Gary Speed : Were Anti-Depressants Involved In His Suicide?


When a talented and famous footballer chooses to hang himself…

People begin to ask questions…

The death of Gary Speed has rocked the UK and the UK media have been having a field day reporting on it. At the moment, no one knows why he did it, but there have been many theories bandied about…

There has been mention of possible depression, but no one knows for sure…

The professional footballers association has even got involved by releasing a booklet highlighting the dangers of depression. Bringing awareness to the plight of the depressed is all well and good, but what about the dangers of treating depression?

or more specifically…

What about the dangers of drug treatment? ..

Rumors are abounding across the internet, people are asking, “what drove him to it”? one of these rumors seems to be speculating that Gary Speed might have been taking anti-depressants.

Other reports are saying that he was not depressed at all…

Maybe we will find the answer after the inquest into his death?..

Whatever the reason, the man must have been in an insufferable state of absolute despair, and my thoughts go out to his family and friends..

RIP Gary Speed
May you rest in Peace

The statement by mental health charity Mind was very appropriate, I think it needs to be repeated, although I do believe that those suffering from depression should seek treatment, I would be wary of anti-depressants as a solution. Unfortunately, this is all GP’s usually have to offer…

Following the tragic news of the death of Wales manager Gary Speed, Mind has issued the following comment.

Paul Farmer, Mind Chief Executive, said:

The apparent suicide of Gary Speed is a tragic and shocking event. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time.

The high-pressure environment of top-level sport can cause huge levels of stress and, just because someone appears to be able to carry on their usual daily life, it does not mean that they are not struggling in private.

Gary Speed is not the first footballer to experience mental distress and nor, sadly, will he be the last. The suicide of German goalkeeper Robert Enke in 2009 shows that sportsmen, like anyone else, are not immune from the devastating effects of mental health problems.

Each year, more than 4,000 people in England and Wales take their own lives and three quarters of suicides are by men. The macho culture of football means that we have seen very few professionals come forward to talk about mental health problems but It is only by speaking out about mental health, whether through the media or privately, that we can increase understanding and awareness of these issues, and encourage people to be able to seek the help that they need.

Sue Baker, Director of anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, said:

We do not yet know the circumstances around the terrible tragedy of Gary Speed’s death but we want to encourage anyone experiencing similar levels of despair to try and speak to someone, whether friend, family or their doctor. In the past few days, fellow former footballer Stan Collymore has been tweeting openly and honestly about his own ongoing battle with depression. We hope that everyone feels able to follow Collymore’s advice to seek help if they feel like this.

Some other newsworthy articles in relation to anti-depressants have also been in the news lately…

They are worthy of a read :

Antidepressants: Wonder Pills or Just a Quick Fix?

As a therapist, I have worked with dozens of people suffering from depression. Many of these people have been – wrongly, in my view – prescribed antidepressants by their GP. And not just for depression: anxiety, paranoia, eating disorders, OCD, even insomnia are now routinely tackled with this powerful medication.

Earlier this year, NHS figures obtained by the BBC showed a dramatic increase in the number of antidepressants prescribed between 2006 and 2010 – up by 43% to nearly 23 million a year. The increase was blamed on money worries and job insecurity linked to the financial crisis.

Although this increase is worrying, in one way it’s also encouraging. As someone who believes passionately that we need to remove the stigma from mental illness – until a bout of depression is seen as no more nor less unusual or embarrassing than a chest infection or migraine – I am pleased to see mental ill-health being recognised and treated. One reason so many more people are now seeking treatment is that they understand they may have a problem and feel able to ask for help. But why GPs insist on prescribing the likes of Seroxat, Cipralex or Prozac to every depressed person who enters their consulting room is beyond me.

Not only can antidepressants cause extremely unpleasant side effects, for many people they either offer little respite or actually seem to make them feel worse. Even if they do help, they only offer symptom-relief – antidepressants no more ‘cure’ depression than ibuprofen cures an abscess on your tooth. They merely elevate your mood and numb the pain enough to enable you to manage.

I should be absolutely clear here: you should never come off antidepressants suddenly or without consulting your doctor. This can be very dangerous. And although they don’t help everyone, antidepressants can – quite literally – be a life-saver for some, especially those with clinical depression. Taken for a short period, they can help people feel well enough to seek, and benefit from, one of the many effective treatments now available.

Which brings me to my main point: if you are suffering from depression (or, for that matter, stress or anxiety, the other two major forms of mental ill-health) you need to tackle its root cause. We get depressed for a reason – usually because of negative, unhelpful, self-attacking ways of thinking that need modifying. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which I use with my clients, is clinically proven to be the most effective of all the ‘talking therapies’ – and just as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression.

