ANTIDEPRESSANTS: SUICIDE HITS A 25 YEAR ALL TIME HIGH

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SUICIDE DEATHS HIT A 25 YEAR ALL TIME HIGH

Now I don’t know why on earth the suicide rate would be at an all time high over the past 25 years when some of the most popular prescription drugs on the market have a Black Box Warning for suicide, do you?! Give me a break!!!!

I and our group, the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, have been tracking the cases for 25 years and building a database of the suicides (www.ssristories.NET) and it is so common to have an antidepressant behind these completely out of character suicides that coroners have been noticing it for two decades…LONG before the FDA Black Box Warning was put into place to the point of even asking when they walk into an autopsy, “So have you found the antidepressant yet?”! So NOW the CDC is finally letting us know that suicide is at a 25 year high? Just as with the FDA their warnings seem to always come way too late!

But the FDA issued the Black Box Warning for suicide with antidepressants in 2005 so why is it that so few become aware of the warning for suicide in association with antidepressant use until after their loved one has taken their own life and perhaps someone else’s life as well? It is because they are not being given that warning by their doctors as mandated by law! Perhaps someone might want to look at that problem along with the fact the warning was only given for those 25 and under when the drugs clearly don’t care what age you happen to be when they produce the toxic reaction linked to overwhelming compulsions to kill yourself.

So why this revelation from the CDC now? Is it just a push for even more of those who are feeling down and out to take these drugs with the misnomer “antidepressant” attached to them even though these drugs have listed side effects of depression, anxiety, psychosis and suicide? Can someone please explain to me why that would “help” anyone get over depression?!

Just how much longer do we as a society tolerate having prescription drugs on the market with warnings they could produce both suicide and homicide as a side effect?! The Germans missed seeing the Holocaust happening right under their noses no different than we are missing this current medication-induced holocaust happening right under our noses! Wake up America!

READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE WITH STATS ON SUICIDE INCREASE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2784157/Americans-living-longer-death-rates-fall.html

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

Thank You FDA for Yet ANOTHER Deadly Diet Drug!!!!!!

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CONTRAVE (WELLBUTRIN) FOR WEIGHT LOSS?

As if the ravages of the serotonergic diet drugs Phen Fen and Redux in the mid 90’s did not generate enough pain and suffering, the FDA next approved a drug almost identical to Redux that had just been pulled from the market for the heart damage, but more for the brain damage it caused. The new drug Merida was finally pulled from the market in 2010 I believe. And since then the FDA has “blessed” us with three new diet drugs since 2012. Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) and Belviq (lorcaserin) were both approved that year and both of them are serotonergic drugs with similar side effect profile of the SSRI antidepressants including Serotonin Syndrome and suicide. Then the latest weight loss drug was approved on September 10, 2014.

The brand name of the new drug is Contrave. But it is not actually a new drug, as most are not any more, but it is a combination of two presently approved drugs, the antidepressant Wellbutrin and Naltrexone, an anti-addiction drug.

With this drug those in the clinical trials lost an amazing 2% – 4% more than those on placebo! Over a six month period they lost 25 pounds.

Wow! Now doesn’t that sound effective?! Sure makes me want to try it! How about you? Funny that going to a raw Vegan diet and being out on a farm this summer I lost 15 pounds in four months this summer. No wonder we find the following statement in the following article about the new “diet drug”….

A most classic statement: “Is the new drug meant to be used in combination with diet and exercise? …. Absolutely, doctors agree. “If you try to use it in isolation, that patient is not going to have success,” says Bipan Chand, MD.”

So there is no cutting corners with the drug, you cannot just take the drug and lose weight. You have to do diet and exercise with it for it to work. So … what really produces the weight loss? Obviously it is the diet and exercise!

Somehow I have trouble believing there is much of anything this drug does to help. Certainly seems that it would not be worth taking the chance with Wellbutrin as part of the combination that makes up this drug. Wellbutrin is the antidepressant that Donna Fairchild, the City Counselwoman who was running for Mayor in Mesquite, NV, took a couple of years ago as a stop smoking aid. Then in abrupt withdrawal from the drug she shot her husband and herself. Donna and her husband were both retired Denver police officers.

For many other similar examples of what can happen on Wellbutrin I would suggest you go to our database of cases at www.ssristories.net and click on the option of which drug the person was on and read all of the Wellbutrin cases there. That will give you some idea of whether you think a 2% to 4% weight loss is worth taking such a chance. Since I got straight A’s in math, you will certainly not see me standing in line for a prescription for this drug! (Or any other, for that matter with all I know now about Pharma and their practices!)

And just for fun I suggest you go to http://www.belviq.com/ and read the Important Safety Information on Belviq. I assure you it will surprise you what all you are going to find there. Clearly none of these drugs can be taken safely with an antidepressant which causes the weight gain for which you might consider a weight loss medication!

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH

Sept. 11, 2014 — The FDA’s approval on Wednesday of a new prescription weight-loss pill offers yet another option for the more than one-third of American adults who are obese. Called Contrave, the new drug is the third prescription weight-loss drug to be approved by the FDA since 2012. It’s also approved for those not obese but overweight with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

Contrave joins Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) and Belviq (lorcaserin). Both were approved in 2012.

