Our thanks to Elsebeth Halkendorff for sharing this great feature presentation with us! Although much of it is in Danish and German, much is also in English and features many US and Canadian cases including David Crespi, Kevin McShane and Chris Shannahan. They have done an EXCELLENT job of covering this issue! I just wish I understood both Danish and German to get the parts I missed!
This is the first time I have ever seen Chris Shannahan and his mother and sister even though I have worked with them since this tragedy happened in the mid 90’s in order to help them understand the effects of Paxil upon Chris which caused him to kill a woman out of the blue in the tiny little town of Rigby, Idaho.
I will never forget the first letter I got from Chris after he found a copy of my book Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? in his legal paperwork that I had sent to his attorney telling him he needed to use the evidence in Chris’ defense (which he obviously had not done or this young man would not have had to ask me that question!). Poor Chris was only about 15 when he wrote to me and he wanted to know if I thought the Paxil may have been what caused him to do something like this because he said he was Christian and this was so against his nature!
My heart broke for him! A child should not have to be going through something like this nor working to figure out something like this at such a young age!!!
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. And 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! You can find the CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/
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!”
About the Author: Ann Blake Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? –OUR SEROTONIN NIGHTMARE!, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and has testified as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications since 1992.
BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Both available at www.drugawareness.org
“Very bold & informative”
“Priceless information that is giving me back to me”
“The absolute best reference for antidepressant drugs”
“Well documented & scientifically researched”
““I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”
WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:
“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber
“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambien. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill
“I’m so thankful for AnnTracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck