Comment by Richard Eikelenboom
The shooting of travelers at the airport in Fort Lauderdale is extremely tragic. Not only for the victims and their families, but also for the decorated veteran shooter and his family. It is clear by now that the shooter had issues with his mental health. This is not very surprising after being in a war. The problem though is that everybody seemed to know the shooter had mental problems, including the FBI, but nobody seemed able to help him. My wife Selma Eikelenboom-Schieveld is the specialist on violence induced by anti-depressants and the role certain DNA variants play in metabolizing drugs . If you look at this case, the shooter was treated for two weeks in a hospital. Often this means that the persons get anti-depressants. What we see often with the homicide cases we work on, is that assailants were treated with anti-depressants that they stop or change the amounts of the medication, which finally leads to an outburst of violence. Not everybody on anti-depressants becomes violent, but certain persons who have problems with metabolizing medications are more prone to commit violent acts. Another fact which we can see is that the treatments these people received certainly did not work. The first thing one wants to prevent is that that a patient commit suicide or hurt anybody else. What we see in our homicide cases is that the perpetrators were treated, often for minor issues, with anti-depressants and then became violent. Often the doctors who treated these persons say it was caused by the underlying disease. If you follow the chain of events and treatments we are able to prove that the medications combined with the inability to metabolize drugs play a big role in these violent acts. To be continued…..