ANTIDEPRESSANT: Possible Suicide – Famous Singer Dies in Fall: Malaysia

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “‘It might also
be due to the effects of her medication,he said.
‘She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own
life’.”

SSRI Stories note: There is a second article following this first
article which states that this beautiful, famous singer had been taking

medication for depression right before her death.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20090908-166298.html

Dead Malaysian singer wanted to quit

BUKIT MERTAJAM,
MALAYSIA: Singer Loh Guik Hong, who was found dead at the foot of a condominium
block in Gurney Drive on Saturday, had planned to retire but put it off
following pleas from her fans.

A close friend of Loh told newsmen
yesterday that the singer was sick of the nightlife after being in the business
for over 10 years.

“One year ago, she had to undergo a knee operation
after consuming slimming pills and began thinking of retiring,” he said
yesterday at Loh’s family home in Kampung Berapit.

“However, her
diehard fans were strongly against it.”

Loh was cremated at the Berapit
Cremato-rium here at about noon yesterday after some 150 relatives and friends
paid their last respects. A Taoist priest conducted the final rites.

The
friend said Loh planned to start her own business. He also said Loh suffered
from insomnia, adding that she had been in depression for three years, but only
sought medical treatment a year ago.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the family
allowed reporters to take pictures but did not speak to them.

Among those
at the funeral was Loh’s godsister, Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lived with Loh at the
Gurney Drive condominium. She was seen holding Loh’s pet dog, Yuki.

Loh,
39, who was fondly known by her fans as Xue Liang (Snow Bright), is believed to
have fallen from the 12th floor of the condominium block at about 7.15am. A
post-mortem showed traces of alcohol in her stomach. Police ruled out foul play
and classified the case as sudden death.

Meanwhile, a relative said Loh
wore an eye mask to sleep, which could have been mistaken for a surgical mask as
reported in newspapers.

He also clarified that Loh was in a sleeping gown
when she fell but the gown had torn, adding that Loh used to stand at the
balcony and smoke. The family believed that she might have slipped and
fell.

“It might also be due to the effects of her medication,” he said.
“She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life.”

He
also described her as a filial daughter who visited her parents every week and
never forgot to call her family regularly.


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Paragraph
four reads:  “Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit,
said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed
after taking medication for depression.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/6/nation/4662622&sec=nation

Sunday September 6, 2009

Singer falls to her death – in panties and mask

By ANN TAN and M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA

GEORGE TOWN: A
singer was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive here,
clad only in her panties, her pyjama top, which was lifted, and wearing a
surgical mask.

Loh Guik Hong, 39, who was popularly called Xue Liang
(Snow Bright) by her fans, was believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of
the building at about 7.15am Saturday.

It is learnt that she suffered
from depression and had previously attempted to commit suicide.

Loh’s
godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned
home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for
depression.

“I knocked on her room at 9am this morning (yesterday) but
there was no answer. When I opened the door I found the room empty,” she said,
adding that she only found out about Loh’s death when she went down to
check.

A post-mortem report showed Loh had serious head and body
injuries.

There were traces of alcohol in her stomach.

Loh, who
works in a coffee shop along Gurney Drive, was said to be good in belting out
Chinese and English songs and has been a singer for 15 years.

People who
knew her said that a group of die-hard fans would come to the coffee shop to
show their support every night.

A person in-charge at the coffee shop
said Loh had performed on Friday night and was supposed to sing again
yesterday.

Deputy state CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said the post-mortem
report said Loh had died from a fall.

“She was in her pyjama top and was
not wearing a bra,” he said, adding that he did not know why she was wearing a
face mask.

“We have ruled out foul play for the moment,” he
said.

Meanwhile, the casket bearing Loh’s body arrived at her family’s
home in Kampung Berapit, Bukit Mertajam at about 5.30pm.

Her father Loh
Chew Seng, 78, was heard telling some neighbours that anak saya sudah
mati
(my daughter had died).

The family members distributed “horse
race” calendars featuring photographs of Loh to reporters at the
scene.

It is learnt that the body will be cremated
tomorrow.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Famous Singer Dies: Malaysia

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “‘It might also be due to the effects of her medication,he said.  ‘She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life’.”

SSRI Stories note: There is a second article following this first article which states that this beautiful, famous singerhad been taking medication for depression right before her death.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20090908-166298.html

Dead Malaysian singer wanted to quit

BUKIT MERTAJAM, MALAYSIASinger Loh Guik Hong, who was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive on Saturday, had planned to retire but put it off following pleas from her fans.

