DEPRESSION MED: Suicide: 14 year old girl: Ohio

Paragraphs 13 and 14 read: “After his daughter’s death, Weidlich went through a long bewildering search into why it happened.”

“She’d been on medication and in therapy for depression, but seemed to be responding.”

Speaker confronts teen suicide, depression
By LINDA MARTZ • News Journal • July 29, 2009

MANSFIELD — James Weidlich is finally comfortable telling strangers about his daughter’s suicide.Advertisement

The family discovered 14-year-old Savannah after she hung herself at home July 15, 2004, after battles with depression.

Weidlich, who once ran a landscaping and contracting business, says this year he committed to a full-time mission to open up public discussion of suicide.

It’s a topic many people find difficult to address, but Weidlich argues people should talk about it. “The cost of promoting the human comfort level is that people are dying,” he said.

“There is a huge amount of secrecy and denial. We have done a really good job of scaring people out of talking about their own mental health,” he said.

Weidlich, of Cambridge, brought his Families on Fire Mental Health Reality Crusade to Citichurch last week.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he’ll offer free public talks at the Quality Inn on Ohio 97, near Bellville.

Weidlich described his daughter as a good kid and an athlete. “My daughter had a very inspiring personality and a sense of humor. Yet she had an illness that took her life.”

Young people come under tremendous pressure, he said. “It is a war zone for children, in our schools, on our playgrounds, in our streets.”

Weidlich believes adults must take responsibility for spotting the signs a young person is contemplating suicide. He also believes adults must take action.

“I never want a parent to say, ‘Just get over it’ or ‘I went through the same thing you’re going through, and I got over it. Just toughen up,’ ” he said.

Severe depression is a physical illness, like diabetes or heart disease, he said. It should be discussed openly and swiftly treated.

After his daughter’s death, Weidlich went through a long bewildering search into why it happened.

She’d been on medication and in therapy for depression, but seemed to be responding.

Weidlich, a single father, eventually found clues that indicated Savannah hadn’t been doing as well as he thought. He doesn’t want others to miss signs or ignore reality.

“That moment, on that night, in our house, is something that you do not want to experience,” he said.

Now, from a “Families on Fire” camper, he spreads his message. He strikes up conversations about suicide in coffee shops and churches statewide. Making ends meet is difficult given his mission, but he’s sticking to it.

“Depression-related suicide is the number one killer of our children. You absolutely have no excuse not to come and learn something.”


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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Mother Kills Daughter’s Rapist: Spain

First paragraph reads: “A MUM who killed her daughter’s rapist by throwing petrol over him and setting him alight has been jailed for nine years. Maria del Carmen Garcia Espinosa’s daughter Veronica was raped by a man from their home town, Benejuzar, in 1998 when she was just 13. Veronica’s mother has been in counselling and on anti-depressants ever since. But in June 2005, the rapist was on weekend leave from prison, where he was serving a nine-year sentence, and Maria del Carmen saw him in the family’s local bar.”

Thu, 30 July 16:33 2009

Jail for mum who killed her daughter’s rapist


The deceased ‘provoked and intimidated’ the mother, who had been depressed since the rape

A MUM who killed her daughter’s rapist by throwing petrol over him and setting him alight has been jailed for nine years. Maria del Carmen Garcia Espinosa’s daughter Veronica was raped by a man from their home town, Benejuzar, in 1998 when she was just 13. Veronica’s mother has been in counselling and on anti-depressants ever since. But in June 2005, the rapist was on weekend leave from prison, where he was serving a nine-year sentence, and Maria del Carmen saw him in the family’s local bar.

The bar was next to the stop where Veronica caught her bus every day, leading her mother to believe his presence in the area was aimed at provoking and intimidating the family. Antonio Velasco is said to have approached Maria del Carmen and asked her how her daughter was in order to scare her. A distraught Maria del Carmen returned home and fetched a vat of petrol, a court heard. She then went back to the bar where she doused her daughter’s rapist in fuel and set him alight.

The woman was then found hours later in Alicante ‘in a disoriented state’, police say. Meanwhile, the man died in Valencia’s La Fe hospital from third-degree burns affecting 60 per cent of his body. Family members of the arrested woman say the deceased’s relatives had sold their assets to avoid having to pay compensation owed to Veronica, now 24. But Veronica’s mother has now been ordered to pay them 140,000 euros. She has also been sentenced to nine years in prison.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Police Officer Dead: Shooter Dies Also: shooter was o…

Headline reads:
Coroner: “Shooter was prescribed antidepressants.”
Paragraph four reads: “The shooting left Sgt. David Kinterknecht dead, along with the suspect, Dennis Gurney, who lived at the home.”

Injured officers face lengthy recovery

Coroner: Shooter was prescribed antidepressants

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By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Daily Press Senior Writer
Published/Last Modified on Thursday, July 30, 2009 4:11 AM MDT

MONTROSE ­ Two officers shot Saturday can expect an extensive recovery process, the chief of police said.

Montrose Police officers Larry Witte and Rodney Ragsdale were hit in the legs with shotgun blasts while responding to a domestic violence call in the Cobble Creek area.

“I think it’s going to be weeks to months before we see them back to work,” Police Chief Tom Chinn said.

The shooting left Sgt. David Kinterknecht dead, along with the suspect, Dennis Gurney, who lived at the home.

Witte was released from Montrose Memorial Hospital Tuesday, to a hero’s welcome from other officers. Ragsdale’s release from St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction was expected today, Chinn said.

He said both men will need extensive rehab.


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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: 52% of Women Who Committed Suicide in 2006 Were taking a…

Paragraph three reads: “We first looked at antidepressant prescriptions. Of the 776 Scandinavian men in the sample, 259 (32%) (age-adjusted 95% confidence interval [CI]=28.5–35.2) filled a prescription for antidepressants in the 180 days before death. The corresponding figures were 176 of the 333 Scandinavian women in the sample (52%) (CI=46.7–57.5), 32 of the 102 foreign-born men (31%) (CI=21.6–39.5), and 21 of the 44 foreign-born women (43%) (CI=28.7–58.1).”