As is exercise – a wonderful way to tackle any form of physical or mental ill-health. Cardiovascular exercise such as jogging, swimming, cycling or brisk walking has been consistently proven to offer as much symptom relief as antidepressants. For free. With no side effects. And no waiting for up to a month to feel the benefit.

The more enlightened GPs recognise this – offering exercise ‘prescriptions’ and referring people for talking therapies rather than simply doling out pills. And surely this is what all health professionals should aim for – not just to alleviate symptoms, but to cure the actual illness.

Call me naive, but isn’t that what we’re there for?

Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?

Depression can be devastating. Its worst form, major depressive disorder, is marked by all-encompassing low mood, thoughts of worthlessness, isolation, and loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities. But this clinical description misses the deep, experiential horror of the condition; the suffocating sense of despair that can make life seem too arduous to bear.

Here’s something else we can say confidently about depression: it is complex. The cause is often a mix of factors including genetic brain abnormalities, sunlight deprivation, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and social issues including homelessness and poverty. Also, cause and effect can be hard to tease apart — is social isolation a cause or an effect of depression?

Unfortunately, we can make one more unassailable observation about depression: the disorder — or, more precisely, the diagnosis — has gone stratospheric. An astonishing 10 percent of the U.S. population was prescribed an antidepressant in 2005; up from 6 percent in 1996.

Why has the diagnosis become so popular? There are likely several reasons. It’s possible that more people today are truly depressed than they were a decade ago. Urbanized, sedentary lifestyles; nutrient-poor processed food; synthetic but unsatisfying entertainments and other negative trends, all of which are accelerating, may be driving up the rate of true depression. But I doubt the impact of these trends has nearly doubled in just ten years.

So here’s another possibility. The pharmaceutical industry is cashing in.

In 1996, the industry spent $32 million on direct-to-consumer (DTC) antidepressant advertising. By 2005, that nearly quadrupled, to $122 million. It seems to have worked. More than 164 million antidepressant prescriptions were written in 2008, totaling $9.6 billion in U.S. sales. Today, the television commercial is ubiquitous:

A morose person stares out of a darkened room through a rain-streaked window.
Quick cut to a cheery logo of an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, the most common type of antidepressant pharmaceutical).
Cross-fade to the same person, medicated and smiling, emerging into sunlight to pick flowers, ride a bicycle or serve birthday cake to laughing children.
A voiceover gently suggests, “Ask your doctor if [name of drug] is right for you.”

The message — all sadness is depression, depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, this pill will make you happy, your doctor will get it for you — could not be clearer. The fact that the ad appears on television, the ultimate mass medium, also implies that depression is extremely common.

Yet a study published in the April, 2007, issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, based on a survey of more than 8,000 Americans, concluded that estimates of the number who suffer from depression at least once during their lifetimes are about 25 percent too high. The authors noted that the questions clinicians use to determine if a person is depressed don’t account for the possibility that the person may be reacting normally to emotional upheavals such as a lost job or divorce (only bereavement due to death is accounted for in the clinical assessment). And a 15-year study by an Australian psychiatrist found that of 242 teachers, more than three-quarters met the criteria for depression. He wrote that depression has become a “catch-all diagnosis.”

What’s going on?

It’s clear that depression, a real disorder, is being exploited by consumer marketing and is over-diagnosed in our profit-driven medical system. Unlike hypertension or high cholesterol — which have specific, numerical diagnostic criteria — a diagnosis of depression is ultimately subjective. Almost any average citizen (particularly one who watches a lot of television) can persuade him or herself that transient, normal sadness is true depression. And far too many doctors are willing to go along.

The solution to this situation is, unsurprisingly, complex, cutting across social, medical, political and cultural bounds. But here are three major changes that are needed immediately:

Medically, thousands of studies confirm that depression, particularly mild to moderate forms, can be alleviated by lifestyle changes. These include exercise, lowered caffeine intake, diets high in fruits and vegetables, and certain supplements, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Physicians need to be trained in these methods, as they are at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. See Natural Depression Treatment for more about these low-tech methods, or the “Depression” chapter in the excellent professional text, Integrative Medicine by David Rakel, M.D. (Saunders, 2007).
Politically, if Congress — which seems hopelessly addicted to watering down all aspects of health care reform — can’t manage to ban all DTC ads in one stroke, it should start by immediately ending those for antidepressants.
Personally, be skeptical of all DTC ads for antidepressants. The drugs may turn out to be no more effective than placebos. Many of them have devastating side effects, and withdrawal, even if done gradually, can be excruciating. While they can be lifesavers for some people, in most cases they should be employed only after less risky and expensive lifestyle changes have been tried.

