Archive for Insomnia/sleep disturbance

Saying No to Antidepressants: Reasons to Avoid Antidepressants — (A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD )
SSRI Ed note: Psychiatrist spells out the truth about antidepressants, they are dangerous, unhelpful, misrepresented and they can make you a patient for life.
Man, 56, suffering from tinnitus took his own life on walk to ‘build trust’ with wife — (The Mirror)
SSRI Ed note: Retiree with busy social life is prescribed antidepressants, dose is increased and he dies by suicide several days later.
Inquest hears killer mum Samantha Ford had suicidal thoughts but was ‘calmer and more focused’ days before she drowned twins — (KentOnline)
SSRI Ed note: Mum prescribed mirtazapine by GP has personality changes, attempts suicide, drowns 23-month-old twins. Nobody saw it coming. Gets 10 yrs in jail.
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.
Depressed mum strangled autistic son before suicide near Bukit Timah Nature Reserve — (The Straits Times)
SSRI Ed note: Mom feels low, diagnosed w. "major depressive disorder", gets antidepressant & tranquilliser, worries unduly about 5-yr-old son, strangles him, kills herself.
Caroline Flack left note for Lewis Burton ‘hoping they could find harmony’ before taking own life — (Metro U.K.)
SSRI Ed note: TV star on citalopram assaults and injures boyfriend, is charged, diazepam, zopiclone added, she hangs herself before court appearance.
Protest held in Fort Saskatchewan after man charged in death of infant son granted bail — (Global News)
SSRI Ed note: Man 23 yrs on psych meds, incl antipsychotic + 2 ADs, no diagnosis, extreme akathisia, told to stop meds, attacks kids in nightmare, kills 1-yr-old boy.
GHD hair straighteners founder killed himself after ‘fearing bankruptcy’ — (The Mirror)
SSRI Ed note: Entrepreneur prescribed antidepressants for anxiety deteriorates rapidly, dies by suicide. Wife unprepared for effects of drug. Worth £50M, fears bankruptcy.
Mother with post-natal depression admits smothering three-month-old baby to death — (The Evening Standard)
SSRI Ed note: Woman has "mild" postpartum reaction, given antidepressants, smothers her 3-month old daughter. Mental illness blamed.
Devon Erickson, 1 Of 2 Suspects Charged In Shooting At STEM School Highlands Ranch Shooting — (4 CBS Denver)
SSRI Ed note: 2 students, one transgender, on Zoloft, Xanax, Abilify,gawd knows what else plan a school shooting, are thwarted early in attack. Found guilty as adults.
Teen, 15, found hanged at home after telling family ‘I’d rather die than eat’ while flushing meals down the toilet — (The Sun)
SSRI Ed note: Teen on Prozac for eating disorder stops eating, dosage upped instead of consult, she hangs herself.
‘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.
Young mum hanged herself after losing job at doctor’s surgery — (Metro U.K.)
SSRI Ed note: Young mom with insomnia, taking citalopram and zopiclone, loses job, hangs herself.
Why “happy” doctors die by suicide — (America’s leading voice for ideal medical care)
SSRI Ed note: Psychiatrist prescribes 2 psych drugs to physician recovering from anxiolytics, they make him paranoid, anxious, suicidal, he dies by suicide.
Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide — (Kaiser Health News)
SSRI Ed note: Man whose community was devastated by storm, is without antidepressant for a week, feels anxious, nervous, suicidal, cannot sleep.
Suicide Is A Leading Cause Of Death For New Moms But Awareness Is Low — (Huffpost)
SSRI Ed note: New mom takes medication for anxiety. It does not help, she feels suicidal, unable to cope, dies by suicide. Postpartum psychosis blamed.
Mariah Carey reveals her battle with bipolar disorder — (Global News)
SSRI Ed note: Singer takes medication to control "bipolar" - a condition often diagnosed to explain a manic reaction to antidepressants - encourages others to get "help".
Man gets prison for near-fatal stabbing of daughter-in-law, judge calls it ‘sad situation’ — (The Morning Call)
SSRI Ed note: Man on psych meds, "struggling to adjust" to new stress med "snaps", stabs beloved daughter-in-law for no reason. Mental illness, blamed. Gets 7 1/2 yrs+.
Antidepressants saved me – but they made my mental health worse — (The Spectator)
SSRI Ed note: Woman suffering anxiety, dark thoughts given high doses of 3 antidepressants, terrible side effects, improves with exercise, attributes benefit to meds. Odd.
‘I went on a walk and returned to find my husband dead’ — (The Guardian)
SSRI Ed note: Physician feels bad over a complaint is filed against him, is prescribed antidepressants twice, the 2nd time they make things worse, he dies by suicide.
This brilliant Ottawa tech pioneer had wealth and a wonderful family. His suicide shocked everyone. — (The Ottawa Citizen)
SSRI Ed note: Stressed entrepreneur has breakdown, is prescribed anti-anxiety med, dies by suicide 6 mo later. Everyone shocked.
Rohde murder trial: Susan given sleeping pills after Botox — (The Times Live)
SSRI Ed note: Woman prescribed Stilnox [Ambien, zolpidem]+benzodiazepine by clueless MD dies by suicide at conference with husband, he's charged with murder, staging scene.
