The College of “Psychiatry of Ireland” issued a press statement following my son’s inquest last year, here is an abstract of what they said and the full statement is also linked at the end. This was written in May, 2010 and to be honest, I didn’t have the heart or the inclination to reply to this trash, but following numerous publications from “renowned psychiatrists” on this issue, and the fact that the “College of Psychiatry of Ireland” never once asked me about Shane and never knew the Shane we knew, I do feel I have a right to reply! Solicitors letter, pending I’m sure!
Here’s an excerpt of what they had to say, in the Irish Medical Times…
Clarification on antidepressants and potential adverse effects, By Greg Baxter
In the past month, there has been considerable discussion in Ireland of suicidality and homicidality as potential adverse effects of antidepressant medications, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants in particular. Much of this discussion has been speculative. Clearly, suicide and homicide are events of the utmost gravity and any possible role of any treatment in precipitating such tragedies warrants the most thorough investigation.
Antidepressants do not cause violence.
Evidence at recent inquest
Evidence was given in a recent inquest at the Wicklow Coroner’s Court that the self-inflicted death of a person (and by inference, the killing of another person) was most likely the direct result of SSRI antidepressant use – specifically, citalopram. The College of Psychiatry of Ireland is conscious that the events leading to these deaths are not completely understood nor is the mental state of the individual at the time.
We address the inquest here simply to respond to the sworn expert evidence, which was, in our view, speculative.
It was claimed that an individual may have acted as he did because he was in a supposed ‘delirium’, brought about by high blood levels of citalopram, on the night in question.
It was further suggested by this expert witness that if not a delirium, the explanation could have been a ‘mental automatism’ caused by SSRI intoxication.
Link to full article; The Irish Medical Times.
Now, you will have to excuse my ignorance, myself not being a professor or a medical professional, but this is a picture taken from the antidepressant Effexor, patient information leaflet, and does it not say Homicide ideation right there in the middle? Maybe a trip to specsavers would be a good idea!
Their reference to the sworn expert evidence; surely they are not referring to the world renowned (Irish) medical expert, Professor David Healy? There are very few experts in this area, and Prof. Healy has been an expert witness in numerous trials concerning ssri’s and suicide/homicide.
Did Lundbeck not admit to reports of “self harm and harm to others” (AKA suicide/homicide) in this letter. Amazing how this article never refers to the fact that the jury recorded an open verdict, rejecting a suicide verdict, on account of the citalopram in Shane’s system and the reports from the state pathologist, Declan Gilsenan, and the medical expert, Prof. Healy!
As I have said before, If the “College of Psychiatry of Ireland” would like to ask me any questions and come to an informed opinion on my son, please feel free to ask, or do they know it all already?
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