Finally, recognize that no one feels good all the time. An emotionally healthy person can, and probably should, stare sadly out of a window now and then. Many cultures find the American insistence on constant cheerfulness and pasted-on smiles disturbing and unnatural. Occasional, situational sadness is not pathology — it is part and parcel of the human condition, and may offer an impetus to explore a new, more fulfilling path. Beware of those who attempt to make money by convincing you otherwise.

Are anti-depressants the cure . . .or the problem?

With record numbers of people being prescribed the drugs, doctors on the frontline are divided over their use. Anita Guidera reports

Monday November 28 2011
Anti-depressant use is at an all-time high, yet there is evidence the detrimental effects of these drugs outweigh the benefits. It is estimated that as many as one-in-five Irish people are taking anti-depressants, but serious side effects are now being linked to the drugs.

The prevailing theories that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and low serotonin levels, on which current drug treatment is based, have also been called into question by research.

While many people believe anti-depressants work for them, researchers argue that it could be a placebo effect.

David Healy, a professor at Cardiff University medical school, believes that the evidence shows that “more people are harmed than are not.

“Anti-depressants can be useful and I use them but for a lot of people the risks of the treatment far outweigh any benefit they could get.

‘People may appear to get well on the pills but often they have a condition that is going to get well within eight to 12 weeks anyway.

“Often when people, who are mild to moderately depressed, appear to respond, it is because of the placebo factor,” he said.

He also shares the controversial view of US psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin that so-called ‘next generation’ SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) anti-depressants can cause bizarre behaviour.

Professor Healy appeared as an expert witness in the inquest into the tragic death of Shane Clancy (22) at which the jury returned an open verdict. Mr Clancy stabbed Sebastian Creane (22) to death in Bray in August 2009 before turning the knife on himself.

Prof Healy testified that behaviour, such as suicidal or violent thinking, seen in some patients prescribed SSRIs, such as Seroxat or Cipramil, arose not from the patient’s condition but from the drugs.

He has called for the warnings to be strengthened to emphasise that the drug can cause the problem.

His position is sharply at odds with the Irish College of Psychiatry (ICP) which issued a statement in the aftermath of the inquest claiming there was “no evidence” to link the use of anti-depressants with violence.

The ICP also pointed out that anecdotal cases of suicide “sometimes mistakenly” attributed these events to the treatment rather than the illness.

Drogheda-based GP and board member of Aware, Dr Harry Barry, remains convinced that anti-depressants have a role to play as part of the overall treatment of someone suffering from depression.

“Depression is a physical illness as well as a psychological illness that may require drug therapy treatment.

“The person has to be feeling better before they can get involved in talk therapy which helps them get better.

“In the initial stages, if a person is not functioning properly, anti-depressants are very helpful to help a person’s mood and energy levels come up. Then you can bring in the lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet,” he explained. A GP training programme in mental health education, being rolled out by the Irish College of General Practitioners, is also placing more emphasis on alternatives to medication.

The approach is three-pronged, including a recommended reading list, exercise and counselling.

“Anti-depressants work very well for some people but should they always be the first port of call? And is the chemical masking an underlying condition?” asks Pearse Finegan, director of the Mental Health Project with the Irish College of General Practitioners.

Former Glenroe actress Mary McEvoy, who is training for a mini-marathon to raise funds for Aware, remains convinced depression is caused by low serotonin.

“I think there is a chemical element to my depression. I have been on and off anti-depressants over the years. I would come off them with doctor advice, but then after a while I would up my medication with my doctor’s advice again, so that is how I survive” she said.

Groups such as MindFreedom Ireland and Mad Pride Ireland, whose members have been through the drug regime with detrimental consequences, advocate a drug-free approach. Cork grandmother Mary Maddock (64) — a founder member of MindFreedom Ireland — was on a cocktail of drugs, including antidepressants, for 15 years. Mary is now drug-free and feeling better than ever.

“It was a huge re-awakening. I noticed straight away that I was able to think and feel again,” she said.

This is what SSRI drugs like Seroxat (Paxil) does to people …


Seroxat by GlaxoSmithKline: An Epic Tale of Intrigue and Pharmaceutical Fantasy (Part One)

A parody is a work that imitates another work for the purpose of ridicule or ironic commentary.

As a result of hundreds of years of protecting parodies, the concept of parody has been firmly rooted in American and European culture.

The cultural value of parody as a form of criticism and commentary, is often considered “fair use”.

Tune in next week for the second installment of the extraordinary and mind blowing Seroxat Tale..

GSK: A Pharmaceutical Story…

Parody is recognized as a type of fair use, like other commentary and criticism. A parody is a work that imitates another work for the purpose of ridicule or ironic commentary.

