https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VhZGK7h3IY This week the BBC aired a Panorama documentary titled 'A Prescription for Murder' which has stirred some much-needed debate on the mind-altering effects of SSRIs. The very-astute presenter Shelley Jofre is known for tackling ground-breaking medical-related issues, including 'Who's Paying Your Doctor' and 'The Secrets of Seroxat'. (Due to the circumstances surrounding my son… Continue reading Panorama – A Prescription for Murder.
Strange to be writing about someone who's alive, but a nice change all the same. A survivor, who knew? Sorry, sarcasm - you can take the girl outta Sallynoggin... Gareth O’Callaghan is a well known Irish author, radio presenter and mental health activist. He has written numerous books on depression, including the popular A Day… Continue reading Gareth O’Callaghan on Citalopram.
Today I attended the inquest of Jake McGill Lynch, which concluded with the Coroner returning an open verdict. Firstly, amid all the legal argument, there was an infinitely more important factor; Jake.. In 2012 Jake was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome; he was just that 'little bit different' ye see. He was a little too intelligent; too good;… Continue reading The Inquest of Jake McGill Lynch (age 14).
So myself and the poor long-suffering husband are just back from London, having attended a talk in the House of Commons given by Professor David Healy; 'Antidepressants and The Politics of Health'. The meeting was chaired by MP Jim Dobbins who has previously aired concerns about the pharmaceutical industry and its close involvement within academia,… Continue reading Westminster Exposé
Next week BBC's Panorama team are tackling the issue of antidepressant use in pregnancy. The programme will be broadcast on Mon 1st july, entitled 'The Truth About Pills and Pregnancy'. According to the UK Independent "The programme will broadcast an interview with Anna Wilson, whose son David spent the first five weeks of his life in… Continue reading Panorama Expose on Citalopram use in Pregnancy.
In 2009 following Shane's death, a 'Tribune' journalist 'Ali Bracken' decided to find out whether antidepressants were being over-prescribed in Ireland. She presented to 5 doctors with symptoms of mild-depression and was shocked when 4 out of 5 prescribed her an antidepressant. The article 'A Pill For Every Ill' can be viewed here. So what has… Continue reading Ireland’s over-prescribing disaster.
In a week where Ireland has seen several young people die by suicide, we had the usual rush for answers to a growing problem, which it seems, no-one can fix. Certainly the Government are pretty useless at tackling the suicide 'issue' and numerous newspaper articles, however well-meaning, are not helping. An 'Irish Independent' article this week regarding… Continue reading Are Newspaper articles doing more harm than good?
I have written an article which appears in the 'health and living' section of the Irish Independent today; here. The writing is all mine this time, so for anyone who doesn't agree; it's all my work and I stand by everything I said. There was a paragraph missing to do with antidepressants and miscarriages; I feel… Continue reading Are they mad or what?
Last week Professor Healy spoke on RTE radio with Professor Veronica O’ Keane, consultant psychiatrist in Trinity College. The debate (podcast) centered on the 'increased use of sedatives and antidepressants'. Professor O' Keane stated that antidepressants are not addictive drugs, where-as Professor Healy said that they are indeed highly addictive and that it's easier to come off… Continue reading David Healy v Veronica O’ Keane
I receive e-mails occasionally from people looking for information on SSRI's. Usually they're from people with stories like mine with tragic endings but sometimes, just sometimes, there are nice stories of people who have survived their experience. Here's one from a reader who would like to share; she wants to address the importance of an informed decision. Sadly,… Continue reading Dear Leonie