Was Adam Lanza On Psychopharmaceutical Medication?

At the Daily Kos, it is argued that Adam Lanza might very well have been on some form of psychopharmaceutical medication before his rampage in Newtown, CT, which started with his mother and ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

According to a neighbor of Adam Lanza he was on medication for some type of personality disorder.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/…

Yesterday, I speculated that AP reports of his condition suggested to me he was medicated for it.  I sloppily slung together a diary trying to force my concerns to the surface and the diary didn’t get the kind of attention I feel this topic deserves.

I am deeply troubled by the potential toxic side effects of long-term prescription drug use of psychotropics.

First, drugs are typically approved based on clinical trials of adults with fully developed brains.  A child may be prescribed psychotropics as young as age 5.

http://www.nytimes.com/…

I challenge anyone to locate a significant peer-reviewed clinical trial of psychotropics where all test subjects are pre-pubescent.

Whereas antipsychotic drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children; the FDA’s “black box warning” states antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders; and drug safety experts have recommended additional “black box” warnings be placed on ADHD drugs: for the increased risk of stroke and heart attack;

http://www.petitiononline.com/…

Second, duration of testing on subjects does not span several years.  Although FDA approval may take up to 8 years from drug synthesis to market, actual prescription schedules in studies do not sustain beyond typical usage periods in the real world.

It’s possible that we are rearing a generation of children who are the very first to be put on psychotropics so early and so long…

[continues at the Daily Kos]

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  • 5by5

    Was he on something? Probably.

    The last time I went to a doctor, the part of the consultation that floored me was how astonished the doctor was when I responded that I wasn’t on ANY sort of medication for anything (beyond the occasional aspirin for headaches).

    This wasn’t because he felt I had left something untreated, it was because this young doctor was literally EXPECTING that I would be on SOMETHING, because that’s how we “fix” everything these days. MOST of his patients are on SOMETHING. Just medicate it — that’s the ‘answer’ — when that may not be the proper solution at all. It’s just a knee-jerk thing culturally anymore.

    And it has a snowball effect due to each medication’s side effects, many of which are worse than the original problem the drug was intended to treat.

  • geminihigh

    I vividly recall getting so nauseated seeing a brochure in the waiting room of a shrink’s office for an epidermal patch that dispensed Straterra. The brochure said the patch was approved for children as young as 3. Fucking 3 years old! I asked the doctor as to what the fuck were they thinking when they concocted this idea (a crime if there ever was one), and he cautiously said that it would be pretty rare and in extreme instances where he personally would prescribe such a patch to a young child. I left his office, and, for the first time in my life, actually contemplated if Scientology had any validity to it after all. Hubbard, IMO, is among the worst scoundrels of the 20th century, but his assessment of the state and nature of psychiatry was pretty damn spot on! Children are being experimented on everyday, and those running the experiments get funding from test subjects’ parents. My wish is that those behind the experimentation had to serve just a year in federal prison. They wouldn’t survive a week when the general pop found out what they had been doing to innocent children.

    Just look into Adam Lanza’s eyes. Its scary when I think back to high school, because I remember seeing that look in people’s eyes every day walking down the halls. Its a symptom of having your soul stolen from you, day by day. Personally I think pharms had a large part to play, but as tidbits of (dis)info come out about him, it seems to me that he fits a classic profile of mind control via MPD.

  • dumbsaint

    Perhaps ADD is part of what broke him in the first place rather than the
    drugs used in an effort to maintain it?

    It’s easy to buy into the stigma and shrug off Attention Disorders as
    frivolous. I did until my late 20s when I was diagnosed with it.
    Thankfully for me, that diagnosis was helpful, and through coaching and
    stimulants, I manage to live quite well. Understanding how my brain
    works in an abnormal fashion allowed me to develop strategies to work
    around the pitfalls and succeed. Prior too that my life was an
    unmitigated hell of destructive impulses, thankfully directed at myself.