As a result of hundreds of years of protecting parodies, the concept of parody has been firmly rooted in American and European culture.

the cultural value of parody as a form of criticism and commentary, is often considered “fair use”.

Parody is recognized as a type of fair use, like other commentary and criticism.

The Drugs Industry and The Regulators : Balancing “Benefits and Risks”…

When talking about prescription drugs , regulators and pharmaceutical companies regularly tout the well worn mantra of “benefits” and “risks”, but what exactly do they mean? , who decides on a drug’s benefit and who decides on how “risky” it is?…

In the case of Seroxat, the “risks” clearly outweigh the “benefits”. Seroxat is supposed to help depression (and a myriad of emotional responses, from anxiety to panic attacks) yet in its prescription leaflet, it states that anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal ideation and mood changes can be attributed to the pill. What benefit is that to a depressed patient? …

Not much…

If we take into account, the fact (the Royal College of Psychiatry UK state on their website) that “depression will go away after about 8 months for most people”, then that narrows the supposed benefits of SSRI (Seroxat) treatment to an even smaller figure. Psychiatric drugs, their side effects, who decides on their benefit, and who should be prescribed them, are all very dubious and subjective assumptions indeed…

GSK’s HPV Cervical Vaccine has been touted as a preventative jab for Cervical Cancer. Yet, A spokeswoman for NHS Cumbria said: ‘In the UK, about 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and about 1,000 die from it.

So basically, 3,000 Women in the UK are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer each year, out of an estimated population of 30,000,0000 . That’s a figure of one in 10, 0000 chances of catching Cervical Cancer for UK Women during their lifetime. But the stat from dying from it is a third of that, therefore, there is around 1 in a 30,0000 chance of a UK woman dying from Cervical cancer in her lifetime.

It can take from 15 to 20 years for Cervical Cancer to develop in Women who have the virus, therefore the success (or failure) of mass vaccination programs will not be known for another generation at least…

But, according to the Daily Mail UK …

Of the four million vaccinations carried out over the programme’s first two years, there were 4,445 reported side effects.

1,669 reported ‘injection-site reactions’ for example a sore arm.

1,013 reported allergic reactions, most were rashes.

There were 3,591 ‘other recognised reactions’ including 631 cases of nausea and 629 headaches.

There were four cases of Guillan-Barre Syndrome, which can lead to paralysis. Although the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency notes: ‘There is no evidence that the vaccine has increased the frequency of GBS above that expected to occur naturally in the population’.

None of the deaths or serious health problems which have followed immunisation has been directly linked to the vaccine – but it has been known to trigger undetected health problems.

Some critics also believe that the HPV injection can give teenagers a false sense of security, encouraging them to be more sexually active because they no longer have to fear cervical cancer

These Young girls were guinea pigs for GSK…

Who knows what other adverse side effects GSK’s vaccine will manifest? ..

Do the benefits really outweigh the risks?…

Of Course, GSK (and their regulator Buddies)… Caring as always about public health, released this statement :

‘Any suspected adverse reaction related to vaccination can be very distressing and we take these reports very seriously.
‘The UK medicines safety agency regularly reviews all reported suspected adverse events and has concluded that no new or serious risks have been identified during use of Cervarix in the UK, and that the balance of benefits and risks remains positive.

‘With GSK’s record of seriously damaging drugs, such as Seroxat and Avandia, can we really trust them to vaccinate anyone against anything?

I don’t think we can…

Girl, 13, left in ‘waking coma’ and sleeps for 23 hours a day after severe reaction to cervical cancer jabs
Lucy Hinks is unable to walk or talk after having injections at school

Parents warn others to check on potential side effects of Cervarix vaccine

Last updated at 6:19 PM on 14th November 2011

Bad reaction: Lucy Hinks, 13, began to experience extreme exhaustion soon after having the cervical cancer vaccine alongside classmates
A schoolgirl has been left in a ‘waking coma’, too exhausted to open her eyes or speak, after having a cervical cancer vaccine.
Last October and again a month later, Lucy Hinks joined her classmates at school in Wigton in Cumbria to have the HPV jab Cervarix as part of a country-wide programme.
By Christmas, she had visited the doctor several times with flu-like symptoms, tiredness and joint pain.
After the third injection of the vaccine, in May this year, Lucy began to experience extreme exhaustion.
Her health has now deteriorated to such an extent that for the past seven weeks she has slept for up to 23 hours day.
Lucy is also unable to walk or even talk to her devastated family.
Today, her mother Pauline and father Steve, who works for Pirelli, reveal the stress their family is enduring and their fears that it could be years before she recovers.
They now care for Lucy – who has lost nearly three stone – around the clock and describe their lives as a ‘living nightmare’.
The couple, from Port Carlisle, Cumbria, are urging parents to find out about the potential side effects of the vaccine, Cervarix.
Their warning comes as thousands of year eight pupils prepare to receive the vaccine in schools.
Mrs Hinks said: ‘I would not wish what we’ve been through on anyone.
‘I’ve not seen the whites of Lucy’s eyes for weeks and nobody can tell us when it will turn.
‘I would urge parents to get all the facts, gather as much information as you can. Decide for yourself if it’s right for your child.’

