Archive for Afghanistan

Wife of metro Detroit veteran killed in standoff with police speaks out — (WXYZ Detroit)
SSRI Ed note: Young vet loses friend to suicide, gets "help" for PTSD from VA, they change his meds, he becomes violent, suicidal, dies in standoff with police.
What happened to Lionel Desmond? An Afghanistan veteran whose war wouldn’t end — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Afghanistan vet, given Effexor, Risperdal, Zopiclone, Prazosin for PTSD, gets worse, shoots and kills his mother, wife, daughter and himself. PTSD blamed.
Soldier who killed 5 Dallas Police Officers showed PTSD symptoms, documents show — (The Los Angeles Times)
SSRI Ed note: Afghanistan vet suffers PTSD, V.A. prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds, he shoots and kills 5 police officers.
Veteran’s suicidal past wasn’t known when police put him in cell, inquiry hears — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Afghanistan veteran, 27, placed on antidepressants and neuroleptics, becomes suicidal and abuses alcohol, commits suicide. Connection officially ignored.
The Unremembered — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Four suicides, three soldiers known to be on antidepressants and other meds. The Canadian military still refuses to connect the antidepressant-suicide dots.
Soldier in highrise murder-suicide suffered from PTSD, obituary says — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran treated for PTSD, "ecstatic" to have fallen in love and married, inexplicably dies with pregnant bride in murder-suicide.
In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran's Affairs continues to push drugs, ignoring increased suicide risk
Military will publish response to suicide probe — (Toronto Star)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier on Venlafaxine/Effexor, gabapentin, Quetiapine, Zopiclone + olanzapine changes, dies by suicide. Cdn Military conducts probe, misses obvious cause.
Ronald Anderson's family calls for improved PTSD treatment — (CBC News)
Court told of former US Army captain’s violent relationship with girlfriend which led to jail — (GetReading)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants attacks PTSD vet with broken bottle, stabs teddy bear, he (probably also on meds) throws her off balcony, fractures her skull.
Investigating a military suicide when it's your son — (Aljazeera America)
Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military — (New York Times)
Army mom: Military suicides ‘out of control’ — (Army Times)
Military Wives Rally Around Wife of Accused Afghanistan Shooter Robert Bales — (The Daily Beast)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier taking Zoloft, steroids, and larium prescribed by army kills 16 Afghans, does not remember, has no idea why he did it, pleads guilty.
Attorney for suspect in double homicide raises possibility of PTSD — (The Denver Post)
SSRI Ed note: Man on medication for PSTD participates in of two murders, other offenses.
Soldier faces international scrutiny, death penalty — (The Post Chronicle)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier sees 8 in his unit killed incl 2 friends, given Zoloft, Trazadone, becomes delusional, shoots prisoner, diagnosed schizophrenic, court marshalled.
An Afghan veteran’s rage — (The Star)
The Last Tour – A decorated marine’s war within — (The New Yorker)
SSRI Ed note: Brothers, one a decorated veteran marine, on trazodone and Zoloft for PTSD, die by suicide.
Brokenhearted veteran dies at home — (Wicked Local Ashland)
SSRI Ed note: Married Afghanistan vet returns home, given antidepressants, has insomnia, starts to drink, marriage breaks up, dies of liver failure. Broken heart blamed.
Tripler plans to release soldier who held off Hawaii police in standoff — (The Honolulu Star Advertiser)
SSRI Ed note: Young veteran on antidepressants suffers nightmares, has stand-off with police during manic episode, attempts suicide.
Iraq war strains U.S. army mental health system — (Reuters)
SSRI Ed note: Men returning from war zones get drugs instead of therapy, despite ineffectiveness. Many abuse alcohol.
Veteran gunman showed warning signs and severe PTSD symptoms — (NBC News)
SSRI Ed note: "Fine young man", decorated veteran suffers given medication for PTSD, thrown out of treatment for undisclosed reason, kills 3 people responsible and himself.
Lovell murder-suicide shatters 2 families — (Wounded Times)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier on Paxil argues with wife, kills them both, orphaning 2 children.
Maryland Reservist killed by police after refusing deployment to Iraq — (Indy Bay News)
SSRI Ed note: Decorated soldier returns from Afghanistan addicted to antidepressants, does not want to go to Iraq, is suicidal, barricades himself in house, shot by police.
Missing soldier found safe in city — (The Chronicle Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier badly affected by tour of duty in Afghanistan takes medication for depression, meds do not help. He goes missing, is found.