Archive for Iraq

Liverpool soldier killed himself weeks after suicide of friend with PTSD — (The Liverpool Echo)
SSRI Ed note: Iraq veteran consumed by anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, suicide attempts. Perhaps hismeds did more than "numb" him.
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.
Ex-Fort Carson soldier admits to killing man in botched robbery — (Colorado Springs Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Ex-soldier diagnosed with PTSD, on medication for depression and anxiety, breaks in to a home with plans to steal, stabs a man to death. Gets 45 - 60 yrs.
Family: Shooting suspect ‘lost his mind’ after tour in Iraq — (CBS Miami)
SSRI Ed note: Iraq vet feels bad, gets psychiatric treatment, "loses his mind", has hallucinations, hopitalized, released, opens fire at airpost killing 5, wounding 8.
The Secret Service scandals, explained — (VOX Politics)
SSRI Ed note: Troubled vet on antidepressants becomes increasingly paranoid,fstand tried to scale White House fence with a knife.
Nick Cutter’s Death Exposes Neglect Scandal at Miami VA Hospital — (Miami New Times)
Whitewash from the Outset, the Fort Hood Shootings April 2, 2014 — (Donald J. Farber, Attorney at Law); Army Report: Fort Hood Mass Shooter Ivan Lopez on Psychotropic Cocktail of Celexa, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Lunesta
SSRI Ed note: Lawyer and expert who testified before House of Representatives, at FDA public hearings exposes cover-up of SSRI effects by military brass.
Evidence of Mansfield soldier’s suicide ‘not sufficiently clear’ — (CHAD)
Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military — (New York Times)
Difficult days preceded Iraq killings, witnesses testify — (The Olympian)
SSRI Ed note: Man given antidepressant by army psychiatrist goes berserk and kills 5 people the next day. PTSD is blamed.
Prescribed Drugs 'To Blame Over Spate Of Violence Among US Soldiers' — (The Telegraph)
Couple continues battle after soldier son’s PTSD treatment-related death — (Charleston Gazette Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier prescribed 1500 mg of Seroquel for sleeplessness on top of Klonapin and Paxil dies in sleep, one of several veterans to suffer sudden death taking this prescribed medication.
Brain Ailments in Veterans Likened to Those in Athletes — (New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Iraq veteran suffers emotional problems, takes antidepressants, hangs himself. Researchers speculate C.T.E. a cause.
Jury finds Christopher Thompson guilty of second degree murder — (Waukon Standard)
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.
Suicide casts long shadow after decade of war — (Activist Post)
Army vet with PTSD sought the treatment he needed by taking hostages – but got jail instead — (Stars and Stripes)
Friends, family coping with a hero’s suicide — (New Hampshire Sunday News)
SSRI Ed note: VA prescribes 3 antidepressants to vet suffering nightmares, he shoots and kills himself 2 days later. Nobody blames meds.
 For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier prescribed Celexa, Klonopin + Risperdal suffers withdrawal when meds are discontinued, starts again plus a 2nd A/D, oxycodone, Ativan, dies in sleep.
Soldier’s suicide a puzzle — (The Star Advertiser)
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.
Deputy, gunman killed in Pahrump shootout — (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Man on 14 different drugs, including anti-anxiety pills, steroids, and anti-depressants prescribed by Veterans Affairs shoots Deputy in RV park.
Eric Jasinski jailed for not deploying to Iraq — (Courage to Resist Newsletter)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier given trazodone and Zoloft for PTSD told to deploy to Iraq, he refusesF.
G.I. Drugged American Conservative
SSRI Ed note: Kern gets suicidal thoughts on Paxil. Needham given Zoloft, other meds dies after surgery. Eastridge's A/D does not work, dose doubled, accessory to murder.
Are Veterans Being Given Deadly Cocktails to Treat PTSD? — (Alternet)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran, drugged into stupor with Paxil, Klonapin and Seroquel develops serious health problems from his prescribed meds, then dies from their effects.
Over the Meds and Under the Hood — (Truethout)
SSRI Ed note: Psychiatrist who is part of a system that grossy over-prescribes psychoactive drugs goes on a rampage himself, killing 13. Later he is sentenced to death.
