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AntiDepAware – Addendum to the DSM-5

Vehicle fitter

Brian at AntiDepAware wrote a very interesting blog this week. If ever there was a clear cut case of prescription drug induced suicide-homicide, this surely is it?

I read this week (on Twitter) that Brian’s blog ‘just gets better and better‘ and I absolutely agree with that statement. In my opinion it should be printed as a compulsory addendum to psychiatry’s DSM 5 – before the idiots reach for the prescription pad. His blog is copied verbatim below…

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Vehicle fitter Nigel Maude (58) and his 57-year-old wife Judith (left) were described by their next-door neighbour, who had known them for 25 years, as “perfect neighbours.” He said: “They always seemed to do everything together including gardening and tidying up outside. I have never heard them argue. They were a lovely couple and totally devoted grandparents.”

Their deaths, therefore, were a “complete shock” to their family and everyone who knew them. Yesterday’s inquest revealed that, on August 11th this year, Mr Maude violently stabbed Judith to the back and neck with a kitchen knife and attempted to strangle and suffocate her at their home in the village of Hoghton, Lancashire. He then drove a short distance to a nearby railway line, where he stepped in front of a train.

The investigating police officer said that: “Mr and Mrs Maude were certainly of good character, had no real issues with debts and there were no reported crimes involving them.”

Deputy Coroner Simon Jones asked the officer: “There is nothing to suggest that this is anything but a happy and caring marriage?”

He replied: “No, nothing to suggest otherwise. This has come as a complete shock to everyone.”

It emerged, however, that Mr Maude had seen his GP 16 days before the deaths, complaining of insomnia and stress over financial worries about his mother, who was going to have to be placed in care. In a statement, GP Dr Stephen Howell said Mr Maude was a regular patient who suffered chronic arthritis but had no history of mental illness or depression.

Nevertheless, Dr Howell said he “prescribed Mr Maude prescription drugs.” Presumably, this accounted for the “low traces of a drug used to treat depression”, found by the pathologist in Mr Maude’s blood.

Recording verdicts of unlawful killing and suicide, the coroner said that the reason for Mr Maude’s actions could not be established for certain but that: “It may be stress in relation to issues relating to his mother going into a home. We don’t know.”

On the other hand, Coroner Jones, the reason for Mr Maude’s actions, in all probability, was that he had been mis-prescribed medication with known links to homicide and suicide, which NICE recommends only for moderate to severe depression.

AntiDepAware Blog.

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When is a suicide not a suicide?

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This blog was written by Brian today. His blog ‘AntiDepAware‘ is such a revelation. His knowledge on prescription drug-induced deaths, coupled with brilliant investigational skills, surpasses no-one that I’m aware of.

It may come as no surprise that most of the victims in this particular blog were on Citalopram. Despite drug companies admitting that antidepressants (SSRIs in particular) can cause a person to commit suicide, Coroners seem to be lagging way behind in informing themselves. Have a read for yourselves:

When is a suicide not a suicide?

Robert Keywood was married and had two daughters, lived in Kent, and worked for Kimberley-Clark as director of human resources.

A few weeks before his death, he had travelled to Poland and America on business and was having trouble sleeping. He went to see his GP, and was prescribed sleeping tablets and antidepressants.

One Friday last November, Mr Keywood drove to the Pentagon shopping centre in Chatham, where he took his own life by jumping from the top of the multi-storey car park (right). A note left on the passenger seat of his car read: “You’re better off without me, love Bob.”Multi story

Ann, his wife of almost 30 years, told the inquest her husband had acted “agitated” and “out of character” on a number of occasions before he died.

CoronerDeputy assistant coroner Alison Summers (left) said, “One gleans some insight into a particular person’s life and it’s clear to me this was very out of character,” before recording a verdict of suicide.

To give a verdict of suicide, a coroner needs to be certain that the person intended to kill himself or herself. Often, the existence of a written note is regarded as evidence of intent. In this case, Mr Keywood had written just seven words on a piece of paper left in his car.

