Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do Video Games or Do Psychotropic Drugs Cause Violence and Rape?

Some legislators and the media have attacked the gaming industry and have blamed massed murder shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech on violent videogames. One of the most known accusers is psychiatrist Carole Lieberman who claims that video games trigger rapes. She was quoted on FoxNews recently that “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of sexual scenes in videogames,” Lieberman told Fox News for an article.
In a recent article by Jason Schreier at who asked Carole Leiberman a number of times to clarify how video games incite rape. Lieberman later cited to a 2010 study titled “Violent Video Games Effects on Aggression by Craig Anderson, but the study doesn’t site the relationship of video games with sexual aggression and rape.
From what we can locate there doesn’t appear to be any clear studies between video games and aggressive behavior, so at this point the connection is professional conjecture.
We have found however a direct connections between psychotropic drugs and aggressive behavior. The FDA latently sites them on blackbox warnings.
Heightened suicide risk is a possible result of any psychotropic drug, according to MedlinePlus. Young people under age 24 taking antidepressants are especially susceptible to this serious side effect according to the FDA. Columbine and Virginia Tech killers were clearly on a suicide mission. Prozac, Wellbrutin and other (SSRI’s) antidepressants have aggressive side effects such as abnormal dreams, anxiety, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, insomnia, and changes in sex drive.

In January of 2002, Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin M.D. testified regarding the adverse mental and behavioral effects of SSRI antidepressants. Both judges reduced the sentences for violent crimes because of the influence of antidepressants. In these 2002 cases the drugs were Prozac and Paxil.

Also from In South Carolina in November 2001 Dr. Breggin testified at a sentencing hearing. A 27-year-old man with no prior history of violence pleaded guilty to charges of rape. Dr. Breggin presented evidence that Paxil can cause mania with disinhibition and aggressive sexuality, and that a Paxil induced Mood Disorder caused or contributed to the defendant's actions. The judge gave him a more limited 21 year sentence with actual release in 19 years.

There are no proven studies that video games cause aggression, but court cases and blackbox warnings clearly show a connection with psychotropic drugs and violent behavior including rape.

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