Psychiatr Serv 59:116-a-117, January 2008
doi: 10.1176/
© 2008 American Psychiatric Association


Ethnic Differences in Antidepressant Treatment Preceding Suicide in Sweden
To the Editor: In the October 2007 issue Ray and colleagues (1) observed that the odds of receiving treatments for mood disorders in the year preceding suicide were lower for African Americans. The study of racial-ethnic differences in drug utilization among individuals with severe mood disorders is important. We analyzed whether similar undertreatment is present in Sweden, a country of nine million inhabitants. However, because Sweden has a different racial-ethnic composition than the United States, we analyzed country of birth instead of race.

We analyzed all suicides and deaths from undetermined intent among persons aged 18 to 84 in 2006 (N=1,255, or about 95% of all suicides). We examined use of prescription drugs in the 180 days before death. Persons born in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, representing the Scandinavian countries, were compared with persons born in all other countries.

We first looked at antidepressant prescriptions. Of the 776 Scandinavian men in the sample, 259 (32%) (age-adjusted 95% confidence interval [CI]=28.5–35.2) filled a prescription for antidepressants in the 180 days before death. The corresponding figures were 176 of the 333 Scandinavian women in the sample (52%) (CI=46.7–57.5), 32 of the 102 foreign-born men (31%) (CI=21.6–39.5), and 21 of the 44 foreign-born women (43%) (CI=28.7–58.1).

We also examined use of antipsychotic drugs. Among Scandinavian men, 100 (13%) (CI=10.1–14.5) filled a prescription for an antipsychotic in the 180 days before death. The corresponding figures were 81 of the Scandinavian women (24%) (CI=19.5–28.9), 19 of the foreign-born men (18%) (10.7–25.4), and 16 of the foreign-born women (32%) (CI=19.8–44.6). Use of lithium was 2% or less in all groups.

As a comparison we analyzed use of these drugs among persons aged 18 to 84 years in the Swedish population in 2006 by country of birth. Among Scandinavian men, 6.1% (CI=6.05–6.10) had at least one filled prescription for an antidepressant. The corresponding figure for foreign-born men was 6.5% (CI=6.43–6.59). Among Scandinavian women the figure was 11.7% (CI=11.68–11.76), compared with 11.1% (CI=11.02–11.20) for foreign-born women. We did not analyze differences in inpatient or outpatient admission before suicide, although we have previously commented on postdischarge suicides in Sweden (2).

We have some minor concerns about the study by Ray and colleagues (1). Data used in that study represented suicides in different periods­1986 to 2004. Over those years, at least in Sweden, policies in regard to inpatient care changed. We also suspect that use of antidepressants increased substantially in the United States since the early 1990s as a result of the introduction of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The increase in use of SSRIs in Sweden was sixfold between 1990 and 2004. In the study by Ray and colleagues, the mean age of African Americans who committed suicide was also nearly ten years lower than that of whites, which may indicate socioeconomic or other differences in the underlying white and African-American populations from which the samples were drawn.

Although one might suspect relative undertreatment of psychiatric disorders in the non-Scandinavian population in Sweden, it could not be verified by our analyses because we studied only drug utilization without knowledge of the underlying disease prevalence. However, the rates of prescription were similar for Scandinavians and foreign-born persons in our sample who filled a prescription for an antidepressant in the months before they committed suicide­and who therefore could be said to have been suffering from a severe mood disorder. This, together with the observed similar rates of prescription in the general population, could indicate equal access to drug treatment. The study by Ray and colleagues highlights an important issue in research on socioeconomic inequalities in care. Racial-ethnic differences in the use of medications may result from differences in religious and cultural beliefs that can affect both health-seeking behavior and attitudes toward suicide.

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Report: Overdose of prescription drugs may have killed Michael Jackson

Thu, Jun. 25, 2009

Life & Style reports that Michael Jackson
was taking a cocktail of up to seven prescription drugs in the months
before his death.

The star had been taking prescription painkillers including
anti-anxiety drugs Xanax, Zoloft (SSRI Antidepressant) and painkiller Demerol in recent
months, sources close to Jackson told Life & Style. The insider
close to the star said he took a suspected overdose of drugs on
Thursday morning, which caused respiratory and cardiac arrest.

And a Jackson family lawyer told CNN he “feared” the drugs
could kill the pop star. CNN’s interview with the source follows the

family lawyer Brian Oxman confirmed Jackson may have had trouble with
prescription drugs as he prepared for his London show.

“This was something which I feared and something which I warned about,”
Oxman said on CNN. “I can tell you for sure that this is something I
warned about. Where there is smoke there is fire.”

Mr Oxman compared Michael to Anna Nicole Smith, alleging that Michael had ‘enablers’ just like her.

CNN details Jackson’s long history of medical problems here.
a news conference, brother Jermaine Jackson said doctors and family
tried “for an hour” to resuscitate the performer. TMZ’s video of the
conference is here.

Meanwhile, Hollyscoop reports that doctors visited Jackson “daily.” THe site’s latest update:

While news of Michael Jackson’s death came as a shock to many, inside
sources tell Hollyscoop exclusively that the King of Pop “had doctors
visiting him daily.”

Michael went into cardiac arrest Thursday afternoon and was rushed to
UCLA Medical Center around 1pm. His personal physician was with him at
the time and accompanied him to the hospital.

At approximately 1:14pm when he arrived at the hospital, doctors and
emergency personnel performed CPR and tried to resuscitate him, but
were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 2:26pm.

The cause of his death is still unknown, but an autopsy is scheduled
for this coming Friday afternoon. Michael was transferred from UCLA
Medical Center to the coroner’s office via a Los Angeles Sheriff’s
helicopter shortly after 6pm.

