Archive for New Zealand

Mother serving home confinement for poisoning a young child, causing brain damage — (Digichat)
SSRI Ed note: Mum on antidepressants repeatedly poisons toddler to get attention, causes brain damage, judge spares her prison as she got treatment for her "mental illness".
Massey stabbing: Accused Manchao Li off his medication and had major anger issues, jury told — (New Zealand Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Citalopram, Risperidone for "major depression" stabs ex-wife to death in public in the day, claims he was crazy at the time. Psychiatrst disagrees.
Marceau inquest: killer’s GP reveals details of medication increase — (New Zealand Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Teen, on citalopram < 1 month, gets dose increase, attempts suicide, stabs woman to death. She had been worried about what he might do, physicians were not.
Police policy on turning away recruits taking anti-depressants stigmatises mental illnesses: advocates — (
SSRI Ed note: New recruits to NZ police must be off antidepressants for 2 years. This will protect public from "second-hand" behavioural side-effects. Critics miss point.
2degrees boss should not have been flying, report finds — (The New Zealand Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on Cymbalta does not disclose he is taking the drug, flies plane, loses power (reason not identified), crashes into sea killing him and his wife.
Questions over care of mentally ill woman who stabbed Wellington man to death — (The Dominion Post)
SSRI Ed note: Diagnosed woman forced to take psych drugs she does not want becomes violent, stabs a man to death, Mental illness, not medication pattern, gets blame.
No charges in Auckland stabbing death — (
Killer dad Edward Livingstone was a ‘sex addict’ — (Stuff NZ)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antideressants, z drug drinks, is abusive, insensitive, suicidal and violent thoughts, kills himself and 2 kids of his ex-wife.
Coroner’s probe: Why did Dunedin father Edward Livingstone kill his children? — (OTAGO DAILY TIMES)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Celexa, Lexapro & sleep aid has strange dreams, assaults wife, is psychotic, knows meds are cause, stops them, kills family and self. Meds not blamed.
Doctor criticised for repeat antidepressant prescription — (New Zealand Herald)
Mother died ‘in the most horrible way’ — (New Zealand Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Suicidal, depressed woman, long-time user of A/D but no recent prescription, is burned to death. Loving partner blamed; officials can't believe suicide by fire.
Antidepressant overdose kills woman — (The Press)
Coroner rules out ‘suicide pact’ — (Wairarapa Times Age)
Pilot's MH370 'copycat' flight — (
Brilliant young scientist, 25, hanged herself after suffering homesickness and loneliness when she emigrated to Britain from New Zealand—(Daily Mail)
New Epidemic — (
SSRI Ed note: Dr Lucire examines trends in suicide, violence related to antidepressant and other psychoactive drug use.
Study sparks caution on antidepressants — (New Zealand Doctor)
New Zealanders report suicidal thoughts after antidepressants — (
Friends tried to save fragile Charlotte Dawson – (The Sydney Morning Herald)
SSRI Ed note: TV presenter takes antidepressant, dies by suicide
Gone too soon: Kids who died at hands of parents — (NZ Herald News)
SSRI Ed note: Journalist explores the key factors - like mental illness - related to filicides in Australia and New Zealand, omitting the important psych drug factor.
Dead woman was on cocktail of drugs – coroner — (
Susan Cochrane said ex-husband Allan Titford kept her prisoner 22 years — (World)
Adverse emotional and interpersonal effects reported by 1829 New Zealanders while taking antidepressants — (Psychiatry Research)
Christchurch quake blamed for suicide — (New Zealand Herald News)
Prison death ‘tragic loss of life’ — (The Dominion Post)
Christie Marceau’s last plea — (NZ Herald News)
Factors Causing Suicide in NZ – A Coroner Speaks — (
Depressed Man Cuts Off His Own Finger, Cooks It & Eats it
Man With Mild Chronic Depression Hangs Himself
Postpartum: Mother Lets 13 Month Old Son Drown in Tub: Does Not Call Emergency Services
26 Year Old Kills Self: Celexa Increased his Anxiety
High Rate of Suicide in County: People Asking if High Rate of A/D Use Could Be The Cause
Man Tells Reporters He Sometimes Does Random Things Because He Is On Depression Med
Home detention for robbing city taxi driver — (Bay of Plenty Times)
Woman Disabled by Antidepressants: Member of Parliment Will Plead for Better Patient Information
Woman Almost Dies From Serotonin Syndrome
Man Demands Bus Refund at Knifepoint
Man Assaults 62 Year Old Woman: Weapon Used Was his Car
Postpartum: Mother Tries to Kill Baby & Self While Driving her Car
Climate Scientist Fails to Follow Rules & Regulations
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Weatherston not mentally ill: psychiatrist — (
Nasty effects as patients quit drug—(The New Zealand Herald)
Depression pill linked to suicide bids—(New zealand herald)
About-face on drug danger advice—(The New Zealand Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Teen on Prozac dies by suicide, mum Maria Bradshaw successfully lobbies to stop New Zealand regulator issuing misinformation. Psychiatrist John Werry objects.
Deadly rampage accused to go on trial — (TVNZ News)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants abuses alcohol, marriage breaks up, attempts suicide by driving into traffic, kills a woman instead, later overdoses, dies in prison.
Falls, depression and antidepressants in later life — (Eureka Alert)
SSRI Ed note: Researchers find that seniors on antidepressants fall more frequently than unmedicated people.
Coroner Urges Care With Use of Anti-Depressants — (Redorbit)
SSRI Ed note: Man prescribed fluoxetine, diazepam jumps into path of train a couple of months later. Coroner realizes meds were a contributor/cause.
Club fears drugs and deaths link — (Taranaki Daily News)
SSRI Ed note: Woman's group in rural NZ identifies the link between antidepressants and local suicides.
‘I Didn’t just Cross a Line I Tripped Over an Edge’: Experiences of Serious Adverse Effects with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Use — (University of Auckland)
SSRI Ed note: Research participants describe becoming aggressive, angry, revved up, out of control and suicidal on paroxetine (Paxil) and Prozac.