“Zoloft Defense” Trial Enters “Sanity Phase”


The trial of Anthony Orban enters the “sanity phase,” during which jurors will decide whether Orban was in control of his actions at the time he committed kidnap and rape. Saying that Orban had stopped taking Zoloft, then resumed it five days before the attack, Peter Breggin testified that within days of resuming Orban had delusions that he was possessed by demons, that a cadaver had talked to him, contemplated suicide, and had fantasies of killing his wife and dog. “His wife described him as being zombie-like,” Breggin said.

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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].