In a case where medication could well be the cause, however, it is surely relevant to ask the question: “Would the person have killed him/herself if he/she had not been taking medication?” In this case, like so many before it, Mr Keywood had no recorded history of depression, and only began to act agitated and out of character after having been prescribed medication. From the newspaper report, it would appear probable that an adverse reaction to antidepressants was responsible for Mr Keyword’s death. Therefore, unless there are circumstances that have gone unreported, suicide may not be the correct verdict in this case.

Like Mr Keywood, Trina Clinton, a 54-year-old housewife from Redditch, took her life by falling from a multi-storey car park in March 2005. Worcestershire Coroner Victor Round originally recorded a verdict of suicide but told the court that a blood test revealed the prescribed antidepressant Citalopram in Mrs Clinton’s blood.

After Mrs Clinton’s sister-in-law said that the antidepressant “must have been a contributory factor”, Mr Round changed the verdict to “suicide while under medication”. He then modified his verdict again to record an open verdict.

In the same month, Carwyn Lewisa 38-year-old air steward from Carmarthen, was found dead in a bath full of water with a travel case full of books on top of him. He had been suffering from depression for some time.

But the coroner said he could not record a verdict of suicide because of the possible side-effects of the antidepressant drugs that Mr Lewis had been taking. He recorded an open verdict.

Ian Fox, a 65-year-old retired postal worker from Edgware, died in July 2008 after throwing himself in front of a train at Finchley Road Tube station.

He had been prescribed the antidepressant Citalopram for just one month before taking his life and he had expressed a wish to come off it, complaining of confusion and anxiety.

At his inquest, Mr Fox’s wife blamed her husband’s sudden death on the medication, saying that her husband’s action was completely out of character. She described how, until he began taking Citalopram, he had only been suffering from mild depression, brought on by retirement from his job and a foot injury.

Coroner Dr Andrew Reid recorded a narrative verdict in which he accepted that Mr Fox had jumped in front of the train, but added: “I’m satisfied he did so while the balance of his mind was disturbed while suffering the adverse effects of Citalopram.”

Brian PalmerIn September 2011, self-employed electrician Brian Palmer (left), 63, from Littlehampton, visited his GP as a consequence of financial worries. He was prescribed Fluoxetine (Prozac) and Zopiclone. A few days later, Mr Palmer shot himself.

At the inquest, Mr Palmer’s widow Jennifer told the inquest that days after Mr Palmer began taking the drugs, his mental health deteriorated. She said: “I noticed a change in him almost straight after taking the pills. I asked to see the box in the days before but he said he couldn’t find it. I found it a few days after his death and it listed all the changes I had seen in him. My heart just stopped. I didn’t go down there with him, when he picked up the prescription – I wish I had. We have had to learn the hard way. I can’t bear to think of any other families going through this kind of trauma.”

Coroner Penelope Schofield recorded a narrative verdict, in which she concluded that Mr Palmer took his own life following the prescription of antidepressant pills.

In each of the four cases above, the deaths have been linked to the victims’ reactions to antidepressant medication. Yet two of the cases resulted in open verdicts, while in the other two, narrative verdicts were recorded.

My database also contains cases where coroners have turned a deaf ear to evidence pertaining to reaction to antidepressants. This was particularly noticeable in inquests into the Bridgend hangings.

At the inquest of Christopher Ward, for example, a police officer provided the information that 29 year-old Mr Ward “had been prescribed Citalopram for depression.” Even so, Coroner Peter Maddox declared that: “There was a lack of anything in the system that would have altered his judgement, you would expect him to understand what he was doing and the consequences,” said Mr Maddox. “I can’t ignore the circumstances in which he was found, the toxicology results which suggests he was in control of his faculties.” Mr Maddox recorded a verdict of suicide, thus completely ignoring the possibility that Citalopram may have “altered his judgement”.

Lana WilliamsIn the case of 20 year-old mother Lana Williams (right), her fiancé said she had seemed “in good spirits” when he had left the house for work on the morning of her death. A police officer reported that “although Miss Williams had suffered post-natal depression, for which she was still taking medication, there was no other history of mental health problems.” After hearing the evidence, “Coroner Peter Maddox said he thought an appropriate verdict was that Lana Williams took her own life.”

