The recording above was made in September 2009, one month after Shane died. The radio show ‘The Right Hook’ was hosted by Kevin Myers and the programme involved Phil Mac Giolla Bhain and Patricia Casey discussing
antidepressant-induced suicide and violence. Phil Mac Giolla Bhain said SSRIs causes both and not surprisingly Patricia Casey said they don’t.
At the moment I’m reading ‘Preventable Death’ by this guy – Phil Mac Giolla Bhain. It’s a very thought provoking read, particularly Chapter 9 which again deals with
antidepressant-induced suicide and violence. The book was first published in 2008. I wish I’d read it! Here’s an excerpt:
“Dr Lynch first came to public prominence with the publication of his book ‘Beyond Prozac’ that questioned the efficacy of medicating people with Eli Lilly’s biggest earner if they presented to a GPs surgery suffering from life. Lynch, remember, is a GP. Like most revolutionaries what he wants is incredibly reasonable. He thinks that there must be a better way to help someone cope with the blows of life than giving them dangerous drugs as the first and last choice of medics.
Prozac has been persistently dogged by claims that it can trigger suicide – not just in depressives but also in healthy volunteers. Some SSRI users have reported agitation and an inability to keep still, a preoccupation with violent, self-destructive fantasies and a feeling that ‘death would be welcome’. In Germany, Prozac was initially refused a licence after trials resulted in 16 attempted suicides, two of which were successful.
The SSRIs have made hundreds of court appearances. The first big case was in 1989, when Joseph Westbecker walked through the Standard Gravure printing plant in Louisville, Kentucky with an AK47 killing eight employees, then himself. Westbecker had been on the newly licensed Prozac less than a month and had become increasingly agitated. The families of those killed sued Eli Lilly but agreed to an undisclosed settlement.
More followed. After six days on Prozac, Patricia Williamson, 60, killed herself in her bath while her husband ate breakfast downstairs. Eli Lilly settled out of court. Don Schell had been on Seroxat (marketed as Paxil in America) for 48 hours when he shot his wife, his daughter, his nine-month-old grand-daughter and himself at his home in Wyoming. Schell’s son-in-law was awarded $8m by manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline.”