18 Year Old Kills Self: Parents Blame Recent Abrupt Withdrawal from Depression Med

Paragraphs four & five read:  "He was prescribed antidepressants, his mother, Beth Fager, said, but had stopped taking them shortly before he took his own life."

" 'It's important for people to know of the dangers of (stopping the medication),'  she said.  'You can't go from a high dosage to nothing.' "

SSRI Stories note:  Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a medication.  It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these antidepressants, usually over a period of a year or more, under the supervision of a qualified specialist.  Withdrawal is sometimes more severe than the original symptoms or problems.

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Benefit to aid late Manchester Township teen's children

Saturday, September 18, 2010 8:02 AM

(Source: York Daily Record)tracking By Rebecca Lefever, York Daily Record, Pa.

Sept. 18–Brent Fager could spend hours fishing along creeks and streams, said his grandmother Barbara Dull of Manchester [] Township.

"He would call me his 'bait girl,' and every time his line got caught in the trees overhead I'd climb to retrieve it," she said.

Brent was Dull's first grandchild, and when he died May 29, 2009, at 18 years old, she lost one of her closest friends.

He was prescribed antidepressants, his mother, Beth Fager, said, but had stopped taking them shortly before he took his own life.

"It's important for people to know of the dangers of (stopping the medication)," she said. "You can't go from a high dosage to nothing."

Since his death, Beth and her husband, Michael, have been struggling to pay for Brent's

funeral costs. When friends of the family saw their struggle, they stepped in to help.

The Brent Fager Memorial Benefit will be noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Hop at San Carlo's in Manchester Township.

Tickets for the event are $10 with a pork barbecue meal, or $20 for a meal and T-shirt. Live entertainment will include the bands Jazz Me, Ready Kilowatt, Justin Black and Piece of Me.

"We would love to achieve our goal of $5,000," said Michael Hansen, a friend of the family and one of five people organizing the event. "We want the money to really help (Brent's) family."

Proceeds will be used to help pay funeral costs, with a portion of the funds going toward Olivia's House, a grief and loss center for children in York.

Donations will also be given to the family to set up trust funds for Brent's three children, Caleb, Caden and Haylee.

Since his death, Beth has found comfort in Brent's children.

"I'm so grateful for my grandchildren, because they're a memory of him," she said.

Hansen said they hope to have a benefit in Brent's name on a yearly basis, to keep the memory of this young man alive.

"I think it's a great way to remember him," Dull said. "The people who are doing it are very caring and lovely to do it."

If you go

What: Brent Fager Memorial Benefit

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Food served noon to 6 p.m.

Where: The Hop at San Carlo's, 333 Arsenal Road, Manchester Township

Cost: $10 for a pork barbecue meal, $20 for a meal and T-shirt.

For more info: Call 443-324-3328 or 487-5377.

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