Citalopram in the Sunday Post

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I never expected my life to turn out like this. Before Shane died, I was happily rambling along minding my own business (I was, I swear!). There are more and more compelling arguments that Citalopram and other SSRIs can cause people to kill themselves and others. Don’t let it be you or your family. Be aware that these type of drugs are powerful mind altering drugs. Do not believe lazy doctors who spout the ‘chemical imbalance’ rubbish. We were not born with an inherent defect that only the pharmaceutical industry can save us from. These supposedly ‘safer’ drugs can kill in overdose. They can cause heart attacks, stroke, suicide, homicide, birth defects, et cetera. Thank-you to John Breslin and Iain Harrison for writing this article. I was happy to be interviewed for it. Thanks also to Mike Schoger who captured the article for me; his lovely mum died as a result of taking her prescribed Citalopram.

11 thoughts on “Citalopram in the Sunday Post

  1. Leonie you really are one in a million. I look forward to the day when all of of us who have suffered as a consequence of ill thought prescribing practices will get the justice and recognition we deserve. In the meantime, your tireless efforts are the best tribute there is to your son’s life.

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  2. Wonderful article. Really well written. But I feel I have to say, just to balance things out, that I take antidepressants and without them I would not be here today. They have saved my life. Thank you for sharing your story.x

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  3. I’m really glad that both sides of the debate are being heard, it’s important that people understand how strong anti-depressants are, and how badly they can affect some people. However, for others they can be helpful.

    In 2011 I had a depression relapse after a decade with no problems. I was reluctant to take Citalopram, I was prescribed it as a teenager and it was the one and only time I’ve ever attempted to take my own life.

    It terrified me, and I had a bullying GP who tried to force me into compliance with threats of sectioning, which only made me more scared of asking for help.

    Depression and anxiety were ruining my life, I lost my job, partner, and a lot of friends. After everything else had failed, I added anti-depressants to my care package.

    For me it was the last puzzle piece on the road to recovery.

    Along with CBT, mindfulness, rest, relaxation, love from family and friends, and an amazing GP who monitored me closely, Citalopram helped me get back on my feet and begin to recover from depression.

    It has a lot of unpleasant side effects, I’ve been taking it for longer than I wanted to, and I know the withdrawal will be long and painful, but it is helpful for me. So please, if you’re reading this, look at both sides of the argument, then make your own choice based on what you need.

    Good luck!!

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  4. I arrived here because I wanted to know more about why psychiatrists prescribe one SSRI over another. A clinical psychologist told me that Zoloft is prescribed to calm “irritability”. I was on that stuff and it made me want to die – I probably would have tried to had I not realized that it was the medication making me feel like I was already dead. I like your page… you add me to your blogroll and I add you? Check out my site 🙂

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  5. Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated. On the issue of whether SSRIs work or not, let me clear that one up. As I have always said, if the drug works for you, that’s great, then there is no problem. If a person is already on Citalopram and it’s not causing a problem, great… just watch out for the heart problems, diabetes, etc.

    The sad fact is, this blog is about my son’s experience with this drug. If anyone wants to play Russian Roulette, free free. If you choose to offer up your own child for a bit of auld collateral damage, I can’t stop you. I did not offer Shane up to die so others can live…the stakes were way too high. He wasn’t given the option of Informed consent. On the issue of my dodgy fringe Bobby Fiddaman, sad to say that this is one of the better photos; I usually look much worse!

    Leonie

    PS. Jennifer, that’s a really interesting site. The old advertisements are great and I have just downloaded the DSM 4!

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