It has been proposed that there should be a separate verdict for those who have taken their lives while under the influence of prescribed medication. This would be a verdict of “Iatrogenic Suicide”, the word iatrogenesis being defined as an inadvertent adverse effect or complication resulting from medical treatment or advice. This would be supported by those who are concerned that suicide figures are underestimated due to the number of self-inflicted deaths registered as open or narrative verdicts.

On the other hand, Dr David Healy writes that: “If someone jumps to their death from a 10th floor balcony under the influence of LSD, unless there is clear evidence beforehand that this was what was planned, an open verdict would be more appropriate than a suicide verdict.”

SSRIs are capable of causing similarly tragic outcomes, and bereaved families who recognised that their loved one’s death was caused by a reaction to medication would be disappointed to receive a verdict of suicide in such cases.

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Brian’s Beachy Head Stories

Beachy HeadThis post was recently written by Brian at AntiDepAware. Here he argues the idiocy of experienced Coroners who should know better. The post involves Beachy Head inquests which are largely presided over by Coroner Craze and Deputy Pratt (and no I didn’t make that up).
Incidentally, while looking for a picture of Coroner Craze I realized that he was the same Coroner who decided that author Elspeth Thompson died by suicide. At the time of her death she had also been recently prescribed antidepressants. When will Coroners grasp the fact that a drug-induced suicide is not suicide? Ireland has a similar ‘hotspot’ in the Cliffs of Moher. Here consultant psychiatrist Dr Bhamjee states that the ‘suicide’ issue needs to be tackled, although considering his stance on NewsTalk last week, he wont be blaming the mind altering drugs! Now there’s a surprise!
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Beachy Head Stories

Posted on April 18, 2013 by 

Beachy Head is a chalk headland in Southern England, close to the town of Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex. The cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres above sea level. Its height has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world.

There are an estimated 20 deaths a year at Beachy Head. The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team conducts regular day and evening patrols of the area inSamaritans Call-box attempts to locate and stop potential jumpers. Workers at the pub and taxi drivers are also on the look-out for people contemplating suicide, and there are posted signs with the telephone number of Samaritans urging potential jumpers to call them.

During the past 10 years, the majority of inquests relating to these deaths have been carried out either by Alan Craze, coroner for East Sussex, or by his Deputy, Joanna Pratt. Remarkably, not many of the inquest reports to be found in the newspapers of East Sussex mention either toxicology findings, or the medical history of the victims. It would seem fair to assume that these tend not to be brought up at the inquests themselves – at least, not instigated by the coroner.

Nevertheless, here are just a few of those stories.

In November 2003, Mr Craze presided over the inquest of Oliver Carter, an ex-soldier from East Sussex who drove his car off Beachy Head after breaking up with his girlfriend. Mr Carter had been discharged from the Army the previous year, when he was diagnosed as having a depressive illness. He had been placed on the antidepressant Citalopram. His brother Toby said: “I saw him six hours before his death. It was the best I had seen him for a good long while that night.” Mr Craze delivered a verdict of suicide, without considering why Mr Carter’s mood had changed so drastically.

Days before his death in July 2008, Giles Parker had been prescribed antidepressants, following months of declining such treatment. Three days later he turned up at 6am at the hospital in Eastbourne saying he had taken an overdose of around 30 tablets the night before. He was seen by a doctor, and a series of tests were taken. He told staff he did not have suicidal thoughts and left the hospital. The inquest heard that a couple were walking on Beachy Head later that morning at around 10.15am when a vehicle that Mr Parker was driving sped by on a nearby track. A witness statement said, “He ran around the back of the vehicle, towards the cliff edge and dived off.” A post-mortem showed he had died of multiple injuries.

Mr Parker’s mother said she had no doubt he had taken his own life because he could no longer live with a mental illness. She, along with Mr Parker’s sisters, questioned why the team at the hospital on the day did not have access to his previous mental health records and why, if someone came into hospital having said they had taken an overdose, they would be considered not suicidal. A consultant at the A&E department said that Mr Parker was deemed a low risk and therefore the hospital could not stop him from leaving the premises. He told the inquest that the team did not have access to patients’ mental health records because of legal reasons. Had Mr Parker been seen by the psychiatric liaison team they could have accessed any such records.

