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If You Have These Genes, Antidepressant Drugs Can Trigger Impulsive Violence

If You Have These Genes, Antidepressant Drugs Can Trigger Impulsive Violence

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  • Since the late 1980s, there have been frequent reports of increased violent behavior, including homicides and suicides, among individuals taking antidepressant drugs
  • A newly published study provides a plausible theory about how a genetic mutation in the CYP450 gene family can cause a metabolic disturbance resulting in uncontrollable violent impulses and behaviors in some individuals taking these drugs, which establishes the link between the drugs and the violent impulses
  • “Homicidal akathisia” is an extreme motor restlessness sometimes caused by antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs that is thought to underlie these violent outbursts
  • Depression and other emotional disturbances can be safely and effectively treated by an energy psychology technique called EFT, which a growing number of scientific studies are showing to be incredibly effective; EFT is even more effective when combined with healthy diet and lifestyle choices

By Dr. Mercola

More than a decade ago, Dr. Yolande Lucire started noticing high rates of hospital admission and suicide among patients treated with antidepressant medications and antipsychotics.


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