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She added: ‘I could put up with the constant sleep. I believe her body needs it.
‘But it’s the fact that to me she’s in a waking coma, with no treatment.
‘At first we didn’t pay any major attention to it. We were only aware there was something seriously wrong this July.’
Lucy, a bright scholar at Nelson Tomlinson School with a gift for maths, had her third and final instalment of the vaccine in May.
Soon afterwards, she started displaying signs of exhaustion.

Almost all cases of cervical cancer start off as an HPV infection.
There are more than 30 types of HPV. The virus is typically transmitted through sexual contact.
80 per cent of women will contract a form of HPV by the time they reach 50, most forms are harmless.
Two of the types, numbers 16 and 18, are responsible for 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases.
These two strains are treatable with HPV vaccines which are 98 per cent effective.
The other types of HPV are not preventable with the injections, which is why women must still have regular smear tests.
Only 5-10 per cent of women infected with the virus face the risk of the disease developing into cervical cancer.
This process usually takes 15–20 years.
‘Then she got up one weekend,’ said Mrs Hinks. ‘She shouted for me, she was too exhausted to stand.’
Initially, Lucy’s GP found her spleen and liver were enlarged. Then, after the teenager collapsed in the doctor’s waiting room, she was taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.
She was submitted to a barrage of tests over the weeks to come, including those for glandular fever and a brain tumour. But these failed to find any cause.
Later in the summer, Lucy was again admitted to hospital. This time she was unable to walk at all.
Mr Hinks said: ‘She had been able to limp from the settee to the toilet herself.
‘But suddenly she couldn’t take a single step. She lost her balance, her arms and legs were failing.
‘We got a letter from the consultant at the hospital. It says it’s quite possible that this might turn out to be a reaction to the HPV vaccine.’
Lucy’s parents now attend her every need and one of them is always nearby.
Mrs Hinks, who gets up to her daughter through the night, said: ‘At one stage I thought she was going to die in her sleep.’
Lucy’s daily routine begins with a small breakfast of a scone and dried fruit about 9.30am.
‘I stroke her face, talk to her,’ said her mother. ‘Then I pull her up onto pillows. I bring a bowl of water and wash her. She feeds herself her breakfast.
‘Slowly, and she never opens her eyes.’
Recently, the family installed a stairlift to take Lucy from her bed to the living room sofa.
‘I bring her downstairs because she’s part of the family,’ said Mrs Hinks. ‘I want her down here and hope that subconsciously she can hear something of what’s going on.’
They have rigged up an electric bell which Lucy presses when she needs pain relief.
‘She can whisper five words,’ said Mr Hinks, who uses a microphone to help make out Lucy’s barely audible syllables.
‘She says “hurting, toilet, tablet, water” and, most of all, “mum”.’
Mr and Mrs Hinks spoon feed their daughter her lunch and dinner. Meals must consist of soft food, because chewing takes precious energy.
The couple said doctors are now 95 per cent sure Lucy’s diagnosis of ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is correct.
She has a nurse who visits weekly and is under the care of a consultant paediatrician at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven – both of whom the Hinks praise highly.
Mrs Hinks has revisited the decision to allow Lucy to have the vaccine many times.
‘I have regrets,’ she said. ‘But it’s no good having them because you can’t change what we’ve got. Hindsight is a marvellous thing.’

Constant care: Lucy’s parents now attend her every need and one of them is always nearby. She is pictured with her sister Emily, 12, (left) who was recently offered the injection


Would you let your daughter have the HPV injection?