Posted on Thu, Jun. 25, 2009 08:41 PM

Jackson family spokesman Brian Oxman reacts to the news of
Michael Jackson’s death. He says he is “stunned” and adds that he
warned the family that prescription drug abuse might have contributed
to his death.

“If you think the case with Anna Nicole Smith was
an abuse, it’s nothing in comparison to what we have seen taking place
in Michael Jackson’s life.”

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Michael Moore – Reveals the real cause of Columbine.

Michael Moore obtained a copy of Ann Blake-Tracy’s book, “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare” at the premier of “Bowling for Columbine” in Denver, CO. After learning more about these drugs, see his statement from the movie he recently appeared in with Ann Blake-Tracy, Mark Taylor, Neal Bush, and others in the Gary Null production “The Drugging of our Children” Full Video… OTHER SCHOOL SHOOTINGS go to.

Michael Moore obtained a copy of Ann Blake-Tracy’s book,

“Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightamre”

at the premier of “bowling for Columbine” in Denver, CO.

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Columbine Anniversary Brings Columbine & Red Lake Together

Monday, 20 April 2009

Columbine Anniversary Brings Columbine & Red
Lake Together
DATE: APRIL 20, 2009
TIME: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Place: Clement Park, Littleton,
Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
– Joint statement from the family of a Columbine victim & the family of
the Red Lake, MN school shooter – total dead 25, total wounded 31
– FDA testimony of Columbine shooting victim Mark Allen Taylor
– Statement by Michael Moore about the cause of Columbine after making
the movie, “Bowling for Columbine”
– New Medical Article Linking Antidepressants to Murder/Suicide in
the Spring Issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
Donna Taylor: Mother of Mark Taylor, the first boy shot at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 as Eric and Dylan, on their way into the school, shot at those gathered to discuss scriptures outside. Eric Harris shot Mark 6 – 13 times with 9mil bullets. Mark survived earning himself the title of “The Columbine Miracle Boy.”
Tammy Lussier: Daughter of Officer Daryl (Dash) Lussier of the Red Lake Police Department and aunt to Jeff Weise who shot and killed Tammy’s father, his own grandfather, and eight others before taking his own life with his grandfather’s police firearm.
Our Message: Here we are together at the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School. So, why would a family member of a school shooting victim and a family member of a school shooter come together? We want the world to know that antidepressants cause violence with the most popular antidepressant on the market today listing “homicidal ideation” as a potential side effect.
Many shot at Columbine have learned to do is to forgive Eric Harris and Dylan Kleebold for doing what they did to them. We have just celebrated the glorious Easter season filled with the reassurance that through the mission of Jesus Christ we can overcome death and live again. As we remember Columbine we feel it is crucial to recall
that as Christ hung on the cross He plead with His Father in Heaven for those who were in the process of taking His life from Him “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” In forgiving Eric and Dylan we believe that we are forgiving them for the same reason Christ asked for those taking his own life to be forgiven – they did not
know what they were doing April 20, 1999 when they took 15 lives, including their own, and injured 24 more.
Although USA Today attempted to rewrite history this past week and erroneously reported that the Columbine shooters were not on antidepressants we are here to remind the world that Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Whether Eric was sharing his meds with Dylan, which is far too common with kids, or was on his own prescription we will never know as his records were sealed. In the Red Lake school shooting Jeff Weise was taking
the antidepressant Prozac. Our statement today is that minus antidepressantswe feel sure that the shootings at Columbine High School and Red Lake, MN High School would never have happened and neither would the
majority of the other school shootings and workplace violence shootings (see for a long list of documented cases).
Antidepressants push the user into a dream state leaving one to act out nightmares. Columbine was a nightmare acted out by Eric Harris and Dylan Kleebold, just as Red Lake was a nightmare acted out by Jeff Weise which took another 10 lives and injured 7 more. We do not believe they were conscious and coherent enough to fully understand what they were doing because of the adverse effects of antidepressants.
Over the past two years Donna has watched her son Mark go from a normal boy to someone she does no longer recognize because he was given two short bouts of similar drugs given to Eric Harris. Now Mark is living and
experiencing firsthand similar adverse reactions to what Eric was when he shot Mark. How ironic and tragic!
See Mark’s powerful statement below given before the FDA about these drugs that have now robbed him of who he is or was. [UPDATE: Please see the following video to see what has happened to Mark since this press release: ]
If we want the shootings of Columbine and Red Lake to end we MUST learn the truth about the potential dangers of antidepressant medications.

Mark Taylor’s testimony before the FDA

I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day.

They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still recuperating.

I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who take them.

I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or die horrible deaths as a result.

As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to
be our biggest terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public?

How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at Columbine?

You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric Harris before he shot me?

According to Eric they “helped” him to feel homicidal and suicidal after only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold turkey would help him “fuel the rage” he needed to shoot everyone. But he continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.

So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will tell you why. It is because they do not work!

We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder.


To listen to Michael Moore’s statement about the cause of the Columbine tragedy after making the movie “Bowling for Columbine” – go to


“Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibior [SSRI]
Drugs: More Risks Than Benefits?”

Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons: Volume 14: number 1: Spring 2009, there is an article by Joel M. Kauffman, Ph.D., [Professor of chemistry emeritus at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pa.]
In regard to the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, the study reads on page 10: “The International Coalition for Drug Awareness in cooperation with the Prozac Survivors Support Group has produced a website on which about 1,600 [now 3,000] violent incidents associated with SSRI use are described (”
In regard to SSRI Stories documenting the link between thousands of cases of multiple murder/suicides and antidepressants, Dr. Kaufmann made the following statement on page 10: “Since no clinical trial involving multiple homicides is ever likely to be run, no firmer evidence is likely to be found. Healy noted that much of the evidence for suicide and murder came from the efforts of journalists and lawyers”.To read the full article and see the data go to the journal’s website or

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PAXIL: 85 Year Old Man Kills Wife: No History of Violence

PAXIL: 85 Year Old Man Kills Wife: No History of Violence

Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:26 pm

“Paul Deyoub, a forensic psychologist with the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, testified for the state that he didn’t believe Basham was delirious when he killed his wife.

