Gun control or psychiatric drug control?

So of course the comments at the SF Chronicle's Web site are all aflame about gun control and immigration control, vis a vis Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech. But only one news outlet so far has reported that the gunman was on psychiatric medication and had been increasingly erratic the past number of weeks.

Psych drugs are a touchier subject than gun control and immigration combined. I was on one such drug one time in my whole life, after being victimized during a violent crime as an undergraduate. It was an anti-anxiety drug that caused an idiopathic reaction within me. To this day I'm convinced that only my camera saved my life; I could either kill myself, or take some pictures. Twisted pictures… a Barbie doll trying to off herself. A pencil in an electric pencil sharpener, spattered with stage blood and sporting a “Goodbye, Cruel World” sign.

I stopped taking the drugs that morning and found other ways to deal with the insomnia and anxiety. Audiogenic therapy worked great.

As I see it, the biggest problem with psychiatric medications is that everyone's body chemistry is different, and no matter how many people are in the FDA testing groups, they're never going to be able to test one of every person. And it only takes one person to have a bad reaction and cause a horrible tragedy.

2 thoughts on “Gun control or psychiatric drug control?

  1. Hi, Lynn–a great comment. I have so many mixed feelings about antidepressants–I see people who have been helped immensely, some who've become “flat,” a relative who crowed about how much Prozac helped her, yet it's affected her horrifically as she's aged.
    I hope you and your family have been okay during the storm. I know what it's like to be stuck inside with a little kid (actually, at one time, four of them).

  2. Thanks, Ms. Strega. Of course there is a time and place for psych. drugs, but I believe that those on them should be monitored much more closely, as one of the problems with going mad is the person doesn't usually recognize it in him/herself.
    It's been a nasty week, though… especially because we woke up Monday morning and our creek was so high we immediately started packing go-bags. Everything seems pretty back to normal, though baby is certainly feeling the pinch of being housebound. Supposed to be nice this weekend, though, and right now I'm looking at blue sky for the first time in at least a week!

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