BIPOLAR MEDS: Suicide of Aristocrat: England

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He said:  ‘He was a very lovely chap, but had a problem with bipolar disorder. He had hit a low and decided it was enough.”

“‘He’d been ok for years, but recently he’d had a turn for the worse. I think something may have gone wrong with his medication and he decided life wasn’t worth living’.”

Tower block death victim identified as aristocrat
06 August 2009

Milo Douglas
Sanchez Manning

AN ARISTOCRAT whose son leapt to his death from a Paddington tower block has described the depression he suffered from as “a black hole of misery”.

Milo Douglas
Lord Milo Douglas, 34, is believed to have thrown himself off the nine-storey Reading House on the Hallfield council estate last month.

Speaking at the family home in Maida Hill, his father David, the 12th Marquess of Queensberry, told of his son’s ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder – also known as manic depression.

He said: “He was a very lovely chap, but had a problem with bipolar disorder. He had hit a low and decided it was enough.

“He’d been ok for years, but recently he’d had a turn for the worse. I think something may have gone wrong with his medication and he decided life wasn’t worth living.”

The 79-year-old added that his son’s condition was like “another country – a black hole of misery”.

Lord Milo was pronounced dead by paramedics after his lifeless body was discovered in front of Reading House at 6.30am on July 21. His death followed a similar incident at nearby Exeter House a year ago.

His father said he did not have any links to the Hallfield Estate but had gone there with the intention of killing himself.

Despite his recent downward spiral, the Marquess said he had no clue that his son was planning to take his own life.

He revealed that Lord Douglas had left his job as a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger a few months earlier, but said this was because he was looking for a change.

Paying tribute to his son’s good character, he said: “He was the most natural, kind and loving person of all the people I know.

“He was hugely loved and I never heard anyone say a nasty word against him. He was the least malevolent person I ever met.”

Lord Milo attended the private Dauntsey’s School, in Devizes, Wiltshire, before going on to Manchester University to study history. He comes from an extensive family of eight brothers and three sisters and is second in line to the historic title of the Marquess of Queensberry.

His mother Alexa is a former model and was his father’s now estranged second wife.

His lineage dates back to 1637 and his ancestors include the ninth Marquess, John Sholto Douglas, who endorsed the Queensberry Rules of Boxing in the 19th century and famously brought criminal proceedings against Oscar Wilde.

He accused the writer of having an affair with his son, Bosie, Lord Alfred Douglas, a crime for which Wilde was eventually jailed.

The controversy surrounding the family was renewed when it emerged that Lord Milo’s stepsister, Carrie Carey, had married two of Osama Bin Laden’s sons – Salam Bin Laden, who died in an air crash in 1988, and then Khaled Bin Laden.

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10 Year Old Son Committed Suicide while Taking Effexor

“Most doctors don’t even have a clue about this stuff!”

He was 10. Red headed, brown-eyed, full of life and laughter. His doctor spent 10 minutes with him and prescribed Effexor XR….said they would “ramp up” from 37.5 mg to 225 mg at which time his symptoms of ADHD would disappear.

They were RIGHT. Our son took 225 mg for exactly one day. We found him hanging in his closet by the belt of his new bathrobe that same night. Total time on Effexor: 27 days, each ramp up worse than the last in side effects. We were never told by the doctor nor the nurse that this drug could cause suicide or other very serious side effects.

We were never told to watch him closely. All I can say is don’t give this medication to your children unless you have all the facts, have been educated and feel you are making an educated decision for your child. Most doctors don’t even have a clue about this stuff! If I knew then what I know now, he would have NEVER been on Effexor or any other drug.

Please help us fight for complete transparency in the FDA and push for the pharmaceutical companies’ complete disclosure of all studies, both positive and negative. It is the only way we will ever be informed parents. Please do not let my son’s death be only for the pharmaceutical companies’ gain. Be informed or refuse the drug outright.

Be SAFE, your kids are depending on you.
Richardson, TX

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Celexa Cost Me a Year of My Life

“I feel like a foreigner in my own body.”

