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Sergeant fatally shoots 5 soldiers at clinic

May 12, 2009

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— An American Army sergeant shot and killed five fellow soldiers following an altercation at a military counseling center in Iraq on Monday, officials said. The attack drew attention to the issues of combat stress and morale among soldiers serving multiple combat tours over six years of war.

The suspect had been disarmed after an incident at the center but returned with another weapon, according to a senior military official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into the shootings was ongoing.

Attacks on fellow soldiers, known as fraggings, were not uncommon during the Vietnam war but are believed to be rare in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A brief U.S. military statement said the assailant was taken into custody following the 2 p.m. shooting at Camp Liberty, a base on the western edge of Baghdad.

Comments

KSChick1 5 years, 7 months ago

"he's an SSRI"? what?

If you're saying he's "on" an SSRI-that's conjecture. You don't have to be on medication to go on a rampage. Pressure and stress, especially the kind those soldiers face for prolonged periods, can cause all kinds of break downs.

jaywalker 5 years, 7 months ago

Tragic for all involved. The stress soldiers go through in hostile zones must be suffocating. It's fortunate this sort of thing doesn't go on more often.

Alia Ahmed 5 years, 7 months ago

SSRI's (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro to name a few) have saved many lives and improved the lives of people with a clinical depression. As with any medication, the patient needs to be carefully monitored for potential side effects. Since the black box warning has been included for SSRI's for teenagers, fewer depressed teenagers have been prescribed SSRI's and the suicide rate among teenagers has actually increased.

Do SSRI's cause suicidal or homicidal thinking? Perhaps in limited cases. But I think it is hard to sort out whether a depressed person with suicidal tendencies attempted or completed suicide because of the medication versus the underlying disorder. I know people whose lives have been transformed in positive ways because of anti-depressants.
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=83878

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 7 months ago

mustb, without failure, you post on every article where any instance of mental instability is reported upon, to hark that it was an evil SSRI's fault. Please be aware: 1) On none of the articles that you rant on is there any indication of SSRI use. If you found some evidence, you should post it and let others see it. As such, you are completely making up facts.

2) The links you posted to not back up your claims. One is an opinion piece disguised as a news story where soldiers diagnose their own mental health. SSRI's, along with any other drug, will have an adverse reaction in some people, and one person having a reaction does not give creedance that all will experience that reaction. The piece was written with a preconcieved conclusion, there is no scientific evidence presented within it, and the bias is apparent within the first paragraph.

3) You are giving medical advice, yet you are not a doctor. You are spreading misinformation about a terrible condition, and the drugs that may save a person's life. This may cause someone to make an unwise decision, and not seek treatment for a serious mental illness. Your misinformation could cause incidents like the one we are reading about! I understand that you have probably been touched by this issue in a very personal way, either you or someone you know may have had a severe adverse reaction from an SSRI (or you are a scientologist), but you must realize that these drugs help people live normal lives every day, and the good they do far outweighs the bad by any measure.

If you think the FDA is an evil corporation out to drug us all into mindless oblivion, then ask yourself, where is the profit in a drug that makes it's user kill other potential customers?

meggers 5 years, 7 months ago

musbhiorlo,

Your statement is completely absurd. Most people are prescribed SSRI's due to a diagnosed mental illness, generally related to depression or anxiety. PTSD is widespread in our military population, with two common symptoms being depression and anxiety. To say that the medication to treat PTSD is the culprit is just downriught ignorant, as a great many cases of undiagnosed or treated PTSD end in tragedy, as well.

Obviously, one should be mindful of the potential side effects of any medication, but a high suicide rate among people taking anti-depressants is sort of a no-brainer. Why do you think they were prescribed anti-depressants in the first place?

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