Survivor Story 210:28/77 – 16-Year Old Tells Her Story on SSRIs …”don’’t become another victim of the SSRI LIES.”

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 28.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

8/28/2003

16-Year Old Tells Her Story on SSRIs

 

Antidepressants

“…don’t become another victim of the SSRI LIES.”

Hey, well where to start, I am 16 years of age and have (unrecognizably) suffered from depression and the very rare symptoms of schizophrenia for the entirety of my existence. The world is in a very serious state. State of mental health that is, the sheer number of people whose lives have been adversely affected by SSRI’s leaves me here in tears. On the February of 2003, I began displaying “classic” signs of depression. This time the verdict was final – I had depression. The words couldn’t have flown of the ink of the pen quicker – ZOLOFT.

Sertraline hydrochloride, was about to change my life in a way I had never imagined. To transform me, a highly intelligent promising student to a reckless teenager I had never envisioned myself ever becoming in my wildest dreams. OK, so I had more confidence ( with a weird underlying low self-esteem ), less depression and more enthusiasm towards life. GREAT, I thought although being the perfectionist I am, common logic indicated to me that this artificial substance surely has to be inflicting more harm than positive.

Research led me to discover the true albeit frequently concealed side of the SSRI’s. This is mind.

I immediately discontinued my usage. Hehe, unfortunately my research didn’t inform me of the terrible withdrawal stage that follows. OK so I went cold turkey and got off ’em. The next stage for me, is restructuring my brain regrowing receptors which the “medications” undoubtedly destroy and enjoying better health through nutrition. I have devised a health regime to help myself and many other individuals, should they choose to embrace it – get back on track with their lives. Construct some substance, where are we going people?

I now view SSRI’s as a pathway to greater happiness. Sure these substances are killing our brain cells and nerve endings, WITH THIS IN MIND lets make our greatest attempt to work our way off these burdenful medications and learn from the experience. Right now, no matter how bad you feel, you are a champion, a champion for what you ask ?

A champion for being alive, your not a coward ( not suggesting people who commit suicide are .)

You’ve survived, the onslaught of chemicals the doctors ignorantly throw into our systems with little attention paid to side effects.

I am a SSRI survivor, and for that I have become a stronger person

Cheers people and remember don’t become another victim of the SSRI LIES

Below is a health regime you can follow in order to assist you getting off the medication and once your off can assist you in getting your life back and track and providing a NATURAL anti-depressant program which you can take with the assurance of NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS

Peace, A.L Sydney Australia

1. Exercise daily ( but don’t overdo it as this can worsen depression )

2. eliminate all junk food and ALL artificial substances from your diet.

3. implement a multivitamin and mineral complex into your diet ( strongest possible )

4. Take a b vitamin complex B-50 3 times daily

5. Supplement additional magnesium calcium in the ratio cal2:1mag

6. supplement 300mcg of selenium if this dosage isn’t included in your multi supplement

That’s a regime that can indeed kick start you to a life of greater happiness and stabilize those AWFUL feelings of the SSRI withdrawal and indeed normal “medicated feelings.

I can be contacted on at cro_prinz@hotmail.com for an email or if you obtain msn messenger at scorch_100@hotmail.com

AnF Lorch
cro_prinz@hotmail.com

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Survivor Story 211:29/77 – Paxil Withdrawals were Horrible.

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 29.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

9/2/2003

Paxil Withdrawals were Horrible

 

Antidepressants

“I am devastated to think that I will have to continue to take these medications for the rest of my life or to go through the horrific withdrawals.”

My name is Leesa Norton and I was on Paxil for approximately 2 1/2 years. I was diagnosed with mild panic attacks and depression. Since being on Paxil for 2 1/2 years and still having the same symptoms as before going on the drug, a new doctor prescribed me Effexor in place of the Paxil.

The withdrawals from Paxil were horrendous. I had constant dizziness, wooshy feelings (like being on a small boat), what felt electrical charges at any given time, lack of appetite, lack of sexual desire, lethargic and panicky. These reactions lasted for some months. I still have the wooshy, electrical charges every once in awhile.

I also note that if I do not take the Effexor every day at the same time these reactions reappear.

