Calif. Man Seeks to Overturn Conviction, Alleging Adverse SSRI Reaction

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Benjamin Bathen, who was convicted in 2018 of making criminal threats to a therapist who he says for years had urged him to take the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro), has filed a writ of habeas corpus in federal court, claiming wrongful conviction on the basis that his behavior was caused by the medication itself. He has published a website, Wrongful SSRI Convictions, seeking to publicize his case and the overall issue of “medication madness” that he says receives too little attention.

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