Coroner Alan Craze said, “I find myself on so many occasions saying ‘if only’. If only Mr Parker had chosen to stay or there was something medically wrong this might have been different but the fact is he didn’t.” Recording a verdict of suicide he called Mr Parker’s death an ‘awful tragedy’ and added, “I can’t see that anybody linked to this tragedy could have taken different action.” Yet Mr Craze himself could have taken a different action. By 2008 he must have been aware how volatile antidepressants can be at the beginning of uptake. Nevertheless, he failed to let Mr Parker’s family know about the significance of the medication that had, in all probability, led him to the hospital, and from there to the cliff.

Medical student Matthew Campsall was spotted at Beachy Head by a coastguard who said he had seen a man who was pacing up and down over the fence line. He was then seen to walk to the cliff edge and disappear. Matthew, who had in fact driven all the way from Leicestershire, a distance of approximately 300 km, to take his life, had previously spent a few days in a psychiatric unit after presenting bizarre behaviour while in A&E.

His care co-ordinator said, “I think that he felt he had been working a lot, doing lots of odd hours, no sleeping pattern on top of revising for finals, he found he was under a lot of stress.” She added that he was making jokes the last time she saw him, a fortnight before his death. A psychiatrist added that Matthew had been relatively frank in meetings. Responding to these comments, Coroner Alan Craze said, “This is a rare case, even with hindsight there’s nothing to indicate to me as a lay-man or to you as a professional that he was at risk of taking his own life.”

He recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed. Matthew’s parents gave an interview to the Sunday Mercury that revealed more of his story: “When his girlfriend left him, he had mild depression but literally just mild depression. He was prescribed Prozac, which we didn’t know about and were unhappy about, but he seemed to be recovered and had seen a counsellor. The moment you mention those things people start thinking there is more to this. But if you had seen him in the weeks before this – he went on holiday to Yorkshire and with his aunt to Bournemouth. “The only thing we can think is the failure on the course, but on the other hand 35 people failed this year. As far as we know six or seven of his friends had failed, so he was going to go back with them to retake it. But you don’t know what’s happening behind the eyes. We don’t understand why he did it.’’

Perhaps by now Matthew’s parents know more about the propensity of Prozac to induce suicidal thoughts. What is certain is that they were not given that information at Matthew’s inquest.

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Mr Craze’s deputy, Joanna Pratt (above) appears just as adept at ignoring evidence concerning the effect of antidepressants. This can be seen in the inquest of Jason Edwards. The 40-year-old father-of-two had been prescribed antidepressants in November 2009 after suffering from sleep problems following a bad back. Paula Harding, his partner of 22 years and the mother of his children, said, “He wanted a short-term fix to enable him to get a few nights’ sleep so he could go up to London to further his business. “When he came back with anti-depressants I was surprised because he said he only wanted something to help him sleep. “The anxiety was down to getting his business moving. It was just frustration.”

Ms Harding said Mr Edwards changed after he started taking the medication. “Overnight he seemed to change,” she said. “He was restless and agitated. He said he felt like there was adrenaline sawing around his body.” Ms Harding said her husband had gone from being confident and easy-going to paranoid since he started taking the medication. She said, “I said, ‘you have got to go back, you need to get off this’. It was just not right.” Ms Harding always wanted her partner to get off the medication and she researched the drugs and found psychosis and paranoia were recognised side-effects.

There was a time when Mr Edwards stopped taking the medication for a short period and Ms Harding said his mood and behaviour settled. Mr Edwards had many appointments with his GP, was referred to the community mental health team in Littlehampton and tried meditation and hypnotherapy. He experienced ups and downs and admitted that he had suicidal thoughts when filling out a depression questionnaire at his doctor’s surgery. At that point, his GP changed his medication to an anti-depressant which he said was less dangerous in overdose. Presumably this would be an SSRI, which is particularly risky upon starting or changing dosage. Despite continuing his job and taking their daughter to school, Mr Edwards’ mental state worsened and on March 19 he sent a goodbye text message to his brother from the top of Beachy Head. His body was recovered from the foot of the cliffs by coastguard teams the next day.