Contrave combines two drugs already on the market: bupropion (Wellbutrin), an antidepressant, and naltrexone, an anti-addiction drug. Because it contains bupropion, the new drug will have a boxed warning to alert doctors and patients to the increased risk of suicidal thoughts that are linked with antidepressants.

Weight loss experts say all three drugs work in similar ways, but they welcome Contrave as yet another option, especially since not all weight loss drugs work the same for everyone.

The FDA approval came after the agency looked at new information it requested from the drug’s maker in 2011 to be sure the drug was safe for the heart. Even so, the approval came with a requirement to do another study about the drug’s effect on the heart.

Here’s what else to know about the new drug.

How does Contrave work?

”It takes away hunger and the cravings for food,” says John Foreyt, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He was a researcher on a clinical trial studying Contrave. He does not have financial ties to Orexigen, the drug’s maker, or to Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which plans to market the new drug.

How the combination works for weight loss is not entirely understood, even by experts. The bupropion helps lessen appetite, says William Troy Donahoo, MD, an endocrinologist and weight loss specialist at Kaiser Permanente, Denver. The naltrexone, he says, probably works by blocking certain receptors in the brain and curbing cravings.

Who is eligible to take it?

The drug, a daily pill, is approved for use in adults with a body mass index or BMI of 30 (obese), or a BMI of 27 (overweight) with conditions that raise heart and stroke risks, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes.

A 5-foot-9-inch person who weighs 183 pounds has a BMI of 27. At 203 pounds, his or her BMI is 30.

The drug should not be given to anyone with a seizure disorder, pregnant women or those trying to get pregnant, or anyone with an eating disorder, among others, according to the FDA.

Is the new drug meant to be used in combination with diet and exercise?

Absolutely, doctors agree. “If you try to use it in isolation, that patient is not going to have success,” says Bipan Chand, MD. He’s the director of the Loyola University Medical Center’s Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care.

The ideal patient, Chand says, is one who will look at their diet, make healthier choices, and get regular exercise, along with taking the medicine.

The drug will help with controlling how much someone eats, Foreyt agrees, ”but we still have to watch what we eat and exercise regularly.”

In clinical trials that included obese and overweight men and women, everyone received instructions on eating a reduced-calorie diet and getting regular exercise.

How much weight do people on this drug lose?

The amount varies, but on average, people lose 5% to 10% of their starting weight, according to clinical trials and experts.

In one 56-week study looking at Contrave combined with health habit changes, those on the drug lost more than 9% of their starting weight, while those on placebo lost just 5%.

So a 200-pound person losing 10% would end up at 180 pounds, perhaps moving from the obese to the overweight range, or the overweight to the healthy weight range.

In clinical trials that studied more than 4,500 people, the drug helped people keep off weight for up to a year, the length of the studies, according to Orexigen. On average, those who took Contrave for 6 months and combined it with a weight-management program lost 25 pounds, the company says in a statement. Those who were on placebo and the weight-management program averaged a 17-pound loss.

According to the FDA, people without diabetes who were in one of the clinical trials and took Contrave had an average weight loss, at the 1-year mark, of 4.1% over those who took the placebo pill.

In another study of those with type 2 diabetes, those on the drug lost 2% more than those on placebo.

In approving Contrave, the FDA says that those using it at the maintenance dose ”should be evaluated after 12 weeks to determine if the treatment is working.” If the weight loss at that point is not at least 5% of starting weight, the drug should be stopped, according to the FDA, as it is not likely to work adequately and long-term for the patient.

If the drug is working, the label has limit on how long it can be taken.

The results seen in studies of the drug aren’t always the same once the drug is on the market, Donahoo says. Once on the market, he says, the medicine may give better results than in clinical trials.

Part of the reason, he says, may be that doctors familiar with their patients can pick the weight loss drug they think may be most likely to work for a specific patient.

What are the side effects of the new drug?

In the clinical trials of Contrave, nausea was most common, reported by 34% of people, Foreyt says. Other complaints were headache, constipation, dizziness, vomiting, insomnia, dry mouth, and diarrhea, the FDA says.

The FDA rejected the request for approval of Contrave in 2011, requesting more information about the safety of the drug for the heart. In response, Orexigen launched the Contrave Light Study, including nearly 9,000 patients, to rule out excess heart and stroke risks in those taking the drug.

The interim results of the study, announced in late 2013, met the FDA goals, according to the company.

The FDA approval includes requirements for post-marketing research, including a heart outcomes trial to look at any heart and stroke risks. The company must also look at the potential for interactions between Contrave and other drugs, evaluate the best dose for patients with liver or kidney problems, look at the safety of the drug in children, and do other research.

How does Contrave compare to the other two recently approved weight-loss drugs?

No head-to-head comparison has been made of all three drugs — Contrave, Belviq and Qsymia — but experts can talk in general about how the drugs are alike and different.

“All affect one’s desire to eat,” Chand says of the three. In contrast, other weight loss drugs, such as orlistat (Alli, Xenical) work by reducing the digestion and absorption of fat in food.