“He said he didn’t believe Basham’s contention that he didn’t remember anything about the killing, and that his first memory that day was waking up in the hospital. He said nearly all defendants charged with domestic homicide that he has evaluated claim to have no memory or some loss of memory of thecrime.”

Well Mr. Forensic Psychologist just for your information (which I am sure drug companies have paid enough to your institution of higher learning to assure you never learn), the reason that ” . . . nearly all defendants charged with domestic homicide [that you have] evaluated claim to have no memory or some loss of memory of the crime” is because the large majority of those
defendants charged with domestic homicide are on SSRI or SNRI antidepressants which affect memory so adversely that “amnesia” is listed as a frequent side effect. WAKE UP!!! If they cannot even remember who they are, how can they remember what happened?!!!

And if this case was prosecuted by the same prosecutor I went up against in Fayetteville a few years ago, who could not make one statement without first reading it from the SSRI Prosecutor’s How to Manual, it is no wonder the courts’ time is still being wasted prosecuting such cases when they should be immediately dismissed and apologis and settlements issued directly from the
drug manufacturers to these families! How very tragic for this poor old man and his family!!!

[The SSRI Prosecutor’s manual is distributed by the drug manufacturers in criminal cases to make sure that anyone who commits a crime, while under the influence of their drugs, goes immediately to jail . Why? So that their drugs remain “innocent” and therefore lucrative because who would want to use a drug that a court has just said produced a suicide or murder or other violent crime? Is providing such a manual illegal? No, but probably should be. Is it unethical? Without a doubt!!!!

But it was obvious to me when testifying in these cases that this manualexisted due to prosecutors asking the same questions of me, almost word for word in every case, no matter which SSRI was involved or where in the country the case was tried. So, while working as the defense attorney on Christopher Pittman’s case, Andy Vickery asked for the manual as evidence and got a copy
for us. If anyone would like to waste their time reading it let me know and I will gladly send you a copy.]

Now back to this elderly man’s case:

As you read through the next two paragraphs understand why I gasp when I hear that this man was given an SSRI while suffering from anxiety, pneumoniaand sleep apnea. You see, anything that increases serotonin – as the SSRI antidepressants are designed to do and all antidepressants do – shuts down the lungs thereby cutting off oxygen to the brain. This is how these drugs produce brain damage, the cutting off of the oxygen supply.

[If you would like to test out this idea on your own, do what I do. Every time you see someone who is not elderly, but generally is overweight and is
carrying around an oxygen tank, ask them which antidepressant they have been on and how long. Then explain to them that the main function of serotonin is the
constriction of smooth muscle tissue which includes the lungs and bronchial tubes [and all major organs] which is why they now need oxygen. And then give
them our website because they are going to want to know what else these drugs have done to their health. But always stress that abrupt or rapid
discontinuation of the drug/drugs is very dangerous.]

Paragraph 4 reads: “Ross testified that in an attempt to explain how Basham, who never had a reputation for violence and always got along with his
wife, could have committed such a bizarre act, she concluded that Basham suffered from delirium.”

Paragraph 7 reads: “Ross pointed out that Autry Basham had pneumonia, took the drug Paxil for anxiety

and suffered from obstructive sleep apnea. All those factors, which were present on the day of Marie Basham’s death, inhibited his ability to get
oxygen to his brain. A lack of oxygen can trigger delirium, she said, especially in the elderly.”

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ross for being able to understand the real reason for Autry Basham’s delirium was lack of oxygen!!! I wish more
doctors would work a little harder to see what is actually happening in these cases to produce such out of character behavior rather than following the old
school where the drugs involved were very different. Perhaps lack of oxygen leading to delirium is an easier conclusion to arrive at in an elderly patient,
but it does happen in all age groups and is a huge contributing factor in these tragic cases. It is also another reason why hyperbaric oxygen treatment
is so very helpful after using these drugs and subsequently suffering from elevated serotonin levels.

There should be grave concern in our country about such tragic cases as this one where a couple has had a long and loving marriage relationship and in an
instant it is ended in such horror because of what we call “medication”! For those of you who are younger and sadly may not be aware, things like this
DID NOT HAPPEN in the world we grew up in!!!! Cases like this (which I now see far too often) were basically non-existent before the widespread use of
serotonergic drugs.

As it states on the front cover of my book, these drugs have literally turned our world upside down! For this we owe the younger generation and those
generations to come our deepest apologies for the extensive damage we have allowed to occur. I fear we have left you a terrible, terrible legacy that at
this point I do not know if we can make restitution for it.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness & (
Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our
Serotonin Nightmare & the audio, Help! I Can’t
Get Off My Antidepressant!!! ()

SEBASTIAN COUNTY : Sides dispute delirium led to husband’s killing of wife

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008

GREENWOOD ­ A Fayetteville psychiatrist said Wednesday that 85-year-old Autry Basham suffered from delirium brought on by pneumonia and a sleep
disorder when he slashed the throat of his 83-year-old wife last year.

The testimony of Dr. Robin Ross in Sebastian County Circuit Court in Basham’s first degree murder trial bolstered the defense’s contention that Basham of
Mansfield is innocent of murder because of a mental disease or defect at the time he killed his wife of 64 years, Lola Marie Basham, on Aug. 27, 2007.

The jury trial before Circuit Judge James Cox began Monday and is expected to wrap up today.

Ross testified that in an attempt to explain how Basham, who never had areputation for violence and always got along with his wife, could have
committed such a bizarre act, she concluded that Basham suffered from delirium.

She said tension and anxiety Basham may have been feeling over the falling out between his wife and son Jerry Basham didn’t play a role in triggering
the delirium.