After hearing all this first-hand evidence, Miss Pratt simply recorded a verdict of suicide.

The most recent name in my inquest database is Sally Ann Vye, a redundant shoe shop manager who, like Matthew, also made the 300 km journey from Leicestershire. Last June she travelled by bus to London, and then took another bus to Eastbourne. She was rescued on the edge of the cliffs by members of the local chaplaincy team, and taken back to Leicestershire. Twelve days later, she repeated the journey, but this time there was  nobody to stop her achieving her goal. She was on antidepressants.

http://antidepaware.co.uk/

http://antidepaware.co.uk/what-the-coroners-say-part-1-2003/

http://antidepaware.co.uk/what-the-coroners-say-part-2-2004-2005/

http://antidepaware.co.uk/what-the-coroners-say-part-3-2006-2008/

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Triple Verdict following ‘Citalopram’ Inquest

Here’s a strange and unusual occurance which happened following the death of a woman from Wythall in 2005. Coincidentally, this area is adjacent to Solihull, the same place where Yvonne Woodley and Wayne Grew were prescribed Citalopram.

Have these English doctors been ‘Lundbecked’ and why are the Coroners not coming to a verdict which the evidence is clearly pointing to? The common demominator here is Citalopram!

Coroner has triple verdict

A CORONER changed his findings into the death of a Wythall woman (who jumped from a car park) from suicide to an open verdict, after pressure from her family.

Ms C fell to her death from the top of Kingfisher Centre Car Park off Redditch Ringway. Worcestershire Coroner Victor Round originally recorded a verdict of suicide at the inquest but told the court a blood test revealed the prescribed antidepressant Citalopram in Ms C’s blood.

Mr Round changed the verdict to ‘suicide while under medication’ after Ms C’s sister-in-law and life-long friend said that the antidepressant ‘must have been a contributory factor’.

He modified his verdict again to record an open verdict.

As my friend who sent me this article said “Given another few minutes and a couple more interventions, this Coroner might have ended up with the verdict “Murdered” by Lundbeck!” Shame he wasn’t pressured a little more, although he obviously felt there was more to this woman’s death than meets the eye!

Link to article  Wayne Grew  Yvonne Woodley

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How many Coroners does it take?

Here’s one I missed. This was sent to me by my English friends who also lost their son to a Citalopram Induced death. Their son, having never suffered from depression, was put on this dangerous drug for ‘stress at work’. A few days later he was dead.

There have been numerous Coroners around the world that have voiced their concerns that SSRI’s are causing people to become suicidal. You can see some of them here (although only the Coroners concerned with Citalopram).

In 2006 Coroner David Osborne voiced his concerns at the Inquest of John Rudd, 62, who just days before his death had started taking Citalopram. Mr Rudd, a retired lorry-driver, died after being hit by a train. His wife said that her husband “had never thought about committing suicide or had been depressed.”

Mr. Osborne said there was no evidence that Mr. Rudd intended to commit suicide, but since Christmas he had dealt with the cases of six people who died shortly after being prescribed Citalopram. The Inquest was in April which meant that, in the previous 4 months, SIX cases had come before him relating to a Citalopram Induced death. That’s one Coroner, in one district! How many other cases have come before other Coroners? How many Citalopram Induced deaths have there been since? Shane and my friend’s son and countless others I could mention, are just the tip of the iceberg.

The Coroner also said ““We have no evidence of intent to commit suicide so I think the proper course of action for me in this case is to record an open verdict” and “In most cases the people had been prescribed that medication (Citalopram) for a short period of time – days or weeks – and then they took their own life usually totally out of the blue”.

Even now the ‘Irish College of Psychiatry’ deny that these drugs can cause suicide. Up until today, despite Prof Healy and Declan Gilsenan informing the Irish Government of the dangers of these drugs, Kathleen Lynch and James Reilly have done nothing. How many Coroners does it take before these people will do the job they are paid to do? This is not the first time that this was brought to the attention of the Irish Government. In 2006, three members of ‘mind freedom Ireland’, along with Dr Michael Corry and John Mc Carthy testified about the dangers of psychiatric drugs in ‘The Dáil’ (Irish Parliament). Link. The previous Government did nothing about it either. I wonder if they could be found guilty of manslaughter?