    So, this fucker may well have had ADD too. It doesn’t excuse or explain too much but it certainly wouldn’t have helped matters if he did. He likely had a whole host of issues. Let’s not lay the blame for what he did on some pill likely prescribed in an effort to prevent the shithead from cracking further. Scaring people away from mental health is not the answer.

    • lazy_friend

      stimulants are for short term use only.

      • dumbsaint

        Thanks for the hot tip, rogue doctor of the internet.

        • lazy_friend

          Its just a fact, they burn you out because of the effect on various neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain. No such thing as a free lunch when it comes to stimulants, the body will regulate itself from them sooner or later, causing tolerance and addiction. For long term use they actually make ADD worse and can be quite addicting, the obvious example is adderal. There are drugs that truly can address ADD but doctors don’t seem to want to share the info, stimulants just cover the symptoms, flooding the system mainly with dopamine, but can cause heart attack and stroke, while making ADD worse, due to down regulation in the brain. I am not trying to troll and rain on your parade here, I am glad stimulants make you feel alive again, but they do more harm than good in the long run, the NFL bans Adderal and other stimulants because it burns players out after the initial burst of performance from a dopamine flood. I have ADD symptoms and debated with myself a long time when it comes to stimulants, so I decided to research what they do to the brain before I take them. They are a no no, and only for your worse cases, only for short term relief. Research Choline CDP, Rhodiola Rosea and drugs called Racetams among other Nootropics, they have a mild stimulant feel but some like Choline CDP actually increase the receptor density in the brain, instead of just flooding the system with reward neurotransmitters, they work on the long term when optimal dosage is achieved, and the toxicology report on them show very low if any toxicity in proper doses and even mega dose, but thats not price effective. They wont give you the superman feel that harsh stimulants do, but allow you to stay at a normal level and can actually protect certain tissues in the brain. There is extensive research on this, but its not advertised to the layman. ADD is a problem with the brains rewards system, since there is a disorder or down regulation there, its hard to pay attention to things that do not make your feel good or stimulate you in any significant way and with ADD almost nothing does. No need for sarcasm, stimulants can make one feel unnaturally confident as well, but there will come a time when you will need to pay the piper, the research is there for everyone to see. If ADD is coupled with depression, the herb “St. Johns Wort” works due to its active ingredient Hypericin, which gives mild side effects if any, the worse I find is fatigue but my mood is still up even if I am tired, and it usually happens when you need a break from the supplement. Doctors prescribe controlled stimulants because big pharma has a tight grip on them due to FDA regulation and that means big profits and corporations do lobby and bribe doctors in the chase for profits. It pays to know what the drugs we ingest do to our bodies. Upgrade your brain matter. Choline CDP is very affordable and is usually coupled with Racetams like Piracetam (which has been used by some college students since their invention in the 1960s to increase focus during exams but the Info is not shown by conventional western doctors. You docta yet?) and really starts working after a month, but will give you an immediate sensation and focus the first time you take it, but the true enhancing effects come after a month or two of daily doses. The proper dose of Choline CDP for me is 500mg to 750mg daily. For people who don’t respond well to choline cdp they can try Alpha-GPC, which is another choline compound (neurology is still cutting edge). Rhodiola Rosea will give you an instant boost of focus but can create tolerance due to its effects on dopamine, but you can take a break when your brain needs to upregulate receptors and neurotransmitters to reach homeostasis. Its a herb that has been used for centuries in mother russia to combat the depression, lack of motivation and the hard life winter brings, it also can combat everyday fatigue. Wiki is for superficial research but its a start http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic. I hope it helps if you decide to read more into it. With all respect, just a tip from a lazy friend who could not focus on anything, until I started taking actions into my own hands. Happy new year. I hope you can see from the tone of my post that I am serious and not trolling. I find these supplements to be very occult, until someone or something initiates you to their existence and you can buy them in bulk powders, fill your own gel caps, saving everyone money, while stimulating growth in the industry and keeping big pharma in check. Study everything. I am all for mental health but hash stimulants are not the answer, just more snake oil. Nootropics you can try for yourself since they are not toxic, and not heavily regulated for some reason. Make up your own mind. There is no need to defend your stance if you know it to be true, I do not mean any disrespect or to come off as a know it all, this is all I know… well I know some sports trivia too.