Iraq Council Member Who Fought Al Qa'eda Kills Self: Personality Changed on Depression Med
Tough old soldier battles new enemy: Suicide epidemic — (McClatchy DC)
Iraqian Civilian Has Hallucinations on his Med For Depression
Soldier Returned From Iraq Charged with Attempted Murder of Wife — (CNN)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier prescribed anti-depressants, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs attempts suicide, attacks wife when she intervenes, is charged with criminal offence.
Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home — (The Colorado Springs Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Traumatized Fort Carson soldiers are drugged, drink, become addicted to pain meds, complaints lead to dose increase. Murders, suicide attempt result.
Falling Through the Cracks of the Army's Duty of Care The Forgotten Casualties—(CounterPunch)
Record High Army Suicides Prompt Action—(
SSRI Ed note: Vet, purple heart, not suicidal, given antidepressants, abuses alcohol, dies by suicide. No warning. Lack of trained mental health personnel blamed.
The Suicide Rush — (CounterPunch)
SSRI Ed note: Two Iraq Vets on Klonapin, Geodon, Clonodine, Remeron, Prozac, other meds suffer serious side effects,, attempt suicide, one succeeds.
You’re a pussy and a scared little kid” — (Salon)
SSRI Ed note: Iraq veteran on 12 medications including Zoloft and Ambien, unable to cope, attacks and kills a woman. Charged with murder. Role of meds not suspected.
Army report released to newspaper says Smith College graduate shot herself in Iraq — (The Republican Newsroom)
SSRI Ed note: G.P. prescribes Zoloft to army surgeon with positive attitude. Faced with difficult situation in Iraq, shoots herself over minor incident, possible withdrawal.
Some home, others still in Iraq on veterans day — (Ventura County Star)
SSRI Ed note: Marine with PTSD after 3 tours of duty in Iraq prescribed so many antidepressants he becaomes delirious. MD recognizes problem, stops meds, he recovers.
Big Issue: Iraq still on voters’ minds — (The Mercury News)
SSRI Ed note: VEteran given antidepressants instead of treatment for PTSD becomes suicidal, comes close to killoing himself, gets of meds in time.
Lancaster widow sues U.S. over Iraq vet’s suicide
SSRI Ed note: VA prescribes Vet Zoloft for depression, doubles dose, he quits it due to side effects, dies by suicide. NEver warned of suicide risk, family files lawsuit.
Widow pleads for recruiting overhaul —
SSRI Ed note: Combat veteran, recruiter is stressed, Army Medical Center gives him meds for anxiety, depression, insomnia, he hangs himself shortly after.
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.
Soldier in famous photo never defeated `demons’ — (Reading Eagle)
SSRI Ed note: Veteran on more than a dozen prescriptions, including antidepressants, kills himself by inhaling gas from aerosal can.
Dead Marine’s family says he didn’t get proper care — (Austin American-Statesman)
SSRI Ed note: Marine taking 6 medicataions including zolpidem, trazodone, fluoxetine, lorazepam, seroquel suffers multiple negative side effects, dies in sleep.
Sergeant’s suicide in Iraq brings home searing pain of war — (The Star-Telegram)
SSRI Ed note: Excellent soldier and leader taking antidepressants - perhaps sporadically - takes his life. Family is devastated.
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.
St. Paul soldier’s blended family shattered by horrors of war — (The Star Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Happily married soldier on antidepressants and sleep meds has insomnia, worries about redeployment, dies by suicide in Iraq.
Despite PTSD, fallen soldier was determined to return to Iraq — (Rocky Mountain News)
SSRI Ed note: Army man suffers thought disturbance on antidepressants, tells father about issue, dies by suicide. His wife recognizes antidepressants as cause.
Bomb Suspect Served in Iraq — (News 96.5 WDBO)
SSRI Ed note: Army veteran taking antidepressants decides to build bomb, tried to carry components onto plane. Charged.
Iraq flashback leads to soldier’s death — (Sun Post News)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier given antidepressants for PTSD becomes delirious, has car accident, is taken to hospital, leaves, runs into traffic and dies.
‘The War Could Only Make Things Worse’ — (The Day)
SSRI Ed note: Soldier is repeatedly treated with antidepressants, gets worse each time, has personality change, loses wife, kills her and himself. Combat stress blamed.