“Zoloft Defense” to Start Monday


The defense phase of the trial of Anthony Nicholas Orban begins on Monday, with Mr. Orban’s lawyer presenting evidence that Orban was so overwhelmed by the antidepressant Zoloft that he was not mentally cognizant while the attack was happening. Zoloft carries warnings to users to call a health care provider if they begin “acting aggressively or violent” or “acting on dangerous impulses.” In 2004, a California man was acquitted of attempted murder after using the Zoloft defense.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].