Archive for Australia

Jessica Camilleri sentenced to 21 years, seven months prison for beheading mother Rita — (The Australian)
SSRI Ed note: Woman forced to take psych drugs all her life tries to get off, behaviour deteriorates, stabs her mother to death in "stabbing frenzy". Mental illness blamed.
Detectives ‘quickly’ realised mother Katie Perinovic was responsible for all four deaths inside Tullamarine home — (9News)
SSRI Ed note: Mom receiving "help" for "mental health issues" (99% = antidepressant) kills herself + 3 children. Everyone shocked, husband devastated. Coroner investigating.
Antidepressants linked to increased suicide and self-harm in teens — (BigThink.com)
SSRI Ed note: Evidence shows that in addition to other negative side effects, antidepressants increase suicidality. Why are we increasingly prescribing to young people?
‘Ashley wasn’t a monster’: South Hedland stabbing attacker’s mother speaks out — (Newsline)
SSRI Ed note: "Beautiful soul" father stops taking psych meds, has psychotic episode, stabs 7 at mall, shot dead by police, family holds no grudge.
No libido, no hope, but Nicola Gobbo not feeling ‘particularly guilty’ — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Double-dealing lawyer treated with "powerful" antidepressants deteriorates, loses interest, loses hope, libido. No emotion.
Generation antidepressant — (ABC Australia)
SSRI Ed note: Adolescent given antidepressants by GP since age 7, is violent, suicidal, suffers erratic moods, his mother believes the drugs helpful.
Child tried to stop fatal knife attack on mother by ‘delusional’ father, court told — (ABC News)
SSRI Ed note: Depressed man takes antidepressants with Tramadol, becomes agitated, delusional, stabs partner to death in front of kids.
‘Autistic’ gamer, 22, who stabbed his father to death after being told to stop playing on his computer and move out is jailed for three years — (The Daily Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Young man in 2-week withdrawal from Prozac stabs father to death when he is asked to turn off computer. Autism blamed.
Margaret River massacre: Depression drug clue to grandfather’s murder of family — (Perth Now)
SSRI Ed note: Man sad about loss of son, lack of work takes antidepressants, gets worse, less "rational", after a few weeks murders his family, kills himself.
A Woman Died Two Days After Leaving A Psych Ward, And A Coroner Says Hospitals Should Change Their Discharge Procedures — (BuzzFeed)
‘Enraged’ driver ran over man twice — ( News.com.au)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on depression, bipolar meds runs over man for throwing cheeseballs at her car, is charged, makes up preposterous story for court.
Brit mum, 41, charged with murder after her son, 8, is found ‘suffocated with a pillow’ in Australia — (The Sun)
SSRI Ed note: Mom who "requires a daily dose of the antidepressant drug Effexor" suffocates her wonderful 8-yr-old son Brodie Moran, leaving his father heartbroken.
More than brain chemistry: Is society, not just serotonin, contributing to increasing rates of depression? — (ABC Australia)
SSRI Ed note: Researcher and author achieve the ground-breaking realization that "depression" is social, not medical, in origin.
‘He tried to strangle himself and jump out the window’: Father’s harrowing recount of how his eight-year-old son attempted suicide while on controversial anti-depressants — (The Daily Mail Australia)
SSRI Ed note: GP prescribes Zoloft to boy for anxiety, lies to parents about its effects, boy becomes actively suicidal, coming off the drug also a nightmare.
Woman accused of attempted 7-Eleven murders ‘wielded axe purposefully’ — (news.com.au)
SSRI Ed note: Transgender woman on 5 drugs including "high dose" of Zoloft + amphetamine, becomes psychotic, attacks 2 people in 7-Eleven with axe. Blames mental illness.
I’m a narcissist, get me out of here: Jailed man’s appeal — (The Sunshine Coast Daily)
SSRI Ed note: Man treated for depression, bipolar etc uses alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, is suicidal, suffers failed business, shoots ex in face, blames mental illness.
Lindt Cafe siege inquest findings: ‘the deaths were not the fault of police’ — (news.com.au)
SSRI Ed note: Man fed Prozac, zolpidem, Zoloft, risperidone becomes paranoid, “vicious maniac", accomplice to ex's murder, later stages hostage incident, is 1 of 3 killed.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Daddy, please kill me I can’t do this any more’: Meet the CHILDREN prescribed anti-depressants for anxiety that ‘made them suicidal’ — (Daily Mail Australia)
SSRI Ed note: Lawyer launches class action lawsuit on behalf of children prescribed Aropax (paroxetine), Zoloft, harmed by the medications.
Surviving the brutal murder of businessman Morgan Huxley — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Young man, diagnoses, no history of violence, on fluoxetine., weaned off Seroquel, follows a stranger home, sexually assaults, stabs him to death 28 times.
17 years jail for woman who stabbed ‘father figure’ to death in cigarette row — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Pregnant woman living in squalor, in withdrawal from meds for "personality disorder" stabs housemate to death over argument re: cigarettes.