According to Lucy’s parents, there is no treatment plan as such for CFS/ME and they take each day as it comes, using instinct to determine her needs.
She has now lost nearly three stone in weight and her parents are terrified she may need to be fed through a tube in the future.
The couple are exhausted and heartbroken, though remain pragmatic.
Mrs Hinks is frank: ‘We’re not launching a campaign. Our only concern is to keep our daughter alive.’
But the pair say they were never given information about any potential side-effects of the vaccine.
At the time Mrs Hinks signed the consent form for Lucy to have the treatment, she raised concerns because Lucy had suffered a reaction to the MMR vaccine in infancy.
‘I was told not to worry,’ she said.
Though neither has any criticisms of the local vaccination programme, Mr and Mrs Hinks are now urging parents to make sure they have as much information as possible before making a decision.
‘Talk to people about it,’ said Mrs Hinks. ‘You decide, not the Government, whether it’s right for your child.
The NHS initiated its UK HPV immunisation programme in September 2008.
The HPV jab is available on the NHS to those aged between 12 and 13 years old. Many are immunised at school.
Vaccines are delivered in three shots over six months. They do not have any therapeutic effect on existing HPV infections or cervical lesions which is why girls are vaccinated before they become sexually active.
The vaccine cuts the risk of cervical cancer by about 70 per cent
Of the four million vaccinations carried out over the programme’s first two years, there were 4,445 reported side effects.
1,669 reported ‘injection-site reactions’ for example a sore arm.
1,013 reported allergic reactions, most were rashes.
There were 3,591 ‘other recognised reactions’ including 631 cases of nausea and 629 headaches.
There were four cases of Guillan-Barre Syndrome, which can lead to paralysis. Although the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency notes: ‘There is no evidence that the vaccine has increased the frequency of GBS above that expected to occur naturally in the population’.
None of the deaths or serious health problems which have followed immunisation has been directly linked to the vaccine – but it has been known to trigger undetected health problems.
Some critics also believe that the HPV injection can give teenagers a false sense of security, encouraging them to be more sexually active because they no longer have to fear cervical cancer.

‘I accept that out of all the girls in Cumbria in Lucy’s year, she might be the only one. But for one child to lose the quality of life she had is one too many.’
Lucy’s paediatrician has warned it could be years before she recovers.
‘Right now education is irrelevant,’ said Mrs Hinks. ‘Lucy is not in a situation where she can stay in contact with her friends at all. I worry this will have an impact on her down the line.
‘People ask ‘how do you cope?’ Well, you just have to.’
Mr Hinks copes by trawling the internet for cures. He has found case studies of other girls who are believed to have suffered similar reactions to the vaccine.
The couple were also recently asked to have their other daughter, 12-year-old Emily, vaccinated with Cervarix.
They refused and wrote to the health authority stating their fears.

Coping mechanism: Steve Hinks trawls the internet for cures. He has found case studies of other girls who are believed to have suffered similar reactions to the vaccine
Last month, Mr Hinks met Cumbria’s associate director of public health, Dr Nigel Calvert, and the county’s immunisation coordinator, Jane Morphet, to express his concerns.
Ms Morphet has since written to the national director of immunisation, David Salisbury, to ask if there is ‘any new evidence of any possible link between the vaccine and CFS/ME’.
A ‘yellow card’ – a report made to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency over suspected side effects to drugs or vaccines – has been lodged. And Cervarix manufacturers, GlaxoSmithKline, are aware of the family’s concerns.
The Hinks’ are now considering taking legal advice. Pauline says: ‘How does she cope after our day? Down the line you never know what you might need to do.’
Despite the circumstances, the Hinks’ still believe they are lucky.
Mr Hinks is a health and safety environment manager for Pirelli in Carlisle and his wife manages a sports and social club associated with the plant.
They say the firm has been fantastic and is to help them get a second opinion on Lucy’s condition from doctors abroad.
Mr Hinks says: ‘We both have jobs, we had to write out the cheque for the stairlift there and then. At least we can do that.’
Each day, the family pray Lucy will begin to respond more and will try anything to raise a tiny smile.
‘I’ve told her that if she can talk to us, she can have a puppy,’ said Mrs Hinks.
‘Even if she just gave us a glimmer, that would be something.’
A spokeswoman at GlaxoSmithKline said: ‘Any suspected adverse reaction related to vaccination can be very distressing and we take these reports very seriously.
‘The UK medicines safety agency regularly reviews all reported suspected adverse events and has concluded that no new or serious risks have been identified during use of Cervarix in the UK, and that the balance of benefits and risks remains positive.’
Cumbria’s health authority says the cervical cancer jab used to immunise 60,000 girls in the county so far has a ‘strong safety record’.
‘She can whisper five words. She says “hurting”, “toilet”, “tablet”, “water” and, most of all, “Mum”‘
The dangers of the disease were highlighted by the death of reality TV star Jade Goody from cervical cancer.
A spokeswoman for NHS Cumbria said: ‘In the UK, about 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and about 1,000 die from it.
‘The HPV vaccine is designed to help protect young women from developing the human papilloma virus, one of the causes of cervical cancer.
‘The vaccine has been rigorously tested and a million doses have now been given in the UK.’
Lucy is not the first to have suffered devastating health effects apparently linked to the injection.
Rachel Attridge, then 17, was unable to move, speak or eat for four months, after she was struck down 18 months ago with Guillain-Barre Syndrome – a rare disease where the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system by mistake.
Her doctors told her they were ‘99.9 per cent sure’, the illness had been triggered by the cervical cancer jab.
In one of the most high-profile cases linked to the injection, though, Natalie Morton’s death – one hour after being given the jab – was judged to be nothing to do with the immunisation.
The 14-year-old died from an undiagnosed heart tumour

