Benjamin Bathen was a technical artist in the video game industry. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May of 2000 with a degree in 3D animation. He moved on to work as a technical artist at both the Disney Virtual Reality Studio and Harmonix Music Systems on the video game “the Beatles Rock Band”. He has also completed multiple computer science courses at the Harvard Extension school and UCLA extension.
From 2004 to 2008 Mr. Bathen consulted with a therapist who adamantly recommended the SSRI antidepressants Prozac and Lexapro. In 2017 Mr. Bathen developed Akathisia, Tardive Dyskenisia and Serotonin Toxicity as a result of taking the generic form of Lexapro. Ironically the same therapist who spent four years convincing him to take antidepressant medication then had him charged and convicted of three counts of PC 422 criminal threats for calling her emergency phone number during an adverse reaction to the medication and screaming crazy threats. Mr. Bathen was sentenced to two years in the California State Penitentiary and served 10.5 months in prison where he went through psychiatric drug withdrawal in a single cell environment at the Chino California Institution for Men. Since his release a CYP 450 DNA analysis conclusively proved that the incidents he was convicted for were caused by the known serious adverse side effects of SSRI antidepressants. His case is still under appeal via writ of Habeas Corpus in the Federal Ninth Circuit court of appeals.
Mr. Bathen has since worked as a user interface developer for Google as a third-party contractor and created several websites to warn others about the potential side effects of SSRI medication. WWW.ANTIDEPRESSANTSTATISTICS.COM and WWW.WRONGFULSSRICONVICTIONS.COM. Antidepressantstatistics.com takes adverse drug event reports related to violence from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FAERS database and makes them publicly available with case ID numbers.
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