The 39 year old Brisbane man who is currently on trial for raping and murdering his 10 year-old daughter had been committed to a psychiatric institution against his will and there, subjected to psychiatric “treatment”.   A little known fact is that psychiatric drugs can cause violence, homicidal and suicidal thoughts and actions as records obtained from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) reveal. According to these reports, obtained by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Australian subsidiary (CCHR), 

  • In 2006 a 25 year-old girl, on the antipsychotic Seroquel had the following experience: “The patient experienced homicidal ideation, suicidal ideation, a suicide attempt, auditory hallucinations.  She found herself at her parent’s house carrying a knife with the intention to kill them.”

  • Also in 2006, a 53 year-old woman tried to kill herself and her children and is quoted in the report as saying: “I never did that before I had the Efexor”.  Efexor is an antidepressant.

  • And again in 2006, a 35 year-old man who had suicidal and homicidal ideation is described in the TGA adverse reaction report as: “The patient experienced disassociation and murdered his wife whilst on Prozac”.

  • In recent years, Australian courts have ruled that these drugs were, in part, responsible for the murder of one 70 year old grandmother and the attempted murder of two children.  US courts have also recognized the dangers of such and made similar rulings.  

According to psychiatrist Joseph Glenmullen, people taking psychiatric drugs could “become very distraught … They feel like jumping out of their skin.  The irritability and impulsivity can make people suicidal or homicidal”.   “Psychiatry needs to be recognized for its involvement and made accountable?” says Ms Wilkins from CCHR. “There is something wrong with this picture: The psychiatric profession has continued to appropriate funding for the Mental Health System from the Australian Government yet  the “problem” keeps escalating.  The true cost is not dollars; it is people’s lives”. 

CCHR was founded by the Church of Scientology & Professor of Psychiatry, Dr Thomas Szasz in 1969 to investigate psychiatric violations against human rights. In Australia it is known as Citizens Committee on Human Rights.


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