Medically Speaking

It is well known in the field of Psychiatry that a bipolar patient taking only an antidepressant (like Zoloft) alone is at increased risk of switching to mania or hypomania or of developing rapid-cycle symptoms (FN 6). To prevent this switch, doctors usually require patients to take mood stabilizing medication at the same time as an antidepressant (FN 7). Even if a patient does not have a bipolar disorder, Zoloft is known for causing patients to become manic. Moreover, involuntary Zoloft intoxication is a recognized disease, defect, or derangement within the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Psychological Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) (FN 8).

   Another notable scientific determination to be made in relation to how medical and mental health professionals prescribe medications like Zoloft is a patient's metabolization. In essence, there are four different types of metabolizers. They Include: Extensive, Intermediate, Poor and Ultra Extensive (FN 9). Depending on which category of metabolizer a patient falls in determining how well his or her body processes medications (FN 10). Such a determination can be made by administering  a DNA Drug Reaction Test (FN 11). Patients who are deemed to be either poor or intermediate metabolizers are at the greatest risk of experiencing significant side-effects from prescription medications like Zoloft (FN 12). Side effects that have shown to result in violent behavior (FN 13). Kenny falls in the category of being an Intermediate Metabolizer (FN 14).