        • lazy_friend

          Now to get real nerdy…
          Citicoline or Choline CDP is an intermediate in membrane phospholipid synthesis that has been extensively assessed in acute stroke clinical trials demonstrating benefits.18–21 Using diffusion-weighted MRI, Warach et al21 demonstrated significant reduction in lesion volume growth and lesion volume from week 1 to week 12 in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with citicoline within the first 24 hours after stroke onset. A marked association was found between lesion volume reduction and improvement of NIHSS score by 7 points.

          Citicoline, also known as cytidine-5′-diphosphate-choline, isa naturally occurring endogenous nucleoside that functions asan intermediate in 3 major metabolic pathways:22 (1) synthesisof phosphatidylcholine (lecithin), one of the major cell membranephospholipids with an important role in the formation of lipoproteins(citicoline formation is the rate-limiting step in the synthesisof phosphatidylcholine in neuronal membranes and microsomalphospholipids); (2) citicoline provides choline for acetylcholinesynthesis and could limit choline availability for membranesynthesis;23 and (3) oxidation to betaine, a methyl donor. Themain components of citicoline, choline, and cytidine are readilyabsorbed in the gut and cross the blood–brain barrier.24 As a dietary supplement, choline is grouped with the B vitamins;24 a related product, choline alphoscerate, has been used lessfrequently.25 In animal studies, citicoline is biologicallyactive, enhances repair of ischemic neuronal injury, and increaseslevels of acetylcholine and dopamine.23 In aged animals, citicolineincreased dopamine release, improving learning and memory tasks26 protecting against cognitive impairment in a rat model ofchronic cerebral hypoperfusion.27 In an experimental strokemodel, Hurtado et al28 showed that citicoline can produce re-growthof dendritic spines, which correlated with functional recovery.Using phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Silveri etal29 showed in elderly human subjects that citicoline treatmentfor 6 weeks produced significant increases in frontal lobe (anteriorcingulate cortex) phosphocreatine (+17%), β-nucleosidetriphosphates (largely ATP in the brain [+14%]), and in theratio of phosphocreatine to inorganic phosphate (+32%). Also,significant increase in membrane phospholipids was demonstrated.

  • BuzzCoastin

    “Just say no.” Nancy Raygun

  • marklar_primus

    Of course he was http://www.businessinsider.com/adam-lanza-taking-antipsychotic-fanapt-2012-12

    All of these school/mall shooters are on psychotropic or most often just coming off them. A persons emotions are bound to be overwhelming when they come off a drug that numbs them emotionally. If you are right to feel angery, fearful, betrayed, hurt and it is supressed by drugs then you suddenly stop the drugs all those feelings hitting you at once are bound to drive you to be 10x as psychotic as you ever were before starting the drugs.

    Suicides on the other hand often take place just as someone is starting these horrible pharmaceuticals which is likely why more of our troops are dying of suicide than from enemy fire.

    Don’t ban guns, ban SSRIs.

  • echar

    Maybe it is the imbalance in society and the struggle to thrive. Perhaps it is future shock. Perhaps we’ll never know.

  • XF Pine

    The idea of “healthcare” has become so reckless with the explosion of meds in our modern culture. I’ve witnessed first hand when easy psychoactive prescriptions turn people into strangers with odd impulses. Then there is no close monitoring. These are powerful drugs. The lack of discussion in the pharma supported mainstream media on this subject is so disturbing. So much so that Scientologists seem to fill the void. !? It is truly like a dystopian sci-fi novel. Maybe Sandy Hook will be a tipping point in the discussion. It has to be. Or maybe everyone will forget after a month and move onto the next drama.

    Perhaps Lanza threw away evidence of his meds as he trashed his computers. Why isn’t the media reporting on who is doctor(s) were?

  • http://twitter.com/c_buentello unk_anon

    Confessions of a RX Drug Pusher – Gwen Olsen….very insightful book regarding SSRI and how big pharma continues to profit off deception and over diagnosis.