“There is no way to predict who will respond and will not” to the various drugs, Chand says. “It is trial and error.”

What will Contrave cost?

Company spokespeople declined to estimate. But other experts expect it to be priced competitively with the other two prescription weight-loss drugs.

Both cost about $6 or $7 a day, or about $180 to $210 a month.

Insurance coverage for Qsymia and Belviq varies by plan.

Takeda, which will distribute Contrave, expects the drug to be available in the fall, says Denise Powell, a spokeswoman for Orexigen.

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PROZAC: The Tragic Loss of Del Shannon in 1990

Del Shannon

DEL SHANNON/CHARLES WESTOVER

I felt someone tap me on the shoulder tonight asking “Remember me?”

My answer? “I certainly do Del!”

Del singing his hit Runaway on Letterman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSkV9pdzLgo

Here is my message tonight to Del:

“Still miss you Del….[please know that LeAnne did everything she could to make it known to the world what really happened to you and know that Eli Lilly’s Prozac will never get away with your death! They have killed so many more since they killed you with Prozac. And by hiding your death and so many others they paved the way for all the other SSRI and SNRI antidepressants! Here is a long list of just a few thousand of those tragic and generally very violent deaths produced by these drugs: www.ssristories.NET

“Prozac, Only a Mineral You Are Missing in Your Brain” ???!!!

“I still cannot believe your doctor lied to you in order to get you to take Prozac since you were so opposed to chemicals after overcoming alcoholism. You tried to tell him no! How he could lie so boldly telling you it was just a mineral you were missing in your brain! Less than three weeks later you were dead just as your career was taking off again like crazy!

Key Doctors Speak Out For Truth

“You will be glad to know that the doctor who discovered the receptor binding process, which made this new class of antidepressants possible came out against these drugs in TIME Magazine, in 1997, calling them “monsters” which she wished she had never had anything to do with contributing to their development …. but no one listened.

“Then just a few years ago the doctor who bought the approval for Prozac with a lousy $30,000 bribe began telling the world about the criminal acts that got all these antidepressants on the market … too late to save your life and too many others. Here is a radio show I did with him admitting all this if you want to hear his admission:

John Virapen

Dr. John Virapen

Audio link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl8uTZZYw-s

“Don’t worry Del….you are not forgotten and neither is Eli Lilly for what they did to you and to oh so many others since then. The world WILL know you were murdered by their deadly drug Del! I promise you!”

Tragically Still No Warning for Those Dealing With Substance Abuse

Although there is every reason to issue strong warnings that antidepressants should never be used by those like you who have suffered alcoholism or substance abuse of any kind that warning remains unheard. From the beginning the antidepressants produced overwhelming compulsions for alcohol, even in those who had never touched alcohol before. (See more information here: http://www.drugawareness.org/ssris-and-alcohol/ )

Those compulsions for alcohol were in fact the first thing that drew my attention to Prozac. And we now have studies showing that antidepressants produce an increase in drinking in 45% of those who had problems with alcohol before. This should demonstrate the necessity for antidepressants to be contraindicated for those suffering from this. Instead these drugs seem to be the drugs of choice for those in rehab as a treatment for alcoholism or substance abuse! How absurd!!!!

Initial News Reports of Del’s Death

News announcing Del’s death including an interview with his wife, my dear friend, Leanne, who I have missed since we lost contact after what was clear to me was a hallmark gag order on Del’s wrongful death suit put into place after a settlement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2okmhFOQZQ

Clearly LeAnne was the only one interviewed here who understood what had happened to Del and that this was not a “choice” he made in taking his own life. Few knew what a health nut Del had become and how spiritual a person he was and how much he loved Leanne and would never have “chosen” to leave her and his family.

Thankfully in Contact Again!

I am very happy to report that since this blog post first came out the end of September 2014 Del’s widow and my dear friend, LeAnne Westover, and I are once again in contact with  one another after she sent me the following very sweet note on my  Ann Blake Tracy, Author page on Facebook….

Dear Ann,
With all my heart I thank God for you,
you are not forgotten my friend.
LeAnne

YES!!!! It is so wonderful to find old friends! LeAnne is such a sweetheart and I hope and pray she, as SO MANY others are having to do, can make it through another of these painful anniversaries for the loss of her beloved husband while feeling Del/Charles near her, comforting her ….

Search our database of documented antidepressant-induced tragedies from Columbine to Andrea Yates to the Atlanta Day Trader to the New York City Subway Bomber and many, many, many more at ….. www.ssristories.NET

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: GA – Veteran Shoots Self in Front of Wife

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Donovan and Chloe Hernandez

“That entire day he was acting strange,” Crystal said. “He was cleaning his guns, he was crying a lot. He was diagnosed with depression and he was sad often times. I didn’t know he was thinking about ending his own life.”

Crystal’s husband, 43-year-old Donovan Hernandez, served 21 years in the Army. He spent his last 16 years at Fort Benning, and Crystal said Donovan took his own life before her very eyes on July 12, 2014 around 10:30 p.m.

Thanks to Pamela Cole for alerting us to this case. Pam lost her own father to Prozac and accompanied us to the 2004 hearings on antidepressants and suicide.