I want so much to be free of these drugs and their adverse reactions. I am devastated to think that I will have to continue to take these medications for the rest of my life or to go through the horrific withdrawals.

Please, please, please email me if there is anything I can do to help others from becoming addicts of these SSRIs.

Thank you.

Leesa Norton
lnorton@lindquist.com

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Survivor Story 212:30/77 – One Month on Celexa, Son Kills Himself.

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 30.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

9/5/2003

One Month on Celexa, Son Kills Himself

 

Antidepressants

“I believe that CELEXA caused my son to become suicidal. My research into the adverse effects of SSRIs has strengthened that belief.”

My 46 year old son Bob had successfully managed his depression for a number of years with older antidepressants. But in early June, 2001, his psychiatrist prescribed CELEXA, a newer SSRI.

On June 18, my son reported to the psychiatrist that his depression had worsened, but evidently was encouraged to keep taking the drug. On June 28th, 2001, he went to work as usual.

I saw him at 4 that afternoon, and he was not upset or distressed. He went home, and at 5 pm called his wife at her workplace and asked her to pick up a prescription for him on her way home. They discussed where they’d go for dinner that night. But when she arrived home shortly before 6 pm, he was dead.

He’d shot himself in the head. Between 5 and 6 pm that day, something catastrophic occurred in Bob’s brain that created a sudden impulse to kill himself. A man planning to commit suicide within the next hour wouldn’t bother to ask his wife to pick up his prescription. I believe that CELEXA caused my son to become suicidal. My research into the adverse effects of SSRIs has strengthened that belief.

4011-55th Way N #939
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(727) 384-4610

Mrs. Robert J. Murphy
LouMurphy1@aol.com

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Survivor Story 213:31/77 – Being Depressed was Better that taking Paxil.

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 31.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

9/6/2003

Being Depressed was Better

 

Antidepressants

“Please keep me in your prayers and don’t take Paxil.”

In August 2002 I was in a car wreck, minor. I saw a neurologist who recommended Paxil for my social anxiety, panic attacks, depression and add type symptoms, I got in a fight with him because I had come for pain medicine for the wreck due to headaches and he prescribed me pail’s took the script home and started a low dose.

Few weeks later I was flying high after initial nausea, headaches, nightmares, appetite increase etc. I would take the Paxil until it stopped working then get kicked up a notch to a higher dose all the way to 40-50 a day. I couldn’t get a script one day and within 2 4 hours was dizzy, throwing up, faint, sweating, shock etc. My first but not last experience with withdrawal.

Over three years time I gained about 75 pounds, I was starving all the time, had edema in my ankles, migraine headaches, dry hair, dry eyes, moody, fatigues, bitchy, argumentative, unrealistic, unable to lose weight even with weeks of strict dieting and exercise, sore swollen breasts, and also not able to get pregnant despite being 25 years old sexually active and no birth control. I got fat and was cocky not even admitting I was fat, not being able sometimes to not eat breakfast because of the nausea and dizziness due from Paxil. if I didn’t eat frequently I got huge clots in my period, insomnia and somnolence, nightmares, panic attacks, crying jags, and the list goes on. I tried dozens of times to stop taking it. I went on herbal cleansers, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Elavil, Zoloft, and lots more.

Be it days of shock, emotional fits, shock, passing out, feeling like I was going to die with severe flu, screaming fits, digging scabs in my head, pulling out my eyebrows, unable to leave the bed, etc I would always go back on Paxil none of these things I did before taking Paxil mind you.

My longest attempt was switching to Prozac so I didn’t have the cold turkey or leveling out symptoms I thought I was ok. But about a week later bam unbearable migraines everyday no amount of Demerol or Vicodin aspirin rest darkness quiet would cure. so I went back on Paxil and weaned down from 40 regular to 12.5 cr. Currently I can go without Paxil 2 days ,the migraine starts and I have to take one. I am miserable.

I have been addicted to cocaine at one point and this is much worse to get off of. It screw with you physically and mentally. When your body starts getting off the Paxil your brain tells you your crazy you have to take it etc. I am drug free non smoker who doesn’t drink now.

