Dr. Patrick William Slater, a seasoned neurotologist at 60, once led a thriving medical practice in Austin, reveling in mountain hunting and fishing during his leisure. Then, in October 2021, his world shifted drastically.
Stricken with cerebellar ataxia, a condition impairing movement, even basic tasks like eating and using the restroom became impossible without assistance.
While medication helped manage his ataxia, it offered little relief from the relentless onslaught of panic attacks, plunging Dr. Slater into what he described as “abject terror” night after night. Thoughts of ending his own life became distressingly frequent, he confided to The Epoch Times.
Frustratingly, no one could furnish a satisfying explanation for these symptoms. Lab results showed no anomalies, and neurologists and psychiatrists attributed his distress to anxiety. However, Dr. Slater remains steadfast in his belief that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are the root cause.
His suspicions were first aroused when the symptoms surfaced around two weeks after receiving the second vaccine dose. The subsequent, more severe wave of symptoms coincided with his third shot. After the booster, he was certain: the connection was undeniable.
From late 2020, coinciding with the launch of COVID-19 vaccinations, physicians noted a surge in atypical psychiatric disorders. Psychiatrist Dr. Amanda McDonald observed a notable uptick in destabilization among her otherwise stable patients, manifesting as exacerbated or entirely new psychiatric symptoms.
“I couldn’t figure out why,” Dr. McDonald disclosed to The Epoch Times. “My patients typically stay stable.” Yet many were now arriving at her clinic with unexplained insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Adjusting medication dosages or introducing new drugs offered little relief.
One recurring pattern was the onset of unusual panic attacks, akin to a heart attack, devoid of any apparent trigger. Typically, these symptoms would intensify as evening descended, reaching their zenith at night. In contrast, typical panic attacks can occur at any time but often have discernible triggers and are more easily managed when these triggers are avoided.
After meticulously observing her patients for over a year, Dr. McDonald began to suspect a correlation between the COVID-19 vaccines and these psychiatric ailments. Dr. Diane Counce, a neurologist and neuroradiologist, reported a surge in severe anxiety and worsened moods among her patients. Some experienced significant shifts in their personalities.
Nurse practitioner Scott Marsland, who tended to hundreds of long-COVID and vaccine-affected patients at the Leading Edge Clinic, noted that crippling anxiety, depression, and insomnia were among the most prevalent symptoms. However, some patients also grappled with hallucinations and thoughts of suicide.
While there is no definitive evidence linking COVID-19 vaccinations to psychiatric disorders, a multitude of studies have associated them with symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, and thoughts of suicide. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) cataloged over 9,400 cases of anxiety and 1,600 cases of depression related to COVID-19 vaccines. These reports accounted for more than 60% and up to 50% of all anxiety and depression reports on VAERS, respectively.
Psychotic episodes, characterized by hallucinations and paranoia, have been documented in case studies following vaccination. Instances of refractory psychosis in previously healthy individuals emerged within 24 hours of receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Additionally, cases of prolonged psychosis lasting weeks and months were also reported.
Suicidality is a concern for those with vaccine-related symptoms, though distinguishing whether it arises from unbearable physical conditions or a physiological response to the vaccine can be challenging. For instance, a study involving 250 dental staff in Pakistan revealed that nearly 12% experienced suicidal thoughts for several days post-vaccination.
There have also been reports of individuals experiencing visual impairments and memory loss after vaccination. Dementia-like depression emerged in one patient, who, despite her age in her 90s, was self-reliant before receiving the booster. Post-vaccination, she was diagnosed with dementia and moved to a nursing home. Treatment with ivermectin reversed her symptoms.
Neurologists express concern about undiagnosed cases. Dr. Suzanne Gazda, who treats thousands of patients with neurodegenerative diseases, noted many reported cognitive decline alongside psychiatric symptoms.
Vaccine-induced psychiatric symptoms and post-COVID conditions share significant similarities. Both expose patients to the viral spike protein, potentially leading to inflammation. Depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are known to correlate with inflammation.
Pre-2020 research confirms mRNA vaccines’ inflammatory nature. Dr. McDonald found anti-inflammatory drugs and therapeutics like ivermectin often stabilize patients’ moods.
Blood clotting, a common outcome of spike protein exposure, impairs tissue oxygenation and functionality, accelerating aging. Cognitive impairments, anxiety, depression, and psychosis may result from stressed and damaged neurons.
Spike protein can also directly affect the brain, potentially causing disruptions in brain activity. It can infiltrate immune cells, triggering histamine release, which can inflame and irritate nerves. Neuroinflammation has been linked to suicidality.
The reactivation of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) due to spike protein exposure may be connected to psychiatric symptoms like schizophrenia. COVID-19 vaccines have also been implicated in gut microbiome damage, potentially contributing to psychiatric symptoms.
The challenge lies in recognizing and appropriately addressing vaccine-related psychiatric ailments. Patients reporting physiological symptoms post-vaccination are sometimes dismissed as anxious or stressed, despite a distinct constellation of uncommon symptoms. Some receive a diagnosis of functional neurological disorder and are prescribed psychiatric medications. The vaccine-injured are also more susceptible to side effects and paradoxical reactions from psychoactive drugs.
For many vaccine-injured individuals, trust in medical professionals wanes, leading to anxiety about medical visits. The emotional toll is substantial, as patients grapple with a paradigm shift in their understanding of their health and well-being.