See the full story on Donovan Hernandez in the link below, but I have never seen a case involving shooting ones self in front of the family if it did not involve an antidepressant. It reminds me of Gary and Maria, both pharmacists in Florida. Both on Prozac Maria first attempted suicide on the drug, survived, got off and continued to warn Gary he needed to get off it. He assured her he was fine until he walked in the TV room and while the family was watching shot himself in front of them. Maria took Prozac off the shelves of their pharmacy declaring it was NOT a medication, but a deadly drug. We met as we both testified at the 1991 FDA hearing on Prozac and suicide.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/26511605/a-veterans-widow?clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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Robin Williams: What No One Is Willing to Talk About (But us!)

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Robin Williams – What No One Is Willing to Talk About

This is an excellent video I would encourage everyone to watch! I am sorry I did not get it out days ago, but with the death of my own mother following Robin Williams death by only three days, I am a little behind schedule.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiUeOLfV5z8

The following is my posted comment on this video:

“Excellent presentation of the data! I say that after 25 years of specializing in antidepressant adverse reactions, testifying in court cases involving the drugs, writing a large text on these drugs, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare, and gathering approximately 5000 cases (including most all of the school shootings and mass shootings) documented as involving antidepressants found at www.ssristories.net

“The hypothesis behind these drugs is backwards. Serotonin is NOT low in depression, but elevated and I can prove that via expert witness testimony by drug company experts themselves. Antidepressants not only cause suicide, they cause murder as well and yes that is documented in court testimony as well (check Tobin vs Glaxo Smith Kline). They often produce this by triggering REM Sleep Disorder (RBD), where you act out nightmares and well known for the potential to produce both murder and suicide. Shockingly 86% of those being diagnosed with this disorder are currently on an antidepressant. Since RBD was known in the past as mainly a drug withdrawal state we should have far stronger warnings about antidepressant withdrawal! Thank you for this!

“And as for why no one wants to talk about this….when I did the Leeza Gibbons Show in 1999, just two years after drug companies were allowed to begin advertising their prescription drugs, they made that answer very clear. As we stepped on the stage to discuss the alarming number of mothers killing their children while on antidepressants we were told we could use the word “antidepressant” but we could not use the brand names of the drugs “because of our advertisers.” If the advertisers are the ones deciding what you can and cannot hear and the main advertisers are drug companies do you really think you will hear this on mainstream media?”

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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Video: Marlon Wayans: Antidepressants may have caused Robin Williams’ suicide

Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans

Antidepressants may have caused Robin Williams suicide

Just in from our Washington State Director of ICFDA and my comment is:

“After specializing in adverse reactions to antidepressants and testifying in cases for almost 25 years I will say Marlon is exactly right. In fact I and our organization, The International Coalition for Drug Awareness, put together a database of about 5000 cases at www.ssristories.net which has been used in medical studies to discuss this reaction involving suicide as well as murder.

“In Robin’s case I fear it may have been a reaction to the drugs known as a REM Sleep Disorder (RBD) where you act out nightmares in a sleep state. Of those being diagnosed with RBD 86% of the patients are currently taking an antidepressant. Murder and suicide have both been seen in RBD. But before these drugs RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal state. And with Robin recently in rehab it is far too likely that there were medication changes going on which can trigger these reactions.

“Such a tragic loss for us all! When will the world wake up to the dangers of these deadly drugs?!

“When I was the expert in comedian Phil Hartman’s death and we got a wrongful death settlement for both his and his wife’s deaths I thought that might wake up the world, but no one even paid any attention. Hopefully in Robin’s passing it will wake up the world and save many lives! But what a terrible price to pay in order to learn this!”

VIEW MARLON’S STATEMENT HERE: http://fusion.net/Culture/video/marlon-wayans-antidepressants-caused-robin-williams-suicide-946529

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
drugawareness.org & ssristories.net
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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ANTIDEPRESSANT?? Another Great Comedian, Robin Williams, Lost to Suicide or Murder by Prescription?

 

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams 1951 – 2014

The question remains…HOW MANY MEDS CAN ONE TAKE WITH SUICIDE WARNINGS BEFORE THE SYNERGISTIC EFFECTS PRODUCE SUICIDE WHEN WARNINGS INDICATE ONLY ONE IS ENOUGH TO PRODUCE SUICIDE???

From the  Levadopa package insert warnings we read: “All patients should be observed carefully for the development of depression with concomitant suicidal tendencies”

Of course this same warning comes with “any antidepressant ever approved by the FDA or any antidepressant to ever be approved by the FDA in the future” ….. the wording of such a comprehensive warning still rings in my ears as I stood in anticipation to hear the conclusion of the FDA Advisory Committee a decade ago. Sadly that warning was not comprehensive enough to save one of America’s most beloved comedians.

Today the toxicology confirmed all I said – statements I got a lot of flack for even from those who are suppose to know how deadly these antidepressants are! Several of Robin’s close friends have also said they thought these drugs caused his suicide. Now, according to the article below, we know that Robin Williams was on THREE prescription drugs that carry suicide as a warning!!! He was taking two antidepressants (antidepressants should never be given together due to the toxic effects of doing so) along with an anti-Parkinson drug also known to produce suicide as a side effect.