Currently I am at my wits end but ready to do anything to get off this dose permanently. I was a thinner happier person with some mild depression and panic attacks. Now Imp fat ,miserable and sick, physically. Edema so bad I can barely walk. No motivation. Depression. Unable to stop eating. Please keep me in your prayers and don’t take Paxil.

Get therapy, vitamins, herbal treatment, God. Don’t end up like me .Being depressed was much better because now Imp depressed overweight sick and addicted to Paxil and have low self esteem, emotional instability and so much more because the drug has this on me. I’m stronger hopefully but this is a warning. Get valium or Xanax prescribed for anxiety. Get a sleeping pill. Take Aleve for muscle pain. Go to free mental health for therapy. don’t take Paxil or other SSRIs It’s like the hotel California -you may never leave. oh yea my other friend, who takes Paxil 2-3 years also gained 60 pds and is very miserable and similar symptoms. questions or comment s mail to glori74@yahoo.com

Try to answer all. Thanks and hugs not drugs -especially Paxil!

Tim Blankenship
timb@sc.rr.com

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Survivor Story 214:23/77 – Drug Dilemma: become obese, stupefied, and also developing breasts.

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 32.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

9/8/2003

Drug Dilemma

 

Antidepressants

“(My sons) have been afflicted with Prozac, Zoloft, and some other SSRI’s that have caused them to become obese, stupefied, and are developing breasts as a result of side affects.”

In 1984 my wife died leaving me with three children in high school and twin boys that were handicapped. Before that time my wife had stated that under no circumstances would she allow my sons to be admitted into the assisted living program we had applied to if psychiatric drugs would be prescribed. They had never been on any kind of similar medication previously

Shortly after my wife’s death I was diagnosed with a “fatal” melanoma with three months to live. I agreed to whatever was necessary for my sons care.

Through God’s grace I survived, and with his help I managed to get my three other children through college.

A few years after being imprisoned at the assisted living agency I read a book that revealed that my sons were victims of a little known condition called “Hyperacusis”, An intolerable sensitivity to certain sound frequencies, that caused them to lie in bed with pillows over their ears. They read the encyclopedias in our house and became remarkable sources of information for their student siblings.

I found a treatment for Hyperacusis and had it corrected.

I feel that my sons, admitted to assisted living were lumped and labeled by the DSM, and became guinea pigs for the advance of lucrative drugs. including stelazine. (whatever happened to stelazine?)

Lately they have been afflicted with Prozac, Zoloft, and some other SSRI’s that have caused them to become obese, stupefied, and are developing breasts as a result of side affects. They have no control of their diets and get no exercise. The agency will provide marvelous ISP plans to contest this. but they do not exist. My sons appearance is visible testimony to this falsehood.

My sons have been “supervised” (imprisoned) for seventeen tears and face life without committing any crime. In spite of this atrocious isolation my sons have amassed a wealth of information through reading , and retention. I can only imagine their mental stature if they were allowed to go to the library.

They are driven to a day program where they spend the day protecting themselves form the mentally deranged clients, My son David had a piece bitten from his arm by a berserk person sitting next to him on the bus. Douglas had his head split open by one of his caretakers and was hospitalized. my request for incident reports was ignored, They endure this “snake pit” environment daily.

Before entering the agency my sons used public transportation and were free to walk the neighborhood. I feel that the threat of “drug suicide” causes the agency to supervise my sons twenty four hours a day.

I have no voice without a second professional opinion. I have not been able to get a second opinion and feel no doctor will jeopardize his career with backlash from the drug, and insurance companies, and the medical community.

George Mooney
gmooney@optonline.net

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Survivor Story 215:33/77 – Three Hellish Days on Cipramil (Celexa)

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 33.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

9/9/2003

Three Hellish Days on Cipramil (Celexa)

 

Antidepressants

“I woke up having the most horrendous panic attack I’ve ever had in my life. I was going out of my mind, the walls and floors were morphing into my body, my torso felt like it was on fire with an icy heat, my chest was bursting…”

I read through your site with interest and would like to include my story of 3 hellish days on Cipramil (Celexa) and how it set me on the road to tranquilizer addiction.

My name is Lisa, and I’m from the UK. I’d rather you didn’t include my email address, but please feel free to use my name.

