Others should know when suicide is a risk
November 15, 2010
In January, my husband John was given an antidepressant when he wasn't feeling well. About a week later, he questioned the nurse but was told that to get the best results he should remain on the medication. He was in pain and began to withdraw. Coming home one day, I found a suicide note, which altered my life's journey.
Research taught me that people who aren't depressed but are given an antidepressant can become depressed. My experience shows how each patient needs to be closely monitored, especially that first month on a new medicine.
I began to share my story, which helped me work through my grief. In turn I heard numerous stories of similar situations. I realized it was time for a change.
I want the HIPAA law to require that a family member/guardian be present when a drug with suicide side effects is prescribed so this person is part of the team and can notify the physician of behavior changes.
Saving just one family from such an unchosen life journey is my goal. With the help of the media and legislators, the change can be shared nationwide and impact more lives.
– Pam Couser, Marion