Just how much did they think he was capable of warding off those powerful mind altering effects?! After working these cases for 25 years I would say his family should not even hesitate in filing a wrongful death case in his behalf! He would not have had a chance on that combination of drugs! “Williams had two types of antidepressants in his system when he died, as well as a Parkinson’s medication, caffeine and another ingredient found in tea and cocoa, the autopsy found.”

In 1998 the world lost comedian Phil Hartman in a tragic murder/suicide. Pfizer, the makers of Zoloft, settled a wrongful death suit for their deaths brought against them by the Hartman children, Sean and Birgin. We also came too close to losing Jim Carey and Roseanne Barr to the same medications that took Phil from us – antidepressants. But just how similar was Robin William’s situation to that of singer Del Shannon who was lost to antidepressants in 1990?

Del Shannon (Charles Westover) died February 8, 1990. February 26, 1990 People ran a ridiculous article titled “Singer Del Shoots Himself, Leaving Others to Wonder Why He Ran Away” It went on to say, “For now, Shannon’s family and friends, like the character in the singer’s most famous song, can only wonder why.”

In September of 1991 I met Del’s wife, Lee Anne, after she had learned why she lost Del. We became fast friends when we both testified before the FDA Advisory Committee on Prozac induced suicide. We were to later learn that the members of that committee had major vested interests in the millions but were allowed to sign wavers stating that those funds would not influence their vote that day. And so the committee reassured the world that Prozac was not causing suicides as they ran home to count their money coming in from the drug makers.

From the beginning Del’s wife believed her husband’s death must have been an accident. “Del was too loving, too considerate a person to do something like this,” she says. “He would never do it, knowing it would hurt those who loved him.”

By the time we met a year and a half later she had learned his death was murder, pre-meditated murder via Prozac with the culpable parties being Eli Lilly and his family physician. Del’s career was beginning to really take off again and he was quickly reaching burn out. So he had gone to his family doctor who suggested Prozac. After going very holistic to beat a previous alcohol addiction Del refused the prescription because he did not want to use chemicals of any kind any longer. So the doctor told him that Prozac was not a chemical, but a mineral he was missing! Three weeks later he shot himself after kissing his wife as she left for the grocery store.

The People magazine article addressed his previous drinking problem: “When I was 20, I was drinking,” Shannon told the Los Angeles Times last year. “When I was 30, I was drinking more, and at 40, way too much.”

The one major issue that caught my attention in 1990 with this first SSRI antidepressant, Prozac, the mother of all SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, was the compulsion to drink alcohol. Living in Salt Lake City at the time I watched Mormons raised without any alcohol become staggering alcoholics almost overnight when given Prozac. Then as Zoloft was introduced we found it to be doing the same and such has been the case with all of these serotonergic medications since then. Someone who has a problem with alcohol should NEVER be given an antidepressant because of the potential of these drugs to produce these overwhelming cravings for alcohol!

Did Del’s use of Prozac bring those cravings for alcohol back making him think he could never overcome his addiction that he was so sure he had beaten leading him to lose all hope? The possibility is a strong one with more recent studies showing that almost half of those who take SSRIs after a problem with alcohol will INCREASE their drinking. Del’s wife did file a wrongful death suit and I have no doubt in my own mind (for many varied reasons) that case was settled by Eli Lilly and the doctor who lied to Del.

According to reports Robin Williams had recently been dealing with alcohol problems and went into rehab. Rehabs are notorious for prescribing antidepressants! I would hope his family would persue this and look for what really happened to Robin. If an antidepressant had been consumed this was not a suicide, but a premeditated murder! Warnings should be given for those who have had problems with alcohol or drugs in the past.

As for the Parkinson’s he was diagnosed with, I have no doubt that was caused by the antidepressants they had given him because Parkinson’s symptoms were the very first adverse reactions seen with the mother drug of all these antidepressants, Prozac. Antidepressants can cause all kinds of movement disorders, the worst being akathisia which is a Greek term meaning “can’t sit still.” It is also known to trigger suicide.

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,

International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

ORIGINAL ARTICLES: https://www.yahoo.com/movies/robin-williams-autopsy-confirms-death-by-suicide-102038264302.html

ORIGINAL TOXICOLOGY ARTICLE FROM AP: https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/robin-williams-autopsy-found-no-illegal-drugs-212212641.html

Robin Williams’ autopsy found no illegal drugs

Associated Press

By KRISTIN J. BENDERNovember 7, 2014
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo, actor Robin Williams poses for a portrait during the "Happy Feet" Press Junket in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities say an autopsy on Williams found no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he committed suicide at his Northern California home in August 2014. The Marin County sheriff's office released the autopsy results Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams’ autopsy found no alcohol or illegal drugs were in his body when he killed himself at his Northern California home in August, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

The results released by the Marin County sheriff’s office found that the actor had taken prescription medications, but in “therapeutic concentrations.”

The coroner ruled Williams’ death a suicide that resulted from asphyxia due to hanging.