Irving dynasty son Kenneth reveals his dark depression, and fight to health — (The Globe and Mail)
SSRI Ed note: CEO depressed re: tension with father takes medication, has 1st serious self-harm incident, is hospitalized 2 months, self-harm continues. Depression blamed.
Kenner police shoot, kill armed man with mental illness after standoff, officials say — (WDSU)
SSRI Ed note: Man in withdrawal from psych meds threatens police with knives during standoff, they shoot and kill him.
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.
The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE — (GQ)
SSRI Ed note: Young football player given Zoloft, Adderall, possible CTE, unsurprisingly feels very "messed up", suicidal, dies by suicide. Meds not suspected.
Fountain Hills community rallies around family struck by tragedy — (AZFamily.com)
SSRI Ed note: Popular teen, good student with bright future, loves sports, prescribed antidepressants after brother's accident death, dies from overdose.
A Mother’s Very, Very Worst Nightmare — (Mad In America)
SSRI Ed note: Another victim of a zolpidem (Ambien) - SSRI combo. Mom gets it with Zoloft and Wellbutrin, becomes delirious, murders daughter, attempts suicide, no memory.
‘Caring, clever’ teacher fell to her death from viaduct after being ‘overloaded with stress’ at school — (The Mirror)
SSRI Ed note: "Caring, clever, intellectual" teacher is anxious, gets medication, becomes overwhelmed, paranoid, cannot sleep, dies by suicide. Workload blamed.
JAILED: Top court prosecutor from Worcester jailed for six years after trying to kill his wife in frenzied knife attack — (Worcester News)
SSRI Ed note: "Perfect husband" takes antidepressants for stress, has nice evening with wife, then attempts to stab her to death and kill himself. Depression blamed.
Harley Street dentist arrested on suspicion of killing wife was victim of domestic abuse, inquest hears — (The Telegraph)
SSRI Ed note: Dentist has complaint filed about her, starts citalopram, diazepam, hangs herself, husband held on suspicion of murder, since no logical motive for suicide.
How a privileged son went off the rails for a life of violence and vice — (The New York Post)
SSRI Ed note: Man, no relationship with wealthy, uninvolved parents, only $, increasingly troubled as he comes of age, takes drugs, resents Dad, eventually shoots, kills him.
Tragedy of St Albans bleach death man — (Herts Advertiser)
SSRI Ed note: Man, 75, on antidepressants and sad over personal losses commits suicide by drinking bleach; efforts to save him fail. Depressive disorder blamed.
Husband killed wife then himself in South Yorkshire home — (The Star)
SSRI Ed note: Man, happily married 21 years, becomes unduly anxious over a sound financial investment, takes antidepressants, cannot sleep, stabs wife and self to death.
How Football Pulled The Trigger: Zack Langston’s Family Reflects On His Tragically Short Life — (Vice Sports)
SSRI Ed note: Football player, 27, possible CTE, is given antidepressants including Lexapro, has mood swings, rages, suicidal thoughts, dies by suicide. Meds not suspected.
Indrani ODs on sedatives, taken to JJ; is critical — (Mumbai Mirror)
SSRI Ed note: Wife of prominent businessman takes antidepressants, kills daughter, goes to jail, overdoses.
Drug Pipe Found in Truck That Killed Four Ball Players — (Bloomberg)
SSRI Ed note: Driver taking Trazodone and Zoloft hits bus, investigation focuses on marijuana.
‘Bright and intelligent’ teacher who ‘struggled with insomnia and depression’ found hanged in park — (The Mirror)
SSRI Ed note: Teacher who has problems with sleep and addiction to prescription meds dies by suicide.
Michael’s story: Mentally ill man attacks his family after being deserted by Pa. health care — (PennLive)
SSRI Ed note: Young man smokes dope, diagnosed w. schizophrenia,on neuroleptics (cause rages, apathy), isolated, attacks grandma. Antidepressants make situation much worse.
How depression pills turned me into a zombie: This high-flying film-maker ended up needing 24-hour care after being prescribed medication she didn’t need — (The Daily Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Film-maker given Lexapro suffers akathisia. This is treated with Zoloft, Prozac and risperidone, she becomes a zombie until she quits the drugs.
Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer: Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? — (Daily Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants (1 in 11 adults in the OECD take these) are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
Who killed the 20th century’s greatest spy? — (The Guardian)
SSRI Ed note: Arms dealer showing effects of severe stress takes antidepressants, jumps from his balcony and dies. Espionage blamed. Coroner finds no evidence of murder.
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ star Amanda Peterson died of accidental overdose, Coroner says — (Los Angeles Times)
Tracy Anstice murder: No evidence of husband’s violence, report says — (BBC News)
SSRI Ed note: Man is prescribed citalopram to deal with upset over break-up with wife. He deteriorates, murders her after 2 months on the drug. Role of med not explored.
Inquest: Poppy Seller’s Death Was Suicide — (Sky News)
SSRI Ed note: Woman, 76, long history of charitable activity, history of depression, suicidality, taking antidepressants, dies by jumping into gorge. Fundraising blamed.
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.
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.
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.
Antidepressants – Risks. With 20 reasons to be concerned — (MythsandRisksInfo.com)
Mental health in the NHS: ‘My son wanted to die; we begged for help but there was none’ — (The Telegraph)
SSRI Ed note: Bullied teen given antidepressants gets dramatically worse, suicidal, has hallucinations, panic attacks, night terrors, dies by suicide. Depression blamed.