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Posted on November 14, 2011 by enerauthor

Paxil history/overview and a SSRI antidepressant

Paxil is a popular prescription drug which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and is usually given to combat depression. Paxil has been a very popular drug since its release as it has been one of the most widely prescribed drugs for its attended use. However Paxil’s brief history is not without its blemishes, studies have shown that Paxil has the potential to raise the chance for antidepressant suicide in some patients.

A 2005 study of Paxil was recently reviewed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who now warns the medication could cause a range of birth defects. The review states, that data was collected from over 3,500 women taking Paxil during the first 3 months of pregnancy.The medication has not been totally banned for pregnant women, though the warning was upped from Class C to Class D, meaning there is evidence the drug poses a known risk to unborn children. Although it is not recommended expecting mothers take Paxil, doctors may continue to prescribe it if the benefits for the mother outweigh the risk posed to the fetus.

Since its review of the study the FDA has made the following statement: “FDA is advising health care professionals to discuss the potential risk of birth defects with patients taking Paxil who plan to become pregnant or are in their first three months of pregnancy. Health care professionals should consider discontinuing Paxil (and switching to another antidepressant if indicated) in these patients.”

GSK has also recently changed the information on its website regarding Paxil since the review; a new warning on the site says: “Babies born to mothers who have taken antidepressants, including SSRIs such as Paxil, in the third trimester of pregnancy have reported complications, including difficulties with breathing, turning blue, seizures, changing body temperature, feeding problems, vomiting, low blood sugar, floppiness, stiffness, tremor, shakiness, irritability or constant crying. Tube feeding, help with breathing and longer hospitalization may be needed. There have also been reports of premature births in pregnant women exposed to SSRIs, including Paxil.”

A recent review by the FDA done on a 2005 study of Paxil has shown that the drug can potentially cause Paxil Birth Defects in babies born to mothers who took Paxil during pregnancy. If you would like to start using Paxil for your signs and symptoms of depression, consult with your doctor first.

SSRI Psychiatric Drugs : The Facts and the Evidence Mounting….

Mainstream psychiatry denies that SSRI anti-depressants can cause suicide, violence or homicide in some people. The Irish college of psychiatry, in particular, has repeatedly stated that “anti-depressants save lives“. From 2010 they also state the following…

Anecdotal cases of suicide sometimes mistakenly attribute these tragic events to the treatment rather than the illness itself. Also, people who are beginning to respond to antidepressant treatment may be more able, as energy and motivation returns, to act on suicidal thoughts that are inherent to their condition

So, basically Irish psychiatry is denying any link whatsoever to treatment, and blaming all suicidal ideation and acts of suicide on the individual. They are completely exonerating any blame attributed to drug treatment. They are defending psychiatric drugs without room for debate.

They state that “anecdotal cases” of SSRI related suicides are mistaken and therefore untrue.
What they mean by ‘anecdotal’ is the patients experiences of SSRI treatment. Therefore, they are invalidating the patient once again by diminishing their patient’s experience as merely ‘anecdotal’ and thus irrelevant.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of complaints, by psychiatric drug users, about these drugs worldwide. The Internet is frothing and bursting with case after case of ‘anecdotal’ evidence about the dangers of SSRI’s. Mainstream psychiatry (or Irish psychiatry here) chooses to dismiss this huge body of authentic evidence in its entirety.

Such arrogance astounds….

Irish psychiatry denies that SSRI’s can in any way induce violence or aggression and in particular they state that:

Antidepressants do not cause violence. Neither are they, nor can they be expected to be, an inoculation against violence. The alleged link between antidepressants and violence is partly based on observation of an ‘activation syndrome’, which includes agitation, irritability, impulsivity and akathisia.

“Akathisia is an unpleasant sense of inner restlessness that is often medication-related. It is an uncommon side effect of antidepressants, cited by some authors as a particular risk factor for violence. The leap from observing restlessness in an individual to imputing homicidal risk is a large one. No study has demonstrated a link between ‘activation syndrome’ and homicide or homicidality.”

Irish psychiatry states that there is no link between “akathisia” and violence, they also say that Akathisia is a rare side effect of SSRI treatment. GSK say in their leaflet for Seroxat that akathisia is likely to affect one in 1,000 people. But, GSK (and all pharmaceutical companies) do not test the effects of these drugs over long periods of time, and in the case of GSK, they have a history of skewing and manipulating trial data. Therefore, we cannot rely on the pharmaceutical companies for reliable data on “Akathisia” and its rate of occurrence anymore than we can rely on them for the truthful or accurate release of any data on side effects of any psychiatric drugs.