Sheriff’s officials have said Williams was found in the bedroom of his home in Tiburon on the morning of Aug. 11. His death had been preliminarily ruled a suicide, with sheriff’s officials saying he hanged himself with a belt.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, has said the actor and comedian was struggling with depression, anxiety and a recent Parkinson’s diagnosis when his personal assistant found him dead.

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Williams had publicly acknowledged periodic struggles with substance abuse, and he had entered a substance abuse program shortly before his death. According to the coroner’s report, his wife told an investigator Williams did not go there because of recent drug or alcohol abuse, but rather to reaffirm the principles of his rehabilitation.

According to his wife, Williams was having trouble sleeping and had shown increased signs of paranoia before he committed suicide, the autopsy report said. Medical records confirmed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in November 2013 but had symptoms since 2011, including a left arm tremor and the slowing of left hand movements. Treatments with drugs in May 2014 led to some improvement, according to the report, and he remained physically active until his death.

Williams had two types of antidepressants in his system when he died, as well as a Parkinson’s medication, caffeine and another ingredient found in tea and cocoa, the autopsy found.

Authorities have said Williams was last seen alive by his wife when she went to bed the night of Aug. 10. She woke up the next morning and left, thinking he was still asleep elsewhere in the house.

Shortly after that, Williams’ assistant came to the home and became concerned when he failed to respond to knocks at a door. The assistant found the 63-year-old actor in a bedroom, according to sheriff’s officials.

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Williams also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.

The results of Williams’ autopsy, including the toxicology tests, were originally slated to be released Sept. 20. Marin County officials later announced a Nov. 3 release date, but the report was further delayed. Toxicology reports routinely take up to six weeks to complete.

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Associated Press writer Sudhin Thanawala contributed to this report.

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Trading Money for Mayhem: Anti-depressants’ Deadly Effects on America

 

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Trading Money for Mayhem:

Anti-depressants’ Deadly Effects on America

JUNE 25, 2014 Posted by: KELLY GNEITING
Reddit

I am Ann Blake Tracy, author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare. Since early 1990 I have devoted every minute of my life to researching and writing about the SSRI antidepressant drugs. Since 1992 I have been testifying as an expert court witness on their adverse effects. I also head an international organization, the International Coalition for Drug Awareness (www.drugawareness.org), designed to educate the medical profession, patients, government authorities and others about these adverse effects and their impact upon our society. To see a full bio of who I am and what I have been doing over the past two plus decades you can go to http://www.drugawareness.org/mission/board/

In the beginning I had NO idea the overwhelming opposition I would face in my attempt to point out the obvious faults in the hypothesis behind these new antidepressants. I quickly learned that opposition was due to the massive amount of income produced by this group of drugs. But when I saw the damaging results I have seen from these drugs upon our society, I was determined to help save the lives of so many that are being needlessly lost. So concerned was I about the violence we were seeing in women and children I called the NRA and asked them to help me warn of the dangers of these drugs telling them that in the end these drugs would be the means by which enough violence would be produced that there would be a call to take America’s guns. Two decades later that is exactly where we are. Once you understand the science behind the drugs you will be able to see that such a prediction was only simple deduction.

Most important to learn is that SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) antidepressants are the most similar drugs to LSD and PCP– long known to produce indescribable violence, we have ever seen. Yet LSD, was patented in 1956 by Eli Lilly, the makers of Prozac which was the first of these SSRI antidepressants to be produced. They marketed LSD as a cure for mental illness and alcoholism and as an aid in psychoanalysis even though initially LSD was introduced by Sandoz Pharmaceuticals as a way to chemically induce insanity in someone so that scientists could then determine what was the root cause OF insanity.

PCP was introduced by Parke Davis Pharmaceutical and thought to be such a safe and effective prescription drug that it was on the market 7 years before pulling it. Its removal from the market was NOT due to concerns of the AMA or FDA, but at the insistence of law enforcement and judges who were tired of dealing with the violence produced by the drug. In fact over the past decade now scientists have even suggested that Ketamine (Special K), a sister drug to PCP, is the perfect antidepressant … with only one major drawback being the hallucinations/psychosis it produces. Of course since PCP and Ketamine are anesthetics they should know the drugs would stop all feeling, but do we really want a huge portion of society walking around under anesthesia? Yet since these antidepressants are so similar in action that is exactly what we have now.

In the early 2000’s law enforcement began to ask why violence for seemingly NO reason at all was appearing everywhere. And in February of 2004 Sheriff Richard Mack testified before the FDA on this same type of violence being produced as a result of these antidepressants. He ended his comments with: “”Some people don’t have the adverse reaction to these drugs, some do. I learned the same with LSD when I investigated that as an undercover narcotics officer. I can only say that the evidence is mounting over and over [as we investigate]. We cannot, as law enforcement officials, ignore such circumstantial evidence. I doubt very seriously if you could either… I am an advocate for state’s rights and I do believe that if the FDA fails to take action, the state and local authorities will have to.” (Sheriff Mack’s full testimony can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/t9wLpnu-iSc)

As you look at the following information I believe you will agree that it is time for state and local authorities to take action.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS & SCHOOL VIOLENCE: This is a very long list of school violence/shootings we have documented which have been linked to antidepressant use since 1988 – 67 cases on the list: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpFoivbZH1o&feature=youtu.be

