When things go wrong, pharmaceutical and psychiatric spin doctors work overtime in an attempt to play down the tragedies, but when one of the effects is suicidal thoughts, they need to be on top form to dress up the damage and convince members of the public to keep taking the pills.
A common psychiatric utterance is the idea that benefits of the drugs outweigh the risks. It’s hard to see how benefits can outweigh the potential of someone taking their own life.
Time after time, we read about young people who have taken their own lives where the antidepressant link was in full view. In March 2013, 14-year-old Jake McGill-Lynch took his own life after being prescribed Prozac. His mother Stephanie said if she had known the side effects of the drug, she would never have agreed to him taking it.
Then in June 2013, 15-year-old George Werb took his own life after he was prescribed psychiatric drugs, which included Fluoxetine (the generic name of which Prozac is a brand name).
On 3 December 2013, 15-year-old Patrick Roberts hung himself one month after he started taking Fluoxetine.
Then in March 2014, 14-year-old Tom Boomer jumped off a multi-storey car park days after being prescribed Prozac.
Bereaved parents are left to mourn and wonder what happened or wonder where they went wrong. But when you put all of these tragedies together, it’s easy to see the common denominator.
The psychiatric spin doctors and even psychiatrists go into damage limitation mode, doing whatever they have to do in their attempts to exonerate the drugs.
It is of paramount importance that anyone who is prescribed this type of drug is allowed to make a fully informed decision before taking them. That goes for the parents too who make the choices and the decisions for their children. The safety of antidepressants has been questioned for years and with so many deaths, it is not a subject that can be swept under the carpet any more. Public safety is being compromised.
Today, 10 February, is the anniversary of the passing of a young man called Adrian Keegan. In 2001, after taking the antidepressant Seroxat for just 26 days, he committed suicide. It would have been his 35th birthday today. This post is in memory of Adrian, and the hope that his story can help others to make an informed choice that does not end in sorrow.
Further reading: Antidepressants: the facts about the effects