A close friend of Loh told newsmen yesterday that the singer was sick of the nightlife after being in the business for over 10 years.

“One year ago, she had to undergo a knee operation after consuming slimming pills and began thinking of retiring,” he said yesterday at Loh’s family home in Kampung Berapit.

“However, her diehard fans were strongly against it.”

Loh was cremated at the Berapit Cremato-rium here at about noon yesterday after some 150 relatives and friends paid their last respects. A Taoist priest conducted the final rites.

The friend said Loh planned to start her own business. He also said Loh suffered from insomnia, adding that she had been in depression for three years, but only sought medical treatment a year ago.

At yesterday’s ceremony, the family allowed reporters to take pictures but did not speak to them.

Among those at the funeral was Loh’s godsister, Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lived with Loh at the Gurney Drive condominium. She was seen holding Loh’s pet dog, Yuki.

Loh, 39, who was fondly known by her fans as Xue Liang (Snow Bright), is believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of the condominium block at about 7.15am. A post-mortem showed traces of alcohol in her stomach. Police ruled out foul play and classified the case as sudden death.

Meanwhile, a relative said Loh wore an eye mask to sleep, which could have been mistaken for a surgical mask as reported in newspapers.

He also clarified that Loh was in a sleeping gown when she fell but the gown had torn, adding that Loh used to stand at the balcony and smoke. The family believed that she might have slipped and fell.

“It might also be due to the effects of her medication,” he said. “She is an optimistic iron lady and couldn’t have taken her own life.”

He also described her as a filial daughter who visited her parents every week and never forgot to call her family regularly.
———————————————————-
Paragraph four reads:  “Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for depression.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/6/nation/4662622&sec=nation

Sunday September 6, 2009

Singer falls to her death – in panties and mask

By ANN TAN and M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA

GEORGE TOWN: A singer was found dead at the foot of a condominium block in Gurney Drive here, clad only in her panties, her pyjama top, which was lifted, and wearing a surgical mask.

Loh Guik Hong, 39, who was popularly called Xue Liang (Snow Bright) by her fans, was believed to have fallen from the 12th floor of the building at about 7.15am Saturday.

It is learnt that she suffered from depression and had previously attempted to commit suicide.

Loh’s godsister Lim Hui Ting, 26, who lives in the same unit, said the singer returned home from work at 2am and headed straight to bed after taking medication for depression.

“I knocked on her room at 9am this morning (yesterday) but there was no answer. When I opened the door I found the room empty,” she said, adding that she only found out about Loh’s death when she went down to check.

A post-mortem report showed Loh had serious head and body injuries.

There were traces of alcohol in her stomach.

Loh, who works in a coffee shop along Gurney Drive, was said to be good in belting out Chinese and English songs and has been a singer for 15 years.

People who knew her said that a group of die-hard fans would come to the coffee shop to show their support every night.

A person in-charge at the coffee shop said Loh had performed on Friday night and was supposed to sing again yesterday.

Deputy state CID chief Supt Nashir Ya said the post-mortem report said Loh had died from a fall.

“She was in her pyjama top and was not wearing a bra,” he said, adding that he did not know why she was wearing a face mask.

“We have ruled out foul play for the moment,” he said.

Meanwhile, the casket bearing Loh’s body arrived at her family’s home in Kampung Berapit, Bukit Mertajam at about 5.30pm.

Her father Loh Chew Seng, 78, was heard telling some neighbours that anak saya sudah mati (my daughter had died).

The family members distributed “horse race” calendars featuring photographs of Loh to reporters at the scene.

It is learnt that the body will be cremated tomorrow.

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SSRI: 100-500% Increased Risk of Heart Birth Defects If Taken In Early Pregnancy

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org): This new study SHOULD stop the Mother’s Act dead in its tracks! The Mother’s Act is designed to medicate pregnant and nursing mothers for depression and we know what they medicate them with – these drugs that they have just shown amazingly damaging effects upon the heart of the fetus!

ANY YOUNG WOMAN WHO INTENDS TO HAVE A FAMILY SHOULD BE WARNED OF THIS POSSIBILITY OF SERIOUS LIFE THREATING BIRTH DEFECTS IN HER OFFSPRING BEFORE EVER BEING STARTED ON AN SSRI ANTIDEPRESSANT!! Marketing these drugs to this age group should be considered criminal when you look at what this study shows to be the risks to the children born to these mothers.