I had been suffering with panic attacks for several years. First I was tried on beta blockers, and when they ceased to be effective, the doctor put me on Cipramil. Straight in at the high dose of 20mg. (I’ve since discovered you should start low and work your way up).

I was staying at a friends house at the time as I was pretty much suicidal. I took my first dose of Cipramil – nothing untoward happened apart from blurry vision and a dry mouth. Then at 3am the next morning, all hell broke loose. I woke up having the most horrendous panic attack I’ve ever had in my life. I was going out of my mind, the walls and floors were morphing into my body, my torso felt like it was on fire with an icy heat, my chest was bursting – I honestly thought I was dying. My friend called an ambulance, and this was the start of the worst day of my life. I ended up going by ambulance to hospital twice in the same day. The panic attack lasted 36 hours. (they’re supposed to last 30 minutes, tops).

While I was at hospital, they gave me Valium to abate the symptoms of the Cipramil. After taking it for a week, I couldn’t function without it.

Later on down the road, my doctor decided that as the Cipramil hadn’t worked, he was going to try me on Effexor. Like a fool, I thought it might be different this time. It wasn’t. Exactly the same thing happened – 3 days and I was a raving lunatic going completely out of my head with insane symptoms. My dose of Valium was upped to cope with the side effects of the Effexor. I took 3 Effexor, and threw the rest away.

I wish I could say that was the end of it, but it isn’t. I’m now a Valium addict. I honestly believe that if I’d never been given the Cipramil, I never would have ended up on Valium. I’m tapering off now with the help of a wonderful online support group, following the Ashton manual, and suffering horrible withdrawal symptoms. My doctor has been no help. I haven’t been able to work for 9 months and have been reduced to claiming Incapacity benefit.

All from taking Cipramil for 3 days – if only I’d known. These drugs should be banned.

Lisa

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Survivor Story 207:25/77 – I Lost My Son to Paxil “6 months after first starting Paxil – we are devastated.”

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 25.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

8/18/2003

I Lost My Son to Paxil

 

Antidepressants

“He died 6 months after first starting Paxil -we are devastated.”

To whom it may concern: I’m a Canadian but will do whatever it takes to join and speak at the subcommittee.

I lost my son to Paxil-he was 18 and half-bipolar and put on the wrong medication-he went from being kind to angry-violent and suicidal- we tried hospitalization and withdrawal etc.

He seemed as though he was just coming out of this when he died. He died 6 months after first starting Paxil -we are devastated-I have two other children but our horror and devastation can never be explained. My husband killed himself six weeks ago-he could not deal with the loss of our beautiful boy-even though he was treated he became severely depressed and could not fight his depression-he had never been suicidal.

Paxil has destroyed our beautiful family and I would go to any measure to speak or discuss this. It should never have been put on the market and the effects are so dramatic and devastating that we will never be the same.

My e-mail is leslie_fennchristian@shaw.ca and phone 604-926-5096 in West Vancouver. My son was a graduate of high school, with hundreds of friends, artist, athlete, starting college and just starting his own snowboard company. I send a picture of him to you-he is now one of the many that has joined the Paxil statistics-loved and lost to a prescription drug that should never have been approved. Leslie mother, widow and a family of statistics.

Leslie Fennchristian
leslie_fennchristian@shaw.ca

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Survivor Story – Celexa-Tileptol Side effects “I blacked out behind the wheel..”

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 26.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

8/18/2003

Celexa-Tileptol Side effects

 

Antidepressants

“I blacked out behind the wheel of my truck and went left of center, hitting another truck head on.”

I was on Celexa (20 mg I believe) and because I was diagnosed as being bi-polar I was also put on Trileptal. I had been on many many different anti-depressants and mood stabilizers over the course of several years. the typical drugs used for bi-polar gave me severe side effects, so she put me on an anti-depressant-mood stabilizer.

I was having adverse reactions every time the psychiatrist increased the dose of Trileptal. late last august I was seriously ill for 3 weeks-heat illness, dizziness(the dr in the er told me it was due to the Trileptal being a heat sensitive drug. she dropped the dose to the start-up dose then in October 2002 she increased it again. a week later I was on my way home from work when I passed out or blacked out behind the wheel of my truck and went left of center, hitting another truck head on.

