SSRI Suicides: Dr Says – “It Tends To Be In Children And Adolescents”

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Doctor denies SSRI pills’ link to young mum’s death

09:58 15 May 2015

Toconoco, off Hertford Road

Toconoco, off Hertford Road

A young mum who was found hanging had been taking SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) anti-depressants, which have been linked with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts, an inquest heard.

Yuri Ito was found by her partner Akio Fukushima in the bathroom in their home in Dalston Lane on December 10 when he returned from work, after becoming concerned she was not answering his phone calls.

Ms Ito, a 29-year-old Japan-born photographer who ran Toconoco café in Hertford Road, had been to A&E six weeks earlier on October 30 suffering from anxiety.

The Homerton hospital psychiatrist believed the young mother, who was having difficultly adapting to life in the UK, was reacting to stress, and they agreed to proceed with SSRI antidepressant medication.

Some studies have shown that SSRIs may increase suicidal ideas in some patients, and many SSRIs carry black box warnings about the potential for increased suicide risk when starting the drugs.

Ms Ito next saw Dr Gary Marlow at the De Beauvoir Surgery in Hertford Road on November 11 after suffering severe panic attacks.

In a statement read out at Poplar Coroner’s Court, Dr Marlow said: “She was fearful of everything with no reason, she couldn’t get out of bed for the last two weeks.”

He “pushed up the dose” of the SSRI pill sertraline, and also prescribed Zopiclone to help her sleep.

She returned to see him on December 8, two days before her death, because she had run out sleeping tablets.

“She said she felt better and she could get out of bed, and take her daughter to school,” said Dr Marlow.

“It was a terrible shock and with a sad heart I found of her death.

“There were no obvious suggestions she had any suicidal thoughts. She has a three-year-old daughter and she was concerned for her and that she couldn’t care for her – I took this as a strong protective factor against any suicidal thoughts.”

He continued: “There have been suggestions that SSRIs may aggravate suicidal ideation, I don’t believe this to be the case here, it tends to be in children and adolescents.”

Coroner William Dolman said there was no evidence Ms Ito had deliberately intended to take her life and returned an open verdict.



  1. kiwi

    “We know these drugs increase the risk of suicide, in young people and up to the age of 40, according to FDA data , and we don’t really know what they do above the age of 40 because the drug companies have cheated so enormously in their randomized trials, so in the worst case these drugs might increase the risk of suicide in all age groups.” Gotzsche
    Well i can tell you if my experience is anything to go by the black box warning needs to be extended to beyond 50 yrs and i never felt like that prior to drugs and would have been the last person in the world to commit suicide. I know I’m not alone.

    2006 Ann Blake Tracy told AFP that anti-depressants are extremely addictive and that extreme care must be taken when a user begins to wean him or herself off of the medication. The dosage has to be reduced carefully and gradually and………
    the weaning period should be about half the time the person has been on the medication. Any abrupt changes in dosage can cause suicidal and homicidal reactions, Tracy said.
    “Two years ago,” she said, “the FDA issued warnings that abruptly changing the dose of the anti-depressant, whether going up or down in dose, can produce hostility, psychosis and/or suicide.

    Mr Marlow : “There have been suggestions that SSRIs may aggravate suicidal ideation, I don’t believe this to be the case here, it tends to be in children and adolescents.”
    ok Mr Marlow how do you explain the fact i was lying on the floor crying out to God to take me while i endured and had to suffer daily suicidal ideations for over 2 years in order to break free of an ssri drug. Never been suicidal prior to my druggery and i would be the last person in the world to commit suicide.
    Mr Marlow you take an ssri for a month then double the dose for the second then CT it dont worry about not tapering because as one doctor told me not being given a tapering schedule is minor issue.

    Zopiclone side effects, “psychological problems and behavioural changes including restlessness, agitation, irritability, aggression, delusion, anger, nightmares or hallucinations – seek medical advice if you experience psychological or behavioural changes”
    You can forget frequency ..we know how bad pharma are at maths!

  2. solo49

    “Mr Marlow : “There have been suggestions that SSRIs may aggravate suicidal ideation, I don’t believe this to be the case here, it tends to be in children and adolescents’.

    That’s some Freudian slip!.

    But what is the ‘it’ and/or poisonous ingredient(s) in these drugs that can cause an ‘it’ such as suicidal ideation to potentially emerge with such compelling force? These sorts of questions are not being answered.

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