And if you think this does not affect you, think again. You need to see what these children go through (if they survived their mother’s use of these drugs) throughout their lives due to their mother’s use of these drugs! Who do you think ends up paying the bills for the numerous reconstructive surgeries, the lifetime of medications and medical treatment? We do. All of us in higher insurance rates, disability payments, etc., etc., etc.

PLEASE CAREFULLY EXAMINE THE FOLLOWING RESULTS OF THIS STUDY AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!! Doing so may spare at least one baby from this horror.

Here is just one small example: http://bigpharmavictim.blogspot.com Manie’s mother was given Paxil and assured it would be okay as so many mothers are told. Her infant son, Manie, was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries and had to have open heart surgery when he was only 8 days old. The surgery lasted 12 hours.
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Paragraph one reads: “If you take antidepressants such as fluoxetine (marketed as Prozac) early in your pregnancy, you may be doubling the risk that your newborn will be born with a heart defect, according to a new study.”

Paragraph four reads: “Along with fluoxetine, sertraline (marketed as Zoloft) and citalopram (marketed as Celexa) seemed to increase the risk more than others, as did using more than one antidepressant at a time, according to the report in the September 25th Online First issue of BMJ.”

Paragraph six reads: “Sertraline [Zoloft] more than tripled the risk, while citalopram [Celexa] more than doubled it. Using more than one SSRI nearly quintupled the risk of the heart defect.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE58O39F20090925

Antidepressants in pregnancy up heart defect risk
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By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – If you take antidepressants such as fluoxetine (marketed as Prozac) early in your pregnancy, you may be doubling the risk that your newborn will be born with a heart defect, according to a new study.

However, the vast majority of children born to women who take such antidepressants – known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – do not have such defects, the researchers are quick to note.

Earlier studies have tied SSRIs during pregnancy to heart defects, but also to even more serious birth defects. According to the new study of nearly half a million children born in Denmark between 1996 and 2003, however, only heart defects are likely to be associated with the antidepressants, note co-author Dr. Lars Henning Pedersen, from Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues.

Along with fluoxetine, sertraline (marketed as Zoloft) and citalopram (marketed as Celexa) seemed to increase the risk more than others, as did using more than one antidepressant at a time, according to the report in the September 25th Online First issue of BMJ.

Overall, SSRI use in early pregnancy, defined as 28 days before to 112 days after conception, doubled the risk of a particular kind of heart defect involving a piece of tissue that separates parts of the heart.

Sertraline more than tripled the risk, while citalopram more than doubled it. Using more than one SSRI nearly quintupled the risk of the heart defect.

However, the number of children born with such defects was still quite small: For about every 250 pregnant women who did not take SSRIs, one infant was born with the defect, while about two were born with the defect for every 250 women who took one SSRI, and four for every 200 mothers who took more than one.

Pedersen told Reuters Health that the results surprised the team.

Still, in an accompanying editorial, Dr. Christina Chambers, from the University of California, San Diego, comments that doctors and patients “need to balance the small risks associated with SSRIs against those associated with undertreatment or no treatment.”

SOURCE: BMJ, online September 25, 2009.

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Awake for 800 Hours Straight and Unable to Function after just 25mg of Paxil

“Did I undergo a ‘chemical lobotomy?'”

 

In January of 2000 I fell into a deep depression over complications following laser eye surgery.

[Note from Dr. Tracy: Keep in mind that many go into depression after surgery as an after effect of anesthesia and/or pain killers – many of which are also serotonergic medications. The logical thing to do in this instance is to rest, get good nutrition and wait out the after/withdrawal effects rather than adding yet another serotonergic drug as is done so often.

I had no family locally, and was calling them daily for support. I became unable to focus at work, so they urged me to get medical treatment. I asked my psychotherapist for a reference; he sent me to a family practice MD. That is when things went from bad to worse.

I had no psychiatric history prior to this and had always been a healthy, physically active (a real athlete), artistic (songwriter), productive individual. I am a software engineer, and so I also had a mentally demanding job which I excelled at. That all changed after taking Paxil, which this MD gave me after only a 5 minute consultation (he had never seen me before). Unfortunately I was a nervous wreck at that point, and did not ask any questions. He did little more than read from the “starter kit” literature:

“Paxil – indicated for depression, indicated for OCD…”. If it had been Prozac the alarm bells may have gone off, but I had never heard of ‘Paxil’ and was desperate for help. I left with the twenty-one day starter kit.