A direct link to this list where you can read more on each individual case is at http://www.drugawareness.org/ssri-nightmares/school-shootings and an entire database of almost 5000 cases like this ending in workplace violence, murder/suicides, etc. is at www.ssristories.drugawareness.org

Two other videos which you will find extremely enlightening are Corey Baadsgard’s video interview with him and his father about his own experience as the only school shooter I am aware of to talk about what happened, “Why I Took a Gun to School…”http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/why-i-took-a-gun-to-school-1

Mark Taylor was the first boy shot at Columbine High School. He took 7 -13 bullets and survived. He became known as the Columbine Miracle Boy. This is Mark’s story about a new nightmare worse than what happened the day he was shot Mark Taylor’s Fight for Columbine.” You will learn about the cause of Columbine which includes Michael Moore stating it was NOT the guns, but the antidepressants that caused Columbine: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/mark-taylors-fight4columbine

Here is Mark’s testimony before the FDA: http://www.drugawareness.org/fda-testimony/mark-taylors-testimony-before-the-fda-9132004

For the science behind the violence I would point out that these drugs have suicidal and homicidal ideation listed as side effects. Ideation is not just thoughts of either suicide or homicide. Ideation is ruminating compulsive thoughts or actions resulting in suicide or homicide. Once again I ask why is it okay to have prescription medications on the market known to cause both suicide and homicide? I refer also you to my brief September 2004 FDA testimony. http://www.drugawareness.org/fda-testimony/dr-ann-blake-tracys-september-13-2004-to-the-fda and my 2006 FDA testimony to give you more in depth information on other types of cases these drugs are producing other than school shootings: http://www.drugawareness.org/fda-testimony/dr-ann-blake-tracys-december-13-2006-to-the-fda

Another very serious issue I have been tracking this entire time is the problems in the military with these drugs. Hopefully you noticed the last two mass shootings in the military, the Navy Yard shooting and the Fort Hood shooting were both committed by someone taking antidepressants. Besides that since about 2007 the number of suicides in the military have outnumbered the deaths in battle – a first in our military while young recruits are being told they must take these antidepressants to go into combat. At this point we now have 660 suicides and another 1600 suicide attempts per month! I know the very large majority are being caused by these drugs, but it needs to be documented and then it needs to stop!

It is also important to note that I just testified before the Danish Parliament on the brain damage, endocrine damage and terrible long term withdrawal associated with antidepressants. Critical to understand is that the FDA has issued warnings that ANY abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant (whether increasing or decreasing the dose) can produce suicide, hostility, and/or psychosis. The withdrawal MUST be extremely (months and even years) in order to avoid these deadly effects!

Please feel free to contact me after viewing this information if I can answer any question left unanswered or if I can be of any further assistance.

Respectfully,

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director, International Coalition for Drug Awareness (www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org)

– See more at: http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2014/06/trading-money-for-mayhem-anti-depressants-deadly-effects-on-america/#sthash.f1m9dQjC.aWQGyfM5.dpuf

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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ANTIDEPRESSANT WITHDRAWAL: Former Dallas Police Chief Found Dead

 

Chief Greg Holliday

Former Dallas Assistant Police Chief Greg Holliday

After going missing former Dallas Assistant Police Chief Greg Holliday, 63, was hit by a car, refused treatment, then was found dead in a creek while in withdrawal from an antidepressant. He had told his wife he was depressed over the anniversary of his daughter’s death.

“He had stated to his wife that he was depressed about the anniversary of his daughter’s death,” Sherwin said.

“Police say Holliday was also taking anti-depressants and was apparently trying to ween himself off of them, which they fear may have exacerbated the problem.

?Authorities believe Holliday received minor injuries when he was absentmindedly walked into the roadway and was hit by a car leaving a Chase bank at Midway and Frankford at 4:15 p.m. Monday.”

After two and a half decades of these drugs being on the market you would think doctors would have learned how to wean patients safely off antidepressants!!!

ORIGINAL ARTICLES: http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Swift-water-rescue-crews-search-area-for-missing-retired-officer-259101921.html

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas/Police-confirm-body-found-in-creek-is-former-assistant-chief-259723751.html

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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25 Years After Wesbecker’s Rampage Another Prozac Tragedy in Louisville, KY

Maddie Yates

Maddie Yates, Teen’s Prozac-induced suicide

Yet another Louisville antidepressant-induced tragedy but certainly not the only one over the past 25 years. How very sad and tragic that they continue this many years later … Maddie Yates, a teen in Louisville, KY has committed suicide on Prozac after posting online that she was going to do so. Louisville, KY, of all places – right where Joseph Wesbecker, on Prozac, went on the 1989 big shooting spree at the printing company where he worked in Louisville, KY thus blowing open the controversy about Prozac and violence.

From my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare, we read about this case: “On September 14, 1989, Joseph Wesbecker blew the lid off the Pandora’s box unveiling one of the most terrible of the paradoxical reactions to Prozac when he walked into his former place of employment, Louisville, Kentucky’s Standard Gravure Corp., took the elevator to the third floor, and as the elevator doors opened, started firing with an AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifle. In what authorities called a ‘blood bath you don’t get over,’ Wesbecker took eight lives and wounded twelve others before taking his own life.”