Children as young as two prescribed antidepressants linked to deaths — (The Adelaide Advertiser)
SSRI Ed note: Australia's Dr Kenneth Nunn defends drugging small children with SSRIs for autism, intellectual disability, child abuse/neglect and self-harm.
Inquest into the death of Edward Wayne Logan — (Queensland Coroner)
SSRI Ed note: Coroner finds that "despite" being on Lexapro, Celexa, man's personality was to blame for him being shot by police during manic, violent episode, not meds.
Claims a common antidepressant killed baby Summer — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Baby of mom taking Lexapro dies one day after birth.
Police offer $100,000 reward for information about the death of Jordan Thompson who died after being given antidepressants — (news.com.au)
SSRI Ed note: Investigation into killing of toddler with antidepressant overdose, presumably by the person whose drugs they were.
 Hunt family inquest reopens pain of tragic deaths — (The Australian)
SSRI Ed note: Kim Hunt takes antidepressants on and off, with negative impact on her personality, patience with her children. Husband eventually kills entire family.
Paul Darren Mulvihill appealing conviction and sentence for domestic violence murder of Rachelle Yeo — (The Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: GP prescribes antidepressants to man stressed over break-up with wife. A month later he brutally stabs her to death. No mention of meds in news article.
‘Frightened, fatigued’ mother of three who fatally stabbed violent cousin jailed for five years — (Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Woman who missed a day of her antidepressant because of tiredness stabs cousin as he is walking out the door.
Antidepressants Are Among the Most Dangerous Drugs Available Causing 40,000 Deaths a Year — (Investment Watch)
SSRI Ed note: Many people have reduced or no ability to metabolize SSRIs due to a deficiency in CYP2D6 (cytochrome P450 2D6), an enzyme needed for 1/4 all prescriptions.
Horrific Nightmares… Is my Lexapro the cause? — (Anxiety Forum)
SSRI Ed note: Users discuss side effects of Lexapro, and its potential to cause horrific nightmares.
‘I was a pill-popper’: Aussie songstress Sia reveals new details of her battle with drug and alcohol addiction and depression — (Daily Mail Australia)
SSRI Ed note: Singer diagnosed as bi-polar almost commits suicide, survives, recovers and stops taking drugs.
Inquest into the Death of Alec Meikle — (Sydney Coroner’s Court)
Crickett charged with 2010 murder of wife Christine — (Daily Telegraph)
SSRI Ed note: Physician treats ailing wife with antidepressants, she dies, he is charged with her murder.
Katie Foreman murder: Bradley Rawlinson, Wendy Evans and Michelle Proud sentenced — (The Illawarra Mercury)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on and off antidepressants plots with lover to murder her girlfriend, they do this by burning the victim, Katherine Foreman, to death.
Knife edge: The strange death of Jenny Lee Cook — (Sydney Morning Herald)
A mum guilty of infanticide after killing her baby girl and injuring the child’s twin has avoided jail — (Melbourne Herald Sun)
SSRI Ed note: Suicidal postpartum woman treated for depression drowns one twin girl, disables the other. She remains on antidepressants.
New Epidemic — (DrLucire.com)
SSRI Ed note: Dr Lucire examines trends in suicide, violence related to antidepressant and other psychoactive drug use.
Friends tried to save fragile Charlotte Dawson – (The Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: TV presenter takes antidepressant, dies by suicide
Ian Thorpe ‘admitted to rehab’ after incident with police — (Courier Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Swimming champion taking pain medication and antidepressants found disoriented.
Inquest fails to shed light on Langfield murder suicide — (ABC News)
SSRI Ed note: Man prescribed Temazepam and anti-depressants to help with feelings re: marriage break-up kills his son and himself. Nobody can figure out the reason.
Murat Col set his girlfriend alight but she said he didn't mean it — (news.com.au)
How depressing: Canadians among the biggest antidepressant users in the world — (Daily Brew)
Antidepressant use on the rise in rich countries, OECD finds — (The Guardian)
Double murderer jailed for life in WA — (The Mercury)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Effexor stabs a couple to death, claims NCR at trial, court does not accept. News report does not identify problem med as SNRI.
Leanne Thompson death: ‘go and kill yourself …’ — (Sydney Morning Herald)
Coroner told teen suicide victim Michaela Mundy had waited more than a year to see a psychiatrist — (ABC Australia)
Questions raised over nurses' overdose deaths — (WA News)
Man pleads guilty to killing his neighbour — (ABC News)
SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal from antidepressants, cannabis and alcohol in his system, stabs a neighbour to death.
Husband holds 'enormous hate' for hit and run accused — (ABC News Australia)
My Horrible Experiences With Zoloft And One Other Medication — (Psychforums.com)
Marshfield man who crashed car into van died from multiple injuries – inquest — (South Wales Argus)