Prosecutors have told jurors they believe Basham killed his wife after they argued the weekend before about her failing memory and her belief that their
son didn’t pay as much attention to them as he should, given the financial and other help they gave him over the years.

Ross pointed out that Autry Basham had pneumonia, took the drug Paxil for anxiety and suffered from obstructive sleep apnea. All those factors, which
were present on the day of Marie Basham’s death, inhibited his ability to get oxygen to his brain. A lack of oxygen can trigger delirium, she said,
especially in the elderly.

Delirium was defined as a disruption of consciousness and a change in perception that can come on rapidly and can come and go over time. It would
have been possible for Basham, she said, to be delirious and still carry out a sequence of events in killing his wife.

In rebuttal, the prosecution called Little Rock forensic psychiatrist Raymond Molden who testified there was no direct evidence that Basham suffered
from delirium.

He said the fact that Basham called his son and daughter-in-law before killing his wife and then carried out the series of actions in killing his wife
showed that he took steps in a logical sequence to bring about a result.

Following a logical sequence of steps, he said, was inconsistent with aperson suffering from delirium.

Paul Deyoub, a forensic psychologist with the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock, testified for the state that he didn’t believe Basham was
deliriouswhen he killed his wife.

He said he didn’t believe Basham’s contention that he didn’t remember anything about the killing, and that his first memory that day was waking up in
the hospital. He said nearly all defendants charged with domestic homicide that he has evaluated claim to have no memory or some loss of memory of the

As you read through the next two paragraphs understand why I gasp when I hear that this man was given an SSRI while suffering from anxiety, pneumoniaand sleep apnea. You see, anything that increases serotonin – as the SSRI antidepressants are designed to do and all antidepressants do – shuts down the lungs thereby cutting off oxygen to the brain. This is how these drugs produce brain damage, the cutting off of the oxygen supply.

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Adult on Autistic Specrum destroyed by psychiatric medications. Paxil

Adult on Autistic Specrum destroyed by psychiatric medications. Are you like me?

“I had direct suicide attacks from Paxil…and flushed it down the toilet.”

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or other healthcare person, nor wish to be. My views expressed in this letter and associated papers are my opinion. I do not suggest others make healthcare decisions based on anything in my writings, but should study their own situations carefully and do their own research in making their decisions so as to be capable of being as responsible as possible.

BUT, I maintain that reality belongs to everyone, and everyone that chooses to should be allowed to be responsible for themselves and their own destiny as much as their ability allows them. I believe this can be much greater than our society generally acknowledges.

In the fall of 1983 I apparently received an injury to my mid back at work. The pain was delayed but then soon became massive. The Dr’s I saw were largely unable to help except through large amounts of painkillers. In the fall of 1984 a General Practitioner started me on the antidepressant Surmontil, in the hopes it would help the pain by elevating serotonin levels. It didn’t. But immediately I had and reported the symptoms of “Serotonin overload, or as I understand it Serotonin Syndrome.” The doctor did not respond this to. Also I had the onset of depression and other symptoms such as a distancing from reality, loss of emotional control etc. This of course is being blamed on the pain, or the pain being blamed on the depression etc., so increase the Surmontil etc. I also developed a bad case of “Restless Leg Syndrome,” where almost endless weird sensations in and near the skin of the legs leads to twitching etc and serious discomfort. I have learned since that this can be associated with “Akathisia,” which can result from a range of psychiatric medications and lasted the entire time I was on psychiatric medications but stopped after their refusal.

I eventually conquered the pain myself by independent means. I still needed a duodenal bypass because all the pain and arthritic medications had severely ulcerated the duodenum that it was blocked from scar tissue.

The depression etc continued and grew and I was told how much I needed the antidepressant etc.

The depression grew and with it I slowly but progressively lost cognitive and memory functions, finally by 1990 or so to a severe degree. Also obsessive-compulsive problems grew. The sensory components of the serotonin overload were bad, feelings of scalding and freezing, poor heat tolerance, nausea.

By 1993 with the added burdens of stress and politics at the job I was doing and a turn to very abusive behavior by my then wife I crashed and was ordered to a psychiatric ward in a different hospital in Saskatchewan. There medications were increased with the additions of Haldol and Ativan. Soon I had and reported the increasing symptoms of “Akathisia”, something like restless leg syndrome but much more severe such that non-activity of the legs can be intolerable. This too was reported and ignored.

But the increase in mental illness symptoms was severe including great distancing from reality, depression, massive obsessive compulsive etc. Then I also started getting the warnings that” If I ever stopped taking the medications the R.C.M.P. would bring me in and they would be forced on me.” This came from several psychiatrists as they came and went at that ward.

To shorten the story some, over the years there were many more meds, about 20 weeks of hospitalization and progressively worse mental illness of a variety of kinds. By New Years of 1996 I was totally disabled from work because of it and am still on disability.

From 1996 to 1998 things were severely bad, life becoming a second by second struggle to stay alive, fight suicide, go through the torments of a hell I utterly no ability to understand. I lost the ability to do anything productive beyond quite basic survival, and have no memory of a single thing I can date to the year 1997 etc.

In 1998 I wanted out. I knew these massive meds were causing big problems, as far as I could tell these nonsensical psychiatrists were crazier than I was. I had some of the weirdest lectures and opinions from them. But in my appeals for understanding, remember I was barely hanging on to anything at this time, my insurance company and another mental health agency I was associated with “Ganged up” on me ordering me back to psychiatric care. I gave in.

Then the trouble really got bad. I had direct suicide attacks from Paxil, which were a chore to fight but I recognised them as coming from the Paxil and flushed it down the toilet and stopped seeing the Dr. that prescribed it.