James Torlakson, whose daughter Elizabeth also died by walking in front of a train, also believes her death was as a result of Citalopram. Her autopsy report stated that the presence of Citalopram (Celexa) in her body was the other significant factor contributing to her death (the first being the train).

Another man who died by walking in front of a train was Ian Fox. Coroner Dr Andrew Reid said he accepted that Mr Fox had jumped in front of the train, adding: “I’m satisfied he did so while the balance of his mind was disturbed while suffering the adverse effects of Citalopram.”

Depressants or antidepressants?

Link to Article.

Another Article on Mr Rudd.

Citalopram, the wonder drug…’wonder how it was approved drug?’

Ian Fox

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Wayne Grew: Another victim of Citalopram?

Four months after ‘doting dad’ Wayne Grew heard he might be losing his job he died by suicide. At a recent Inquest, his wife Lisa told how his health deteriorated after being told his job with the local authority was at threat. She said Mr Grew had been “fit and  healthy” beforehand.

The article states that he “was given counselling plus a series of different drugs, including Temazepam and Citalopram.” He was diagnosed with ‘adjustment disorder’ because he had failed to adjust to his situation at work. Seriously??

His GP Dr Ahmed told the hearing: “I think we did the best we could for him.” Really? How come he’s dead then? Temazepam comes with listed side-effects such as: confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself and Citalopram comes with warnings such as ‘self-harm and harm to others’ and has killed countless unsuspecting consumers including my son! Was Mr. Grew or his family warned of this?

The article also mentions that he was seen by a few different ‘mental health’ centres including one in Solihull. This is the same place where Yvonne Woodley lived, where she was prescribed Citalopram and where she died 3 weeks after doctors continually upped her dosage of Citalopram. At Yvonne’s Inquest, Dr Christopher Muldoon, representing Lundbeck, admitted that Citalopram “could cause someone to take their life who had not previously thought of doing so.” The Coroner in Yvonne’s case was Birmingham Coroner Aiden Cotter. He called for an ‘urgent investigation’ into the drug after experts raised concerns over its side-effects. Yvonne’s story here.

Sadly it seems that the Coroner’s warning at Yvonne’s Inquest has gone unnoticed and Citalopram is still being prescribed to cause futher deaths in Solihull. Both Yvonne and Wayne’s health deteriorated instead of improving on these drugs. These drugs which are wrongly described as antidepressants, in a lot of cases act as an extreme depressant and double the risk of suicide.

Margaret’s story here concerns the same combination of drugs. She states “Our son went to his GP with poor sleep because of worries at work. His doctor said he was depressed and put him on a combination of Citalopram and Temazepam. A week later he took his own life.”

So will Yvonne, Wayne, Shane, Margaret’s son and all the others be put down to co-incidence or will doctors finally start putting 2 and 2 together? How many more?

Birmingham Mail Article here.

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Citalopram aggression, how much evidence do we need?

How much evidence do the regulators need?

More evidence has emerged today that Citalopram can cause violence. Professor Healy’s blog today tells of his experience with an 8o year old man who had a stroke and was subsequently prescribed Citalopram. Here he states that in his opinion the man did not need an antidepressant….

I stopped his SSRI and said I would come back in a week to see how things looked – perhaps his depression would be more obvious then.

A week later, Jeff seemed much better than he had been on citalopram. He clearly didn’t need an antidepressant – if he wasn’t rehabilitating it was because of where his stroke had struck.

I got up to leave just as his family came in. He grabbed my arm. ‘I’ve something to tell you before you go. You see the man across the room’. There was another older man confined to his bed.

‘Well while on those pills you know I had a terrible urge to get up from my bed in the night and go over and strangle him. I don’t know why. I’ve never seen him before. Those feelings have gone since you stopped my pills.’ Full post here.

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What about Lundbeck, who are under investigation by the European Commission? Even they have admitted that their drug can cause suicide.

AC: Do you believe that citalopram can cause somebody who would not otherwise take their own life to do so?

CM (Lundbeck Doctor) : Yes.