Two years ago, I noticed that I started getting hand tremors. As time went by, I started having other problems, such as anxiety and forgetfulness. I figured these problems were due to stress, so I decided to see a therapist. The therapist suggested that I see a psychiatrist that she worked with. At first, I found the suggestion, to visit the psychiatrist, as being necessary and excessive, until I found a large, hard bump on my neck, disoriented, and started having speech difficulties.

My first visit to the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist told me she had no clue about what was going on with me. A week later, she claimed that I probably had an anxiety problem, and so she put me on 3 pills of Celexa. I felt the dosage was too high, so I convinced her to lower the dosage to half a pill.

The first time I took the pill, I noticed that I started having difficulties. I reported this to the psychiatrist, and in turn, she told me to increase my dosage from half a pill to a pill and a half. After following her advice, I immediately started having difficulties. In the day, I found myself dazed and confused. I also had difficulties sticking to a topic, communicating with others, a deterioration of my thoughts and my perceptions altered. Other problems I had during the day included forgetfulness, confused order of events, apathy, fatigue, light-headedness, sleepiness( once slept for 20 hrs. straight and other times I have passed out) that interfered with tasks, and depression.

At night was a different story. During the night, I found my heart pounding loudly and rapidly, while my chest and legs were in pain. I felt shocks in my head , and fluttering on the back of my head. Simultaneously, I felt electrical shock-like impulse go through my legs. The shock was so potent that I could feel my legs being lifted from my bed and falling back down.

Eventually it got to a point that my period was altered. I immediately notified the psychiatrist ( I notified her a number of times in the past) and told her that I need to get off the drug. She told me to get off the drug immediately. I followed her advice and stopped the drug immediately. One night, I felt this inundation of negative ideas, and I felt my body getting tense. The next thing I know, something in my head goes off. Simultaneously, my eyes opened up( I was unaware that my eyes were going to open up), and I felt this shock radiating from the back of my neck down to my toes. A moment later, I found myself unable to move (I literally was unable to control the movement of my body, except for my neck, for three days).

After this incident, I dealt with a myriad of different problems. When I got off the drug, I noticed that everything that I was dealing with while on the medication, exacerbated after the medication. I also encountered new problems, such as personality change, insomnia (once I was unable to sleep for 2 weeks), ringing in the ears, dizziness, incontinence, disorient( unable to recognize people or places), ambivalent feelings of stupor and intense energy, inability to learn new information, difficulties writing and thinking about abstract concepts, talking difficulty ( synthesizing words into sentences and slurring), difficulties telling the difference b/w shapes, inability to rationalize or slow thinking (I was unable to figure out how to open a door, diurnal headaches (that wake me up from my sleep or occur intermittently during the day) and recurrent muscle spasms.

As a result of these problems, I took more than a year off. My state has improved dramatically ( in part because of the simple writing (including vocab.) and mathematics exercises); however, I can’t comprehend why this all happened. I also can’t understand why I am unable to remember my past, previous to this event. It really pains me to look at albums and not be able to recall the past. I feel like a foreigner in my own body. My life has changed so drastically. What should I do?


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Seroxat Withdrawal

“I would like to sue the makers of Seroxat for the terrible experience, pain and suffering I went through.”

I was put on this drug a few years ago for panic attacks and mild depression. After 12 months I tried to come off it and it was the worst experience of my whole life. For months I felt unwell, sick, dizzy, shaky, depressed (worse than ever before) and eventually I had to be given it in liquid form and reduce by tiny , tiny amounts each week. It took ages to get off it and when I did I felt suicidal. I had to be put onto another anti- depressant a couple of months later as I was so depressed. I have been told I will have to take Sertraline for the rest of my life. I would like to sue the makers of Seroxat for the terrible experience, pain and suffering I went through. I do not have a clue how to go about doing this. I am willing for my experiences to be shared with other people as a warning not to take these drugs if possible. If they can find another way through mild depression they should seek help. However, without Sertraline I become extremely depressed now and I don’t know if its due to side effects of Seroxat affecting my serotonin levels or whether I was really depressed.

J. Kendall


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