My G.P. at that time agreed to maintain me on simple benzodiazepines such as valium or Ativan until he could get me to a psychiatrist I had heard of in Saskatoon that via the grapevine sounded saner. It didn’t work; I ended up in emergency in Saskatoon that September with a different Psychiatrist that started me on Chlorpromazine, Epival and Risperdal. All of these were disasters and I ended refusing all of them in the next 3 months.

But then in November 1998 I found a very encouraging sounding psychiatrist that had just come to Lloydminster. He stated me on a cocktail as is normal and added Zyprexa. At first, until late in May 1999 the Zyprexa seemed to be helping, though things were still awfully bad. In late May 1999 they really got worse. This led to a doubling of the Zyprexa plus a constantly varying array of meds, some of which I rapidly saw were disastrous and refused and started arguing for washouts, scheduled removal of all medications to do a test. This was consistently promised but avoided. Among the problems was an involuntary movement problem spotted by a social worker and reported to the psychiatrist by her. We discussed this and then it was ignored.

Things got still much worse. This was Hell!

In September I cold turkey refused the Zyprexa and got a huge improvement. The doctor then hospitalized me and removed a sedative cold turkey (immovane), which I wanted to remove slowly. This again precipitated suicidal problems and a new round of meds to be tried and flushed as they all revealed disastrous effects.

The last round was the worst, a combination of Celexa and Tegretol. Here I lost pretty much all emotional and cognitive existence and the serotonin overload symptoms became totally immobolizing, again with no recognition by the psychiatrist. This last round of meds apparently did a lot of long-term damage, I think adding a lot of time to the recovery.

In October 1999 I flushed everything and started the recovery.

To date, and this is still ongoing, I have regained a great deal of my cognitive back, a lot of memory function, a fair amount of stamina, but have a highly advanced and progressive movement disorder and a bad case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the experience.

And as for the symptoms of depression etc I was being treated for, they were the first parts to improve and basically leave.

I now am a licensed user of Medical Marijuana to keep the movement disorder from literally tearing me apart in short order, am also on the immovane (which the last medicating psychiatrist made me suicidal by removing in 1999), with little or no ill effect, this helps with the movements and some PTSD symptoms, I am not under psychiatric care, but get a lot of assistance from my social worker with the PTSD.

From a later psychiatrist that made little attempt to medicate me, books, and the Internet I have learned to a large degree what happened. I will try to cover this more in point form on another paper about the specific medications.

But it gets better. In the fall of 2000 I accidentally ran across a book on autism. In a hurry I discovered I have the highest functioning form, Asperser’s Syndrome, inherited from my mother. After almost 4 years of fighting the system and a great deal of research I have a solid diagnosis from a Psychologist in Edmonton experienced in Autism and with a good record with it. He has also diagnosed the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Asperser’s Syndrome is the highest functioning recognised form of autism. This is believed to be largely or wholly inherited, in my case my mother and members of her family strongly show characteristics of it. The people typically are highly intelligent, creative, responsible, artistic etc, and are often highly capable within their special interests, be they computers, technical, artistic or whatever. They can be walking encyclopedias. But they tend to be clumsy and limited socially. There is data to indicate a high probability of being chemically sensitive such that in some opinions they will tend to have drug reactions similar to mine. The numbers are supposed to include Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and many notable others. The most recent numbers of them I have heard for Canada and Saskatchewan are about 1/235 in the population. Almost all diagnosis and assistance for them is restricted to children, adults are generally ignored.

My movement disorder is still undiagnosed after 4 neurologists and a Neuro Psychologist that recognised it as Tardive Dyskinesia, but wouldn’t write it down. Otherwise it has been ignored totally by one neurologist or gets rapidly diagnosed by the others as something inherited, and easily disproved, and the appointment is quickly ended with no follow-up.

It seems to be a combination of tardive dyskinesia plus likely another form of Dystonia caused by at least one other medication. Health Canada accepted the diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia suggested by an internist on my medical marijuana application.

The movement disorder has proven to be very progressive and so at an accelerating rate. Without control, especially from the cannabis I will soon go into a “cluster” of events with it that are non stop involving powerful sudden movements of the neck, torso, upper extremities and diaphragm that get very powerful, plus spasming and violent shaking. In a cluster I could soon be unable to look after myself and likely my muscles would tear themselves apart, not to mention bone damage, plus being violently crashed into things in my environment. It also involves a progressive loss of finer motor control at all times, such that now typing is very slow and error prone, my old work of welding and much else is difficult or impossible. Walking is affected.

This also necessitates routine massages, heavy ones, to reduce the sensations involved with the disorder and at times to break movement/sensation loops that can establish that I cannot break myself and which could be fatal by themselves. I have some insurance coverage for this but not enough.

My recovery was also very tough, especially at first, has involved a huge amount of work and discipline on my part, (I get high praise from some for this), has been assisted by the social worker a great deal and sabotaged by others also greatly, including the last medicating psychiatrist and the other mental health agency I mentioned I had been involved with. It seems we do not recognize that psychiatric care causes mental illness, and the patient can be sacrificed to protect the reputation of the system.

In the course of recovery I trained myself on personal computers, had never touched one before, and have taught myself a good deal of photography and computer graphics to the point I could be doing some professional work. I have done a lot of other work too, trying to get back to who I used to be.

In my efforts to get back a life in 2002 I argued and coerced my insurance company to get me a Rehabilitation Consultant which they have, who herself proved to be great, but was constrained to the rules and protocols of the company. After being instructed to pursue several pointless approaches, such as truck driving because there is a high demand, not suitable with medical marijuana etc., I started with a rehab program with a good sounding reputation from a local agency. This resulted in a job in janitorial work that on starting I soon found impossible. I reported this to the employer, a large lumber co and builder of prefab houses, that the job was undoable as described, would require several capable people to attempt it, and needed complete reengineering to be practical.

The employer agreed with me totally, saying my assessment was: “Bang on.” I think this indicates that there was no research into the job for suitability, this employer being that agency’s best supporter for their rehab program.

