Ireland has seen far too many murder-suicides for such a small country - with much discussion and no easy answers. The usual knee-jerk reaction of 'evil bas**rd' hasn't helped to solve these cases or indeed, stop any future cases of familial annihilation. Psychiatry will often blame the 'underlying mental illness' of the perpetrator, whether or… Continue reading Granddad Peter – Evil Perpetrator or Equally Innocent Victim?
Roll up! Roll up! The 'latest' antidepressant research is out - 'Comparative efficacy and acceptability of 21 antidepressant drugs for the acute treatment of adults with major depressive disorder: a systematic review and network meta-analysis'. The revelations by Cipriani et al are indeed startling. The drugs known as 'antidepressants' are actually supposed to work. Imagine that?… Continue reading Never Mind The Science Bit – The Latest Antidepressant Research is Out.
A report published this month by ScotSID (Scottish Suicide Information Database) makes for very interesting reading. It specifically looked at deaths by suicide in Scotland between 2009-2015, the deceaseds' contact with mental health services and more importantly, the psychiatric drugs that were prescribed to them beforehand. Interestingly, I remember (after Shane's death) trying to find… Continue reading The Dead Don’t Lie – A Message From Beyond
It always surprises me that while most medics admit that all drugs can have serious adverse effects, when there is an actual victim, consumption of the drug is often supposedly viewed as coincidental. Although antidepressant Patient Information Leaflets and drug regulatory warnings stress of an increased risk of suicidality and aggression when taking these drugs,… Continue reading Antidepressant Addiction
Oliver Hare, shown above, was a 22-year-old linguist, working in Shanghai. In February of this year he spent a week with his mum in Dubai before returning to his family home in England. Feeling a little lost and unsure of what his goals were, he was anxious about returning to China. His dad told him not… Continue reading Oliver Hare – Another 22-year-old victim of Citalopram?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UByH0xtCxaw&feature=push-u&attr_tag=7-8tjaUFHNT12GxJ-6 So, the trial of our friend Wendy ended earlier today - and guess what, she won. The truth finally prevailed over the malevolent entity that is GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). During the trial we heard how this drug company hid suicide events and misrepresented data that showed Paxil/Seroxat could induce suicide in adults as well as… Continue reading Wendy beats Goliath
So, myself and my friend Stephanie were in Chicago this week. We had traveled across the Atlantic to hear the opening arguments of Dolin v. Smithkline Beecham Corp (now GlaxoSmithKline - GSK). For more background to this case, see here. We arrived straight into an unprecedented weather event, Storm Stella - described in the media as… Continue reading GSK’s Dirty Little Secret
For anyone who hasn't heard of Jake McGill Lynch, age 14, who died following a prescription for Fluoxetine (Prozac), here's his mom Stephanie being interviewed on RTE Radio. The journalist, Della Kiroy, also interviewed David Healy who speaks towards the end of the programme. Stephanie's harrowing account of Jake's life and death is a warning to all… Continue reading Jake’s Mammy on DriveTime
Some cases, like this one, are so clearly antidepressant-induced that it seems bizarre that a coroner or medic couldn’t (or wouldn’t) recognise it. That suicidality is a side-effect of antidepressants is now well established, particularly upon starting, changing dose (up or down) or discontinuation. While the suicide-warnings are provided for under 25s, it… Continue reading Victor Kirk – Coincidental SSRI Prescription?
Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person - "the stigma of mental disorder". Comedian Al Porter was on Irish TV this week, speaking of his depression, the one brought about by his chemicals that needed re-balancing. He spoke of the stigma attached to depression, then whipped out his pills… Continue reading The Destigmatization of Stigma ..