I took the first 10 mg pill on a Friday, and only took 25mg (2.5 tablets) of Paxil over the next four days. But this seemingly innocuous amount made my life hell. I could no longer sleep, EVEN A MINUTE, for five weeks! That’s correct, I was up 24hrs a day for the next five weeks, staring at the ceiling and locked in a mental fog around the clock. I emphasize this because it is so amazing. I would not have believed that it was humanly possible to go that long without sleep, but I lived through it. It would be five weeks before my eyes would close again.

I should have known I was in trouble when the first pill started the insomnia, made me hop around like a rabbit, while the second 10mg pill gave me the sensation of my frontal lobe being set on fire. It sent me into a drug trip, fantasizing about my death constantly. I didn’t seem to have control of my thoughts either, as my mental processes seized up like gears that haven’t been oiled. My drug sensitivity probably made me very vulnerable to adverse effects. But my very pure organic diet should have helped to counter the adverse effects. I had eliminated all caffeine from my diet years ago due to this chemical sensitivity. It also took much longer than normal to awake from anesthesia after any surgery, and my natural energy level was always very high.

Because of being trapped in this zombie-like state, I was having suicidal urges for the first time in my life. Also, I tried to work, but I would just come in to the office, sit for a few minutes in front of the monitor and then turn around and leave. I couldn’t initiate and complete anything even of moderate mental complexity, even responding to e-mails, so it was hopeless. Thoughts would just fizzle out.

How to escape this living hell? After day four my feeling was “I have to get these things out of my system!”. So I took nothing else (although the MD said “cut it back to half a tablet”). Every day I was desperately wanting to fall asleep, even for a few minutes, but it just wouldn’t happen. When would the Paxil leave my system — what was happening? As the sleepless days progressed, I got foggier and foggier, finally to the point that even dialing a phone number became a mental feat.

This downward spiral progressed for the full five weeks, until my parents came to get me. I was no longer eating, no longer leaving the apartment for anything, and was simply wasting away. So, five weeks after quitting cold turkey and getting zero sleep in that time, I was admitted to a hospital as I was unable to function.

In the psychiatric ward I was given Zyprexa, Klonopin and Depakote, having been diagnosed there as manic (who wouldn’t be after being up day and night for five weeks?). This was a misdiagnosis, I believe, and more drugs in my system just fanned the fire. I was able to finally get 2-3 hours of sleep a night, but I found that a drug induced sleep is not a restful, refreshing sleep.

I then went home to stay with my parents as I was unable to care for myself for the first time in my life (I am 36). A psychiatrist in my parents hometown kept me on these three medications for another week until he switched to Effexor for a week, followed by Neurontin for several weeks, and then he added Zoloft in mid-March. I was reluctant, but my well-meaning parents were completely trusting and would not let me skip any prescribed medication as I was still suicidal. I took just one 50mg dose of Zoloft and I immediately “locked up again” mentally as before. The insomnia resumed, too. I begged my parents to take me to see someone else. Unfortunately this guy was the only psychiatrist in a 50 mile radius, but we persisted and found someone an hour away.

This MD was the first medical professional to actually acknowledge that the psychotropics made me suffer. She recommended that I have nothing else, and return to an organic diet (which I had been on since 1990!). She gave me dietary guidelines for depression, most of which I had been following already. It took less time to get back to sleeping at night after the Zoloft (was my body building a tolerance?), but after a week or so I was sleeping 3-4 hrs. a night.

It is now July and I have had no medication since. Yet, I have a foggy feeling still, my memory is not as sharp, and my abstract reasoning/problem solving ability is compromised. I feel a vague numbness in my forehead also, similar to a mild hangover, a lingering reminder of the near catatonic state I was in originally. Nothing is the same, nothing is as sharp or clear or enjoyable as it was before. Dr. Joseph Glenmullen’s book “Prozac Backlash” has given me some insight into what may have happened to me. Did I undergo a ‘chemical lobotomy’ and lose axons or other brain tissue? It is a scary thought. But I have learned some things.

I now know that the chance of a doctor completely informing you is slim. He may not even be withholding information: He just may not know himself of all of the possible side affects. I also know that there is no “standard dosage” that is safe for everybody. If you are drug sensitive, perhaps it is better to start with a half a tablet of a new medication than to risk an extreme reaction as I did? Or, better still, to avoid drugs at all costs… to be used only as a last resort.

Good health to you all.

Bruce

7/25/2000

This is Survivor Story number 16.
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