Irish psychiatry state that “Akathisia” is merely a state of restlessness. They downplay this side effect by deeming it as merely “unpleasant”, yet those “anecdotal” patients who have experienced “Akathisia” complain that not only is “Akathisia” an extreme state of restlessness, inner turmoil and impulsivity, but they also complain that it makes them very frightened, irrational, without reason, extremely distressed and terrified, aggressive and in some cases literally- driven out of their mind.

The 2006 UK study by Healy, Herxheimer, and Menkes observed that akathisia is often miscoded in antidepressant clinical trials as “agitation, emotional lability, and hyperkinesis (overactivity)”.[11] The study further points out that misdiagnosis of akathisia as simple motor restlessness occurs, but that this is more properly classed as dyskinesia. Healy, et al., further show links between antidepressant-induced akathisia and violence, including suicide, as akathisia can “exacerbate psychopathology.” The study goes on to state that there is extensive clinical evidence correlating akathisia with SSRI use, showing that approximately ten times as many patients on SSRIs as those on placebos showed symptoms severe enough to drop out of a trial (5.0% compared to 0.5%).

Recently, police in the UK have been warned (through their in-house Police magazine) about SSRI induced suicide and what to watch out for when this occurs…

For years now, Coroners across Britain and Ireland have been extremely concerned about SSRI induced suicide and homicides and open verdicts have become the norm when psychiatric drugs are involved in these types of tragedies….

Psychiatrists such as David Healy, Michael Corry, Joseph Glenmullen and Peter Breggin have been warning of the risks of SSRI drugs for decades, yet their voices are largely ignored within the psychiatric community… In fact, this dissent is often vilified and attacked by mainstream psychiatry…

SSRI’s have been implicated and highlighted in regards to Pilots and the aviation authorities are aware of the potential risks involved with SSRI’s….

Activist groups, psychiatric survivors, websites, blogs, youtube and various other sources of ‘anecdotal experience’ have been documenting the risks of violence, aggression and suicide from patients experiences of SSRI’s for years…


Mainstream Psychiatry denies that there are SERIOUS problems (such as aggression, violence and suicide) with the SSRI class of drugs..

Mainstream psychiatry disregards, ridicules and debases the opinions of patients, dissenting psychiatrists, doctors, coroners, police, aviation authorities and other groups who bring awareness about SSRI dangers to public consciousness…

Psychiatry claims that there is a depression epidemic, and that more and more people need to be treated with SSRI’s because psychiatry believes that “depression can be a fatal brain disease” …


On the Royal College of Psychiatry UK Website… it explicitly states that …

Antidepressants don’t necessarily treat the cause of the depression or take it away completely. Without any treatment, most depressions will get better after about 8 months.

So, on the one hand, psychiatry tells us that depression is a fatal brain disease that can result in death, but on the other it admits that “most depressions” will get better after about 8 months WITHOUT ANY TREATMENT…

If most depressions will get better without any treatment then surely depression is not as fatal nor as dangerous as psychiatry and the drug companies would have us believe it is?….

Pity we can’t say the same about the SSRI drugs though isn’t it?…

Because, quite clearly, all the evidence mounting proves otherwise..

Psychiatry induced suicide: Man on Anti-depressants Jumps in front of train..

The side effects of SSRI antidepressants include impulsivity, distorted thoughts/feelings and suicidal ideation amongst other things…

So why was a man, who was overburdened with financial stress, prescribed a mind altering drug?

Why was he not offered compassion, understanding and kindness?

Psychiatry kills yet again…

Top solicitor jumped in front of Tube train

Mr Buffoni’s wife Nicola, 50, said he had been taking anti-depressants for around a year before his death and had also been on prescription sleeping tablets, to which he feared he had become addicted.

In February he had asked to be admitted to a psychiatric treatment centre for his own safety, she told the court. Mrs Buffoni added: ‘His business had been hit by the recession and he was very concerned about our financial situation.

She said she feared the new medication could have been responsible for triggering suicidal impulses, but doctors told the inquest it had been given in accordance with guidelines.
Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe said there was insufficient evidence to record a verdict of suicide, and instead concluded Mr Buffoni had killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

The coroner said: ‘Mr Buffoni must have suddenly had some black thoughts.
‘He got off the train, waited for another train and jumped in from of that moving train and died instantly.

It does appear to have been a very impulsive, sudden and unexpected thought that passed through his brain.

Although there was a note it was written some time earlier and there doesn’t appear to have been any planning of this event whatsoever.’

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