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What about 1boringoldman, another psychiatrist with a terrible experience of Citalopram….

He got called for an interview at the school, and I was afraid that he was so depressed that he wouldn’t be able to rise to the occasion, so I put him on Citalopram [$4/month at Kroger]. After just a few days, he became “crazy” and like a “madman.” He couldn’t sleep and progressed to delirium. It cleared in a day and a half off the medication. “I was jumping out of my skin. I wanted to kill, me or someone else,” he said later. I learned my lesson.

What about all the other Coroner’s who have expressed concerns about this depressant, excuse me for my choice of word but these concerns have been raised at people’s Inquests, so Citalopram certainly wasn’t an anti-depressant; Magistrate Jacqueline M. Milledge, Aus, Coroner Ian Smith Cumbria, U.K, Birmingham coroner Aiden Cotter U.K, Brecon coroner Geraint Williams, and our own ex-pathologist Declan Gilsenan.

This post is only about Citalopram. I haven’t even started on Escitalopram (same product, different label) or any other SSRI. It seems they all have similar effects and can cause suicide, homicide, aggression, Depression, and Birth defects.

So tell me, how much evidence is needed before people are allowed to get a fair warning? How long will the College of psychiatry of Ireland get away with denying the side-effects? How many Shanes will there be before then? How many more Coroners and psychiatrists will it take to raise their concerns, before the IMB or the EMA will do the job that they are paid to do?

And lastly, will Lundbeck ever decide to do the decent thing and slap the warnings on these drugs? Or will the European Commission expose more of their corruption and fraud? Or maybe Lundbeck’s pharmacovigilence department will publish the number of reported deaths? As Shane would have said, Meh!

I should mention that Citalopram and Escitalopram came 14th and 16th in the PLoS ONE study “Prescription Drugs Associated with Reports of Violence Towards Others”. Link, 31 drugs were identified; 11 were antidepressants. Still not enough evidence?

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Another two Inquests this month; Citalopram involved in both.

Two Inquests this month concerned two young women who were both suffering from anorexia. Both had been prescribed Citalopram shortly before their death.

An inquest at Southwark Coroner’s Court yesterday dealt with a paediatrician, Dr Melanie Spooner, 30. Dr Spooner had battled an eating disorder since the age of 13. She was found dead by her parents in her London flat on September 25 2011, after suffering heart failure. “Sudden cardiac deaths are recognised in anorexia, so I think that’s the most likely cause of her death,” said pathologist Dr Peter Jerreat.

A report from her GP surgery said she had been prescribed citalopram, an anti-depressant, shortly before her death.

Did anyone acknowledge or voice concerns that Citalopram has recently been found to cause sudden cardiac deaths?  Citalopram heart risk.

According to the FDA, Celexa “can cause abnormal changes to the electrical activity of the heart.” These changes, known as prolongation of the QT interval, can lead to fatal changes in the heart’s rhythm. Link.

At another Inquest this month, Katie Lumb, 23, a promising medical student who also battled with an eating disorder, died when her severely-emaciated body failed to cope with anti-depressants prescribed by her GP mother. Recording a narrative verdict, West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said: ‘A post mortem examination shows the cause of death to be citalopram toxicity. Link.

How many more deaths will occur before the IMB or the EMA will do their job?

https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/how-many-deaths-this-week-from-citalopram/

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Wexford suicide; what is being done?

On Thursday (8thDec), eight inquests were performed in the Wexford Coroner’s Court. Six of these Inquests involved suicide.

I would like to know what is being done about this, is it just being accepted? Did any of our (extremely well paid) ‘esteemed’ experts take the opportunity to figure out if there was a common denominator here? Were any or all of these victims on medication with known suicidal side-effects, usually antidepressants? Did any of our ‘top’ experts on suicidology use this opportunity to get to the underlying cause? I realise that suicide is a very sensitive subject and not all families want (or are able) to talk about the suicide of family members, but some, like my family will want to know the reasons behind it.

I have previously spoken to a person from the central statistics office who told me that there are no statistics held for suicide victims and the medication they were on at the time of their death. This is done in other countries, so why not here? A Swedish writer, Janne Larrson, has written a paper on the subject. Here.