He told me to reengineer it. I tackled to job and tried to assess it for this. On the first night after work I had a massive PTSD attack from it and withdrew. This ended the entire rehab approach.

The insurance co. has indicated no interest in assisting with the computer graphics approach or any form of self-employment. It has also recently refused assistance in seeking diagnosis or therapy from the psychologist in Edmonton regarding Asperser’s Syndrome and PTSD.

Presently I am broke, in debt, have sold almost everything I can sell, and spend about $200.00 a month on supplements etc to assist recovery and control the movement disorder.

Because of information from me, a few others with autism or asperser’s characteristics have been able to get away from psychiatric care and recovery, including one local woman who has gone from very disturbed and totally disabled back to finish her professional career.

There is a great deal more to say as well. The main points are however, that these medications are far more dangerous and to identifiable people than they are given credit for. The practitioners that prescribe and administer them are not adequately aware of their dangers, including known and documented ones, which they cannot separate from the illnesses they are supposed to treat, and do not pay adequate attention to the feedback from patients. The “system” does not have a reasonable means of dealing with harm caused by doctors and won’t until it is prepared to admit that harm happens in the first place. The apparent sacrificing of patients that are harmed is atrocious and I tend to describe the whole problem as a human rights issue. The task of assisting the victims falls on lesser qualified (non doctor) therapists that can seem to do a far better job but who may be put in political danger for doing so and can and likely will be overruled by doctors who seem more intent on protectionism than health care. Beyond that I have to suggest that there is little out there in mental health care and supports that seems realistic, or even works.

My future is still in severe doubt even with assists because of the progressive nature of this movement disorder, but I would like a shot at something. A greater issue is the others who obviously are and will be victimized as I was. Simple calculations from known estimates could lead to suggestions of tens of thousands or more going through what I went through right now, in Canada.

I have complained to the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons on 2000 without realistic results. I have written reports on this to politicians and Saskatchewan’s Minister of Health, the local Health Region (and have been encouraged by healthcare people to do so) and everybody else I can think of all with similarly useless results, usually not even acknowledgement. Yet it can be seen that the carnage goes on.

Legal opinions I have sought are dismal.

I have come to the conclusion that publicity, hopefully noisy publicity, is the only recourse to finding the others so affected, or letting them find themselves as I did.

In my case I would like to see a fully independent, such as criminal, investigation done.

I hope this can be revealed so it can be dealt with.

Peter Christensen

July 9, 2004

Summary of prescription medications;
From Pharmacy records March 1995 to termination of psychiatric medication October 1999:

Note: Antidepressants were started in the fall of 1984, with Surmontil, prescribed by a General Practitioner to assist in pain relief from a mid back injury. This medication was continuous until stopped in 1993 or 1994.
Symptoms now understood to be from Serotonin overload were present almost immediately and continuously until all meds refused.

Also prior to 1995 were the medication: Haldol (neuroleptic), Atavin (benzodiazapine), Luvox (antidepressant), Restoril (benzodiazapine for sleep), and at least 2 or 3 SSRI antidepressants, one of which caused what I can only describe as mini convulsions or seizures, of short duration ending with violent vomiting after which the seizures broke.

I don’t have pharmacy records on hand to detail this.

FROM PHARM. RECORDS: names in brackets( ) are either from a Pharmacy resource or from my best recollection. Some medications in my records that were unrelated to Psychiatric care or secondary reactions have been omitted here. Medications prescribed and administered in hospital are not reflected here.

Dates of use typically are from first report in records until last time a prescription was filled, not necessarily the last time taken.

Novo-Doxepin (Sinequan) Tricyclic Antidepressant 50 mg – From: Mar. 29/95 – Aug 10/95 Tried earlier on, until about 1994, one of the least harmful antidepressants, but still not good.
Carbolith (Lithium Carbonate) 150 mg – From: Mar 29/95 – May 13/98 Now known to be associated with depression and a continuous urinary incontinence problem that was denied, that still lingers to a lesser degree.

Apo Diazepam (Valium) 5 mg – From: Mar 23/95 used periodically almost throughout, was used very briefly after termination of Psych. care at time of death of mother in 2000. By itself, similar to other benzodiazepines led to progressive loss of reality and what I call psychotic existence.

Nu – Ranit (ranitidine) 150 mg From a GP – stomach acid reducer (this was a serious problem while on Psych medications) – From: Apr 7/95 – July 15/99
Losec 20 mg (stomach acid controller) Not from a psychiatrist – May 5/95 –

Apo Metoclopramide (maxeran) 10 mg – Antinauseant – had almost constant from mild up to disabling nausea entire time of Psychiatric medication reducing steadily after termination of Psych. care, understand this involved with Serotonin overload. From: June 7/95 – last used sporadically until spring 2001 for nausea, when I discovered it was a leading cause of drug induced Dystonia, though I was always reassured as to it being very safe, after which no antinauseants have been used. This may be part of my present movement disorder.

Apo – Perphenazine 2 mg – 4 mg – Used to control side effects of other drugs – From: Sept 22/95-July 7/97 No specific recall.
Apo – Imipramine 50 mg – Antidepressant From: Sept 22/95 – until Effexor started. Associated with massive symptoms of Serotonin Overload and depression.
Restoril 15 mg – (benzodiazapine sleep med) From: Sept 22/95 – Oct 16/96 No specific recall of effects.

Apo – Oxazepam 15 mg (benzodiazapine Serax) From: Sept 22/95 – Dec 13/95

Alprazolam 0.5 mg (Xanax) From: Jan 23/96 – Oct 8/99

Effexor 37.5 mg – 75 mg (antidepressant) From: June 5/96 – June 23/98 (started in hospital Apr. or May/96) Associated with much deeper depression and anxiety, (SSRI Mania?) plus massive symptoms of serotonin overload, still being the subject of treatments for PTSD.

