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John Travolta Says Psychiatric Drugs to Blame for School Shootings


John Travolta says he agrees with Tom Cruise's views on psychiatric drugs and says he thinks these drugs are to blame for most of the school shootings.

"I don't disagree with anything Tom says," Travolta says in the July issue of W magazine, on newsstands Friday. "How would I have presented it? Maybe differently than how he did, but it doesn't matter. I still think that if you analyze most of the school shootings, it is not gun control. It is (psychotropic) drugs at the bottom of it."

It's true that many of the school shooters were on antidepressants and many - not just Scientologists like Travolta and Cruise - believe there is a link.

While taking the drugs themselves often causes psychotic reactions, it is also frequently the case that withdrawal from these drugs causes normally peaceful people to become violent and murderous.

I agree with John Travolta that we can't jump to the conclusion that lack of gun control is the cause of school shootings. Vermont has one of the most relaxed stances on gun control in the country and has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country. The people who really want to go on a shooting rampage are going to get their guns illegally, anyway.

Do people want to blame guns because they can't face the fact that questionable medical treatment may be to blame for these horrors? How many more school shootings do we need to live through before someone says enough is enough when it comes to the overprescription of antidepressants in adolescents and teens?

You don't have to be a Scientologist to see that something is very wrong and needs to be changed within the psychiatric system.

Travolta Echoes Cruise on Psychiatry

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when did travolta get so fat?!??! this guy guy has consistantly went downhill every year since 1980

Posted by Stac on June 20, 2007 8:43 AM | Permalink | Reply

This is complete bullshit.

"While taking the drugs themselves often causes psychotic reactions, it is also frequently the case that withdrawal from these drugs causes normally peaceful people to become violent and murderous."

There is no documented evidence that this is true.

Posted by T on August 17, 2007 8:23 AM | Permalink | Reply

I have personally witnessed someone I know well, become psychotic and violent on effexor. This person has been fine now for 4 years. You can read thousands of news stories about this, at ssristories.com
In 1999 a study conducted by Adrian Preda, M.D.; Rebecca W. MacLean, M.D.; Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.; and Malcolm B. Bowers, Jr., M.D. found that 8.1% of Psychiatric Admissions to hospitals were due to Antidepressant-Associated Mania and Psychosis (J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62:30-33). The number must be higher now because the numbers of people taking antidepressants has risen significantly.
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Posted by Aaron on January 31, 2013 3:49 AM | Permalink | Reply

Hey Stac. I have watched John Travolta on many talk shows and have found him to be one of the most gracious and kindest of all actors I have seen. And so what if he has put on some weight; it looks good on him and he is still a great actor. I much prefer him to the "skinny" dude in Urban cowboy. That was such a drugstore image of Texas. No, he has not gone downhill, he's man enough to be comfortable with who he really is and that's more than I can say for most people.

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Posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2007 2:11 PM | Permalink | Reply

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Posted by Tony on December 27, 2007 3:42 PM | Permalink | Reply

It's true that many of the school shooters were on antidepressants and many - not just Scientologists like Travolta and Cruise - believe there is a link.
Maybe its really crazy kids tend to already be diagnosed? Perhaps psychiatrists should be prescribing MORE meds like anti-psychotics instead of less powerful and apparently ineffective like anti-depressants?

Posted by More not Less! on January 20, 2008 7:51 AM | Permalink | Reply

How do John Travolta and Tom Cruise know all this? I think it would be very sad if someone who really needed and could benefit from psycotropic drugs were to see that two no-nothing holier-than-thou movie stars condemned these medications, and thought they must know what they are talking about.

Posted by beemer on February 8, 2008 7:58 PM | Permalink | Reply

scientology no nuttier or unlikely than christians jewish or muslim literature and beliefs. all defend belief and action based on fantastic supernatural stories that cannot be verified.so does psychiatry.!
particular ideas in all these cults come in and out of fashion. no one believes in the old norse or greek/roman gods anymore. they were more fun

Posted by johnnie on February 26, 2008 8:22 PM | Permalink | Reply

Prior to being involved in school shootings, what or who brought these kids into psychiatrist's offices in the first place?

Posted by Anonymous on January 8, 2009 11:32 AM | Permalink | Reply

What about bullying or social isolation? I would think that those would be far more to blame for school shootings. Only one of the kids at Columbine were on anti depressants unless you count the one who was taking St. John's Wort. Though that was supposed to be a bombing. Eric wrote in his diary that he wanted to stop taking Luvox because it made him feel "normal"

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John Travolta is not a doctor, pharmacist, or expert in the area of psychotropic medications. He is only repeating what he has been fed by scientology. I have no respect for him any more.

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