, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is known to drive people to murder and suicide. There are thousands of news stories of people killed by violence as a result of psychiatric medication. To illustrate, the following is a list of just a few cases. The list could have been much longer.
- In 2009, it was found that the woman who killed her husband and daughter with an axe in the town of Badhoevedorp, Netherlands, was under the influence of the antidepressant paroxetine (US: Paxil; UK: Seroxat). After her horrific act, she tried to take her own life by driving into a tree. After reviewing her medical records, clinical pharmacologist Anton Loonen said, “If she had not taken Seroxat, it probably would not have resulted in such a strong discharge of aggression and the likelihood of it happening would have been significantly reduced.”
- Before Tristan van der Vlis committed the massacre in Alphen aan de Rijn in 2011, he had been on psychiatric medication, including antidepressants, for six years. The link between these drugs and the shooting has never been exposed.
- The killer of ex-minister Els Borst, Bart van Urk, has a psychiatric background. From random samples, it appears that even within the time frame of the very first interview, a psychiatrist prescribes their client antidepressants or another psychiatric drug. No doubt that’s why Bart got them.
- The driver who crashed a bus full of schoolchildren in a Swiss tunnel in 2012 was also under the influence of antidepressants. 22 dead and 24 seriously injured children were the result. Dutch daily De Telegraaf wrote: “The driver is known to have had mental health problems and was taking antidepressants.” It is suspected that the Belgian driver committed suicide by deliberately driving the bus head-on into the tunnel wall.
- Just before Christmas 2012, a Dutch mother under the influence of antidepressants choked her infant son, only to take her 7-year-old daughter into the car and drive into a deep ditch. Her lawyer said she had never had the impulses that drove her to these terrible acts before. According to him, they started after she was taking SSRIs, De Telegraaf reported. The newspaper reported, “Antidepressants can be assassins. The drugs’ side effects have been scientifically proven to drive users to suicide and extreme aggression and unprecedented violence toward others. But the pharmaceutical companies conceal these side effects in the package inserts.”
- The Apeldoorn woman who killed her son and daughter with a knife in 2013 was also under the influence of the antidepressant paroxetine.
- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who crashed his plane in 2015, was found to have done so under the influence of antidepressants. Daily De Volkskrant reported, “Investigators believe that 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered several severe depressions, locked himself in the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into the Alps. As a result, all 150 occupants were killed.” And a little further into the article, akathisia is described: “Among other things, Lubitz admits that the antidepressant he takes makes him restless.”
- Belgian triathlete Sofie Goos was stabbed in the back with a knife by a psychiatric patient under the influence of antidepressants in May 2016.
- In July 2016, a psychiatric patient in Germany blew himself up with a backpack bomb. The newspaper Trouw wrote, “He was psychologically confused and had previously made two suicide attempts,” but the newspaper neglects to mention the inevitable psychiatric medication he received.
- Also in the summer of 2016, an 18-year-old man in Munich killed nine bystanders and wounded 27 before killing himself. Trouw reported that the shooter suffered from depression. If someone is given such a label, it means they are treated by a psychiatrist, and that is done, unfortunately of course, with antidepressants and other psychiatric medications.
- De Volkskrant headlined in spring 2017, “Relationship between aggression and pill in offender proven.” It involved a Frisian who, while under the influence of paroxetine, shot three people in the spring of 2008, one of whom died.
Antidepressants Don’t Work
Danish professor Peter Gøtzsche described psychiatric drugs in De Volkskrant as “a disaster for health care, because antidepressants do more harm than good.” According to Dr. Peter Gøtzsche, the drugs work no better than a placebo at all and are prescribed far too often. Moreover, they have harmful side effects.
The shocking documentary Making a Killing describes the basis on which this medication is prescribed and how the drugs can incite violence. The video report shows interviews with numerous experts and does an excellent job of documenting the background of psychiatric drugs: how they are marketed, what is behind them and their consequences. Highly recommended!
There is another terrible aspect to using antidepressants: they are addictive and discontinuing them is agonizing. The feelings released in that process can drive a person to madness.
Stopping Anti-depressants May Induce Violence
Harvard University warns of the symptoms associated with withdrawal from antidepressants. These include sleep problems, agitation, anxiety, ups and downs, depression, irritability, confusion, paranoid feelings, suicidal tendencies, pain, numbness, hypersensitivity to sound and a feeling of an electric shock through your head—so-called ‘brain-zaps.’ These can all contribute to senseless violence and terrorist acts.
Tapering off requires enormous willpower and should be done under supervision. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin gives good advice on how best to do this.
Issues such as military use of methamphetamine, the potentially very serious effects of antidepressants, acathisia, and tips for mental health issues are covered in detail in C.F. van der Horst’s latest book, The Hidden Horrors of Psychiatry. Infiltrating the School System, Businesses and Your Home.
The Creation of Killers
With more and more people taking antidepressants (Over a million people in the Netherlands alone), an army of potential killers is being created. The excesses are increasingly visible. Until the 1980s, killings and assassinations occurred only in the US. Nowadays, one regularly hears about such atrocities in Holland. This development runs parallel to the use of psychiatric drugs, which has increased alarmingly since the 1980s. Antidepressants and other psychiatric medications can turn people into unscrupulous killers.
Urge your elected representative to ban psychiatric drugs. Not only do they not work, but they are extremely dangerous.
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