In the High Court 2002, CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES v THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, IRELAND AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, Professor Patricia Casey gave evidence that antidepressants are a standard treatment for bedwetting in children, here.
Considering the extremely dangerous side-effects that can come with these drugs, do the benefits still outweigh the risks? All antidepressants come with a black-box warning in the U.S. because of the suicide risks associated with this medication. Can it really be the case in Ireland that these dangerous drugs are still being prescribed for bedwetting in children who probably haven’t yet been taught the words “suicide ideation”?
Can being dead possibly be better than wetting the bed? I wondered whether this was the opinion of the Irish College of Psychiatry collectively or just the opinion of Prof. Casey so I sent the college an e-mail yesterday. I had thought about e-mailing Prof. Casey and asking her directly but I would probably get the same treatment as John Mc’Carty of Mad Pride who also disagrees with her on a few issues. She was quoted on the 4th Oct, in UCD’s student paper “The University Observer” speaking of Mad Pride, she said I think the best thing is to ignore them. It will be interesting to see if I get a reply….
To whom it concerns,
My name is Leonie Fennell and my son’s name was Shane Clancy. He killed himself and another young man on 16th Aug 09.
As you are no doubt aware, I blame this tragedy on the antidepressants he was taking. I am fully aware that you totally disagree with my stance and despite the fact that the drug companies themselves have warnings of suicide and violence on their PILs, you are still prepared to stick to your archaic denials.
Anyway that is not the reason I am e-mailing as I’m sure this will come up again in the future, so I will leave that issue for another day.
My query concerns your stance on antidepressants and bedwetting.
In the High Court 2002, CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES v THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, IRELAND AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, Professor P. Casey gave evidence that antidepressants are a standard treatment for bedwetting in children. I was wondering if, considering that you seem to be unaware or possibly ignoring the mounting evidence of the serious side-effects that these drugs can have, is this the opinion of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland or just the opinion of Prof. Casey as a lone member?