Archive for Sleepwalking

Sleep Drugs Like Ambien Will Get a New FDA Warning About Potentially Fatal Side Effects — (Gizmodo)
SSRI Ed note: FDA belatedly (26 yrs too late) acknowledges that "z" drugs like zolpidem can cause parasomnias with deadly outcomes for some people.
Suicide Or Murder? Philadelphia Teacher’s Baffling Death Still Leaves Her Family Searching For Answers — (Oxygen)
SSRI Ed note: Successful woman on a "range of pharmaceuticals" including zolpidem, clonazepam, stabs herself to death. Disbelieving family unaware of worst med side effects.
Daughter killed her 93-year-old Sheffield mum — (The Star)
SSRI Ed note: 'Caring and loving’ daughter who had been providing 'exemplary' care to her elderly mum, beats her to death while in dream state. Depression blamed. Convicted.
Nick Cutter’s Death Exposes Neglect Scandal at Miami VA Hospital — (Miami New Times)
A case of sleep driving? — (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Defense: Stewart doesn’t remember nursing home shooting — (WRAL)
SSRI Ed note: Nurse prescribes man, 46, Lexapro, Xanax, Ambien. 2 days later he shoots 11 nursing home residents in a zombie-like state, 8 die. He gets life.
UPDATE: Judge gives woman probation in Incline Village husband’s slaying after children request it — (
KTLA SPECIAL REPORT: Fmr. Cop Accused Of Rape Blames Anti-Depressant Medication — (KTLA)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Zoloft, neurontin drinks, kidnaps & rapes woman, has no recollection of events, is charged, drug defence rejected, dies by suicide. Wife realizes truth.
Sleep disorders a nightmare for many — (Chicago Tribune)
Tough old soldier battles new enemy: Suicide epidemic — (McClatchy DC)
Briton who strangled wife in his sleep walks free; Man ‘had nightmare about burglar and woke to find he had strangled wife’ — (The Telegraph)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants has sleep disorder, stops taking medication for holiday with wife, murders her in his sleep.
Sleeping-pill defense claimed in Denver-area murder case — (The Denver Post)
A Combat Soldier on Death Row? — (Salem-News)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier has bad reaction to meds issued by V.A., Paxil, Zoloft, & Clonazepam sent home suffering PTSD, kills 2, injures 1 thinking them "hostiles", gets life.
Sleepwalker acquitted of attempted murder—The Telegraph
Ambien-fueled infidelity? Sleepwalking man claims no memory — (City Pages)
SSRI Ed note: Ambien in high dose or with antidepressant leads to sleepwalking, sexual activity, memory loss
Tom and Diane Vande Burgt formed their own support group for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, a condition that plagues Tom.—(
REM and Antidepressants — (The Legal Examiner Affiiate Network)
SSRI Ed note: A reference to SSRI-induced parasomnia in which the chemical that suppresses activity during REM sleep is disrupted.
Sleep Violence: Antidepressant Link? — (CBS News)
SSRI Ed note: Mayo clinic teams takes 1st step toward discovering that SSRIs cause parasomnias, a phenomenon now known elsewhere.
Jury acquits sex-sleep man in an hour — (The Australian)
Sleepwalking defense out in biting case retrial — (The Journal News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants drinks, suffers parasomnia/sleepwalking, attacks and bites woman, defence that act involuntary disallowed.
Girlfriend Believes Chantix Contributed to Texas Musician’s Death — (ABC News)
SSRI Ed note: Talented musician takes Chantix to stop smoking, has hallucinations / dreams while awake, this leads to him being shot by neighbour. Girlfriend blames med.
Motions delay nail-gun trial — (The Western Nevada County Union)
SSRI Ed note: Man withdrawing from Paxil takes former wife and daughter hostage, kills ex with nail gun, attempts suicide, uses "unconsciousness" defence at trial.
Violent Dreaming and Antidepressant Drugs: or How Paroxetine Made Me Dream That I Was Fighting Saddam Hussein — (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine)
SSRI Ed note: Doc at U Arizona does research showing that SSRIs (Prozac, Paxil) cause disturbance of REM, nightmares, violent activity while asleep.
A rabbi finds support after shoplifting arrest — (The Miami Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Rabbi on powerful insomnia (Ambien?) and antidepressants medications (recently changed) shoplifts; this is totally out of character.
Mother of man who killed wife, daughter, self: Psychiatrist ‘could have stopped it’ — (The Westchester County Journal News)
SSRI Ed note: Psychiatrist prescribes Ambien and antidepressants to man, who starts to act strangely, strangles wife and daughter, stabs himself to death.
‘I don’t want anyone to end up like me’ — (The Boston Globe)
SSRI Ed note: Former Patriots' linebacker with CTE takes Wellbutrin, Prozac, depression worsens, he becomes confused, unreliable, has memory lapses, loses relationship.
Mom seeks parole after killing daughter in 1990 — (The Salem News)
SSRI Ed note: Terrific mum of 2 teenage girls takes antidepressants, in middle of night gets shotgun, shoots elder daughter in her sleep, attempts suicide. Parasomnia.
Man jailed for ‘sleepwalk’ murder — (BBC News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants, sleeping pills drinks, murders girlfriend, cannot remember. Act totally out of character but he is convicted due to nature of crime.
Chess prodigy death plunge mystery — (
SSRI Ed note: British teenage chess prodigy, 19, given antidepressants, commits suicide by jumping from hotel balcony.
Drugs may cause violence in sleep — (
SSRI Ed note: Doctor at Mayo clinic discovers that 80% of young people with REM sleep disorder, causing violent dreams, are on antidepressants.
REM sleep behavior disorder at young age linked to antidepressant use — (EurekAlert)
SSRI Ed note: Antidepressants appear to affect neurotransmitters, esp of young, that normally keep muscles paralyzed during REM sleep, allowing acting out of nightmares.
It’s ruled sleep sex — (
SSRI Ed note: Man on Effexor drinks, has sex with woman with no consent, court recognizes actions due to parasomnia, acquits him. Connection to medication not identified.
When the Brain Disrupts the Night — (New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Scientists find SSRIs cause parasomnia, including R.E.M. disturbance, and linked to violence. People can be partly awake and partly asleep.
Nieves in Sleepwalking State When Children Killed, Defense Suggests — (Los Angeles Times)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on diet drug and Zoloft burns her 4 children to death in house fire.
Doctor Says Drugs Put Bombing Suspect in Fantasyland — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Man on 3 psych meds including Prozac slips into fantasy state, takes home-made explosive on subway as part of planned extortion, is charged.
Knife-wielding incident leaves widow puzzled — (The Riverside Press-Enterprise)
SSRI Ed note: Man on mild dose of antidepressant falls into dreamlike state, approaches police officer chanting "kill, kill", is shot and killed.