Fortunately the other driver was not injured, I suffered a broken arm and severe contusions to my lower legs. the following week I continued to pass out at home as I was trying to wean myself off of these drugs. I went through 5 months rehab for my arm, which helped I’m sure getting off of the meds. it’s been less than a year, I deal with depression and suicidal thoughts all the time.

I will not get back on the SSRIs however. I quit seeing the shrink the week of my crash. I nearly got fired from a job I’ve held for 19 years due to the continual drug changes and side effects-mostly severe migraines, I was experiencing. heard you on coast to coast, keep up the good work.

Julie Hardbarger
02hugger@adelphia.net

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Survivor Story 209:27/77 – My life ruined by Prozac “..stubborn but not psychotic.”

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 27.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

8/19/2003

My life ruined by Prozac

 

Antidepressants

“Before these meds she was stubborn but not psychotic.”

Two months after being proscribed Prozac, my exwife was diagnosed as manic depressive before this her diagnosis was mild depression. 2 months later because she had serious mind racing problems she was prescribed Adderall 2 months later she was diagnosed psychotic and was given anti psychotic drugs. Before these meds she was stubborn but not psychotic. After this every side effect Dr. Anne Blake Tracy ID’ed in her book “Prozac panacea or Pandora” was now exhibited.

She began drinking, gambling , taking drugs “cocaine”. She ruined my finances “I am bankrupt”. IN my quest to save her I lost my business. She was my chief financial officer. 2 year later I am still trying to get my life back on track. I believe she is still severely physically affected by the use of these drugs. The terror we experienced few can survive. She still may not and I still have some suicidal ideation.

What Ely Lilly and the FDA has perpetrated on the public pales to almost every other act ever committed.

Robert Nance
xfile@whc.net

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Survivor Story 203:21/77 – Prozac and Klonopin problems

 

A Survivor Speaks Out

2003

This is Survivor Story number 21.
Total number of stories in current database is 77

8/7/2003

Prozac and Klonopin problems

 

Antidepressants

“Please pray for me as songs run though my head like there is a tuning fork in it.”

I am 52 years old and had a headache from having withdrawn off Librium many years ago. I was given Xanax for it later, then weaned to Klonopin and then onto Prozac. My head exploded and protruded and I could not walk for months. I was hospitalized several times and each time given 4 Klonopins and sent home. I had hallucinations and was abandoned by my doctor. I was hooked to a social service agency who made me keep taking Prozac even though I was becoming allergic I think because my skin was burning.

I was never given anything for side effects. I was given tranquilizers. I am now 10 months coming off Prozac and have sharp head pain and muscle spasms and tremors for which they are again prescribing Klonopins for racing thoughts and zaps and they don’t work and are addictive. I was lied to and told nothing happens when you stop Prozac. It’s been awful for me. I am shaking and my head is bobbing and I feel stabbing pain and no one will help me. The doctor is now sending me to an involuntary movement clinic this week.

I am outraged and afraid of death from being given Prozac and Elavil together and then 4 Klonopin again. I just had a headache. If it was not for a friend who is studying to be a DO I would be dead by now. I keep calling the doctor and I am told that I can stop the Klonopin anytime I want. This is bunk. It is very addictive and I am shaking like a leaf with no help from family and friends. My neck is damaged and I can’t open my mouth to go to the dentist. The rigidity is so severe. Then I am criticized for the tranquilizers. I have no idea what to do. I know that the doctors are guilty of malpractice here, but they say it my fault. Please pray for me as songs run though my head like there is a tuning fork in it. I was a perfectly normal person with head pain. I may die. I am being marked as severely mentally ill. This is not the case. Thanks for reading.

Any correspondence is much appreciated. I can’t find a lawyer or doctor who will really listen. I can’t lay down normally without zaps and stinging in my head. I can see better now that my face is unmasked from the Klonopin, but my doctor will not tell me if I will be better or not. They say maybe a year. Maybe, if I am not stuck addicted to tranquilizers. They will not help me get off them. They send a nurse here to make me take them and then say they will take me off them later.

Any help is much appreciated.
Chris Burns

Christine Burns
chrisdeene@sbcglobal.net

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