Wexford has had a big problem with suicide for a number of years; in 2005 the Irish Independent reported that Wexford had the second highest rate of suicide in the country.

I personally spoke to a pathologist, whose name I won’t mention, who said, that in the last 5 autopsies that he has performed on suicide victims, 4 had been recently introduced to an ssri antidepressant. His opinion is that there is a big problem in this country with these drugs. He also said that after one particular Inquest, he was approached by one of Irelands ‘leading’ psychiatrists who said that if he continued to say what he was saying, he would be doing Irish Psychiatry out of their jobs.

For the benefit of people in countries not originally colonized by England, who have no idea what an inquest is; A Coroner conducts an inquest (in public) into any violent, suspicious or unexplained death. The purpose of an Inquest is to determine ‘who, how, when and where’ a person has died. In Ireland, Inquests are regulated by The Coroners Act 1962.

A letter published coincidently on Thurs 8th, in the Irish Times Letter section prompted, I think, by Dr Moosajee Bhamjee’s proposal to add lithium to Irish drinking water in a bid to lower the suicide rate (more medication, did he ever hear of informed consent), gives his opinion on psychiatry and their practice of medicating for human distress!

A chara, – If any branch of medicine thinks it can medicate its way out of a “problem”, it is psychiatry. Irrespective of attacks on human and constitutional rights (letters, passim) the idea of putting lithium into drinking water is flippant and fanciful.

While depressive symptoms arising out of adverse social conditions might be “managed” this way, the causes – unemployment, poverty, deprivation, negative equity – remain untouched. However, if psychiatrists could prescribe money in the way the Government “prescribed” it for the banks and bondholders . . . – Is mise,

MICHAEL NASH,

Lecturer in Psychiatric Nursing,

School of Nursing and

Midwifery,

Trinity College Dublin,

D’Olier Street, Dublin 2.

cipramil (celexa) stories,, lundbeck, Newspaper and internet articles

Woman 73, dies by suicide after 19 days on the depressant Citalopram.

Julie McGregor 73, a retired practice nurse, 19 days on Citalopram; result, suicide by drowning. C’mon, how many more? This article states that this woman had a history of depression; 20 years ago? C’mon! No mention of the suicide ideation that can accompany the drug then?

Did anyone inform her husband of the dangers and was Mrs McGregor informed? Maybe as an ex-nurse this poor woman believed the dangerous propaganda and lies that Lundbeck dish out to the unsuspecting public! This picture is from their “Mind yourself for older people” campaign; no mention of suicide ideation here either. Did this Coroner not hear about Birmingham coroner, Aiden Cotter, who ordered an urgent investigation into this same drug after Yvonne Woodley’s Inquest? Link. Or this other Coroner who blamed Citalopram for Mr. Fox’s death…Link

9 November 2011

A WOMAN who died after drowning in a lake at Harrold Odel Country Park had a history of depression.

 Julie McGregor, a retired practice nurse, who lived in High Street, Harrold, took her own life after a depressive illness which she had suffered from 20 years ago returned earlier this year.

An inquest on Tuesday heard how on July 31 this year the body of Mrs McGregor was pulled from the right hand lake at the country park.

Evidence was given by Charles Pavey, of Thurleigh who noticed the body at around 10.35am when he visited the park and sat on a bench close to the scene.

The inquest was told how Mrs McGregor had visited her GP on July 12 complaining of depression but that she did not report any suicidal thoughts.

She was prescribed the antidepressant citalopram, therapeutic levels of which were found in her system when she died. The court also heard how she had refused to take part in any further treatment claiming that she would be fine.

No alcohol or illegal drugs had been taken.

During the inquest the coroner expressed his sympathies to her husband and heard evidence from PC Paul Grieve.

PC Grieve attended the scene and was responsible for dealing with the identification of the body and the subsequent investigation.

He said that there was no sign of a disturbance at the scene and he was satisfied that no third party had been involved in Mrs McGregor’s death.

Delivering his verdict Coroner David Morris said: “From the circumstances given to me I have no alternative but to record unfortunately that she took her own life.

“But I would add that she took her own life while suffering from a depressive illness.”