When the makers of Prozac were sued by the surviving family members of those who lost their lives along with some of the survivors of the shooting spree we were not told, but later learned, the case was a set up to make Prozac appear completely safe and not the instigator of this blood bath. Apparently it worked well in Louisville, KY with few hearing that Judge John Potter was brave enough to spend the next two years proving this case in his courtroom was settled by Lilly in the middle of the trial and then allowed to go to a not guilty verdict. Why? So that Lilly could go on national television bragging that Prozac had been found to be safe and not the cause of this tragic violence.

No one ever knew just how much was paid out on the case, but in one instance Judge Potter found indication of one survivor getting about $50 Million. We do know that it has been reported that during the decade that Mitch Daniels, now the head of Purdue where we recently had another bizarre case of a violent murder by a young man suffering depression, headed Eli Lilly there was a total of ONE BILLION paid out to keep all this controversy about Prozac and violence and suicide quiet.

So here is yet another tragic and senseless death as a result of that silence TWENTY-FIVE years later!!! Although reported as a suicide I say this was NOT suicide! This was murder, premeditated murder! And I will explain why it qualifies as such….

Who is responsible for Maddie’s death and why do I call it a “premeditated” murder?

#1 Eli Lilly, the makers of Prozac, who were told by their own scientists BEFORE Prozac went on the market that the drug itself was actually CAUSING suicide and chose to ignore those warnings and instead chose to blame the suicides on the patient’s “underlying disorder.”

#2 The FDA for issuing the strongest warning possible for increased suicidal ideation for anyone under the age of 25 who takes ANY antidepressant they have ever approved and ANY antidepressant they approve in the future except for Prozac which works like all the rest of them.

#3 The doctor who was stupid enough to give a child this drug when it is in the same family of drugs as all the others with Black Box Warnings for suicide. What is wrong with reading just a little research when a life is at stake – especially a life like Maddie’s that had only just begun?

Everything Maddie lists as her reasons for her death are all commonly reported side effects of antidepressants – the feeling like you are evil or have something evil inside you, cursing and saying hurtful things you do not even remember saying and certainly do not mean to say, and seeing no hope of ever getting better since these drugs only make depression worse, instead of better, because the hypothesis behind the drugs is backwards. Serotonin is NOT low in depression, but elevated. What is low is a person’s ability to metabolize serotonin – exactly what antidepressants are designed to do thus leading to long term worsening of depression.

I repeat, this was premeditated murder and it needs to stop!

I am so sick and tired of seeing these! For 25 years I have spent every penny I had trying to stop it, to get the truth out before more die, but the almighty $$$$ is far too important to those responsible not only for the death of Maddie Yates, but far too many others! How many more are we going to allow them to kill? Yes, I said “allow” because we are condoning these deaths by allowing these drugs to remain on the market and to continue their ridiculous advertising of them.

Maddie Yate’s original story and what she posted online: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tracyclayton/a-high-school-student-committed-suicide-after-posting-a-mess?fb_action_ids=10203407662933182&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/  And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!

 

Louisville Male High School in Louisville, Ky., is mourning the death of student Maddie Yates, who committed suicide after posting a heartbreaking video explaining her decision to YouTube.

Jefferson County Public Schools temporarily shut down student access to Twitter and YouTube after learning of Yates’ passing and the video she made.

She was planning to participate in a fundraising walk to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention in memory of her friend, Brianna Berrier, who also committed suicide almost exactly one year before Yates’ passing.

She was planning to participate in a fundraising walk to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention in memory of her friend, Brianna Berrier , who also committed suicide almost exactly one year before Yates' passing.

Yates and two friends visited Berrier’s grave on April 12, the anniversary of her death, just days before Yates took her own life.

By her social media activities, Yates seemed a bright, happy youth, posting smiling pictures with friends and maintaining a makeup channel on YouTube.

In the above video, she encourages kids to be accepting of others and preaches the importance of staying strong and optimistic.

These videos exist in stark contrast to Yates’ final video, simply entitled “Important,” where she speaks emotionally of her love for others and declares herself “not a good person.”

These videos exist in stark contrast to Yates' final video, simply entitled "Important," where she speaks emotionally of her love for others and declares herself "not a good person."

A still from the final video.

The video is a heart-shattering look into her struggle with depression and anxiety. On her decision to commit suicide, she said, “I just don’t see how this is a bad idea,” and described it as the difference between deciding to jump from a burning building or staying in it and dying “a slow, excruciating death.”

“I’ve been like this for so long,” she said, “and there’s still a chance that the worst day might be coming.”

Yates was a writer, some of her work and biographies hint at her struggles.

Yates was a writer, some of her work and biographies hint at her struggles.

Her Booksie bio contains the Doug Stanhope quote: “Life is like a movie, if you’ve sat through more than half of it and it’s sucked every second so far, it probably isn’t gonna get great right at the end and make it all worthwhile. None should blame you for walking out early.”

In a poem posted to her Teen Ink page called “Falling Asleep,” she envisions herself as a “cold dead body.”

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