PMS – Clonazepam 0.5 mg – (benzodiazapine Rivitril) From: June 5/96 – June 18/99 shown independently to rapidly cause the “benzo crazies.”

Nozinan 5 mg – 50 mg From; June 5/96 – July 7/97 Heavy short lived sedation, huge appetite stimulant, loss of reality.

Nu – Loraz 1 mg 2 mg – (Lorazepam – benzodiazapine) From: Nov 25/96 – June 23/98

Nono-Ridazine 25 mg – (Thiaridazine? neuroleptic) From: July 18/97 – Dec 19/97 May have softened the anxiety from the other meds.

Effexor – XR 150 mg – (Antidepressant) May 27/98 tried very briefly, immediately caused strong depression and “going crazy.”

Paxil 20 mg – (antidepressant) From: Aug 7/98 – Aug 20/98 This included a dosage increase and was refused due to suicide attacks (now being more widely discussed internationally. Also caused specific attacks of depression and anxiety.

Novo-Poxide 25 mg – (Librium) Sept.7/98 Single dose taken resulting in severe instant anxiety attack.

Epival 500 mg – Sept 29/98. Associated with severe gastro intestinal distress, disorientation, and loss of reality until refused.

Novo – Chlorpromazine 50 mg – From: Sept 29/98 – Dec 17/98 Massive disorientation, blackouts leading to short periods of total disorientation, activity observed by others as totally bizarre but of which I have little or no recall, until medication refused.

Risperdal 1 mg From: Sept 29/98 – Oct 28/98 – Note: Associated with extreme obsessive compulsive, utter madness, and arthritic attack in several joints including hands, some symptoms of this still exist leading to surgery in one hand and cortisone injection in the other. May be due to Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.

Rhovane 7.5 mg (immovane – zopiclone) from Sept 10/98 Note: Am still using this med as a control for the flinch (tardive dyskinesia), it being possibly the only primarily psychoactive pharmaceutical I can tolerate. This drug was forcibly withdrawn cold turkey in hospital in 1999 leading to massive suicidal urge.

Nu-Trimipramine (Surmontil) older tricyclic antidepressant started in 1984 for back pain, caused depression etc., used until replaced in 1994 up to very high dosage. 50 mg – From: Nov 23/98 – Dec 23/98

Dom-Metoprolol-B 50 mg – From: Dec 11/98

Zyprexa 5 mg – 10 mg (Olanzapine – neuroleptic) From: Dec 23/98 – Refused Sept/99 Note: This drug is associated with the start of my flinch (tardive dyskinesia), extreme symptoms often associated with Trauma Response, psychosis, severe dietary problems possibly from pancreatic damage, many present symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming back to here. Only the use (prescribed) of very heavy doses of immovane allowed this medication to be survivable.

Stemetil 5 mg – (anti nauseant) From: Dec 30/98 – Oct 14/99 not used continuously, some effect in treating nausea.

Serzone 100 mg – (antidepressant) From: Jan 29/99 – April 19/99 No recall.

Dixarit 0.025 mg – Feb 2/99 No recall.

Dom-Trazodone 50 mg – (Desyrel – antidepressant) July 23/99 Single prescription associated with high anxiety and massive panic attacks from inconsequential stimuli.

Apo-Amitriptyline 25 mg – (Elavil – antidepressant) From: July 30/99 – Aug 20/99 Similar to other tricyclic antidepressants, big improvement when removed.

Apo-Halopridol 1 mg – (Haldol – neuroleptic) From: Sept 15/99 – Sept 24/99 Utter nightmare, compelled to use in 1993 in hospital, associated with akathisia (severe leg etc discomfort and inability to remain still, sitting etc, walking helped) plus massive obsessive compulsive, depression, disorientation until refused, repeat performance in 1999 until refused.

PMS-Benztropine 2 mg – (Cogentin) From: Sept 15/99 – Sept 24/99 Poor recall other than improvement on refusal.

Apo- Carbamazepine 200 mg – (Tegretol) From: Sept 8/99 – Oct 8/99 plus as follows:

Celexa 20 mg (antidepressant) From: Sept 15/99 – Oct 10/99 Note: This combination of Tegretol and Celexa was the most terrible time of the entire ordeal, with massive symptoms of disabling nausea and sweating, associated with serotonin overload, utter collapse of emotional and cognitive function, overall shutdown of mental capacity in almost every regard, symptoms of which were a very long time reducing after refusal of these drugs, though the turnaround was obvious and immediate upon their refusal.

This marked my total refusal of psychiatric medications.

All benzo diazapines were stopped after last prescription of Valium April 4, 2000, which was used briefly after my mother’s death, except for a 2 day trial of a Benzodiazapine sleeping pill Starnoc, represented as the mildest of mildest which led to a 10 day run of anger and utter psychotic feeling.

Peter Christensen

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Our Lives are Following Apart

“The doctor … just kept adding more (antidepressants).”

My name is Susan Sweatman, and my husband’s doctor had him on Paxil and three other antidepressants at the same time. He was on these awful drugs for 3 years. The doctor did not take him off of one and try another, he just kept adding more.

Paxil worked for a while then after he had problems sleeping, the doctor added Trazadone, Ambien and Remeron. He took these as prescribed by the doctor. He started drinking beer.

It got to where he was drinking a case of beer a night, always mad. Still could not sleep, then when he would sleep, he could not get up.

We found out last June our doctor was hooked on drugs and was sent to dry out. Then while he was gone, the other doctor without seeing my husband kept writing prescriptions for these drugs. Our doctor died in Feb.

Last October my husband got mad pulled a gun on me and our son, and said he was going to kill us. I called the police, and he was arrested. We did not know anything about these drugs, and that you are not supposed to be on them that long.

Now the court will not let us be together, and we have no hope. Someone told me about this website. We need help to get through this. He does not take any pills or drink now, but is still having problems with memory. He does not remember anything that he did that night. Please is there someone who can help us?



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