Psychiatrist Says Michell Carter ‘Intoxicated’ by Prozac & Celexa Cocktail
The case came down to a series of intimate text exchanges between a teen boy and teen girl. When it was all said and done, the teen boy was dead. He’d taken his own life. And as the prosecution set out to prove, it was at the encouragement of teen girl Michelle Carter. As of the end of the week, the prosecution had accomplished it’s job, and Michelle Carter was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, 18-year old Conrad Roy 111.
Carter’s text messages became evidence heaven for a prosecution which often showed no mercy on the young girl. The results of the verdict, not unlike the trial itself, has polarized a nation. Many feel that Carter didn’t directly kill her boyfriend, he chose his own fate, causing the text messages to serve as little more than a reflection of a “mean girl.” While others have 100% supported the verdict, some even comparing her to the likes of Charles Manson.
Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz stated that “she admits in … texts that she did nothing: She did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family” after hearing his last breaths during a phone call, Moniz said. “And, finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck.”
The manslaughter aspect hinges on Carter’s unwillingness to help a life in trouble, which has confused many who feel this was an overstep in the justice system with potentially dangerous slippery slope issues.
Carter now faces up to 20 years in prison as she awaits sentencing. But as new details emerge, Carter’s apathy might well be hinged on a single cause: Her pharmaceutical concoctions. A defense witness named Dr. Peter Breggin put on a display of a teen’s brain that had been thoroughly damaged by medications. However, Judge Lawrence Moniz and Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn were combative with Breggan as he asserted that Carter had issues of her own.
Breggin is more than qualified to fill the expert witness role; he’s done so dozens of times. He was ready and willing to fight the good fight on behalf of Carter. He even went so far as to draw a human brain on a whiteboard to plead the case of intrusive pharma activity.
Breggin is not a first-time pharmaceutical critic, in fact, he’s been criticised himself for condemning the use of prescription drugs in psychiatry. He’s condemned specifically the use of antidepressants.
Breggin claimed that antidepressants, like Prozac and Celexa cocktail had interrupted Carter’s ability to make appropriate decisions and that they’d literally “intoxicated her.”
Breggin claims her use of Celexa in June 2014 caused her to “transform” from a “life-long helper” into an apathetic manic-depressive.
“During this time we see her having adverse reactions to the drugs. A remarkable nightmare series … in which the devil actually tells her to kill herself,” Breggin said. “She is still so afraid of the devil that months later she still sleeps with her little doggy because she’s so scared of the devil.”
Breggin’s argument that Carter was subjugated by Roy was perceived as insulting by the courtroom, somewhat taking away from his core point.
Breggin showed a series of exchanges whereas Carter sent odd texts to even her closest friends nearly at the same time she’d sent her boyfriend text which was being shown as evidence to prosecute her.
“I think I hurt a nerve in my hand,” she texted Roy “Hey sorry about yesterday I was really busy haha but how are you doing?”
Breggin continually argued that Carter’s texts were a result of being intoxicated by her pharmaceutical cocktail. He claimed the medications had “transformed her.”
More on the verdict can be found here.
Author: Jim Satney
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