My heart absolutely breaks when I read of cases like this. I can only imagine how utterly devastating it must have been for this woman to be addicted to Seroxat (Paxil) for 20 years. No doubt Michelle was initially probably not warned of side effects, dependence or withdrawal when she first went on the drug. None of us were warned in the 90’s and early 2000’s. The depression and anxiety which Seroxat induces is inhuman. It is only the last few years that we have seen the real truth about Seroxat’s devastating effects come to light. However there is still much we don’t know. The only way we can get the full information on Seroxat is through litigation against GSK. The Seroxat trial will likely be heard in the high court sometime over the next one to one and a half years or so, and I think it would be fitting for me to attend and blog about the proceedings. The family of Michelle McCann deserve to know the full story about Seroxat, and GSK will have to disclose the files which they have kept hidden for decades. I hope that the truth will out, and justice will prevail. RIP Michelle, and RIP to all those who died from Seroxat/Paxil induced suicide/homicide/violence over the past decades. As a Seroxat survivor it’s my duty to keep on blogging. There are many thousands of us Seroxat and SSRI survivors, and we won’t be silenced…
“She was suffering with depression and severe anxiety and was under the care of Grimsby-based mental health service Navigo at the time, having been admitted to its mental care facility Harrison House, in Peaks Lane, as an informal patient following several attempts to self-harm and take her own life, including overdosing on 40 paracetamol tablets.”
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July 23 2015
42-year-old Michelle McCann (right) died in hospital on New Year’s Day in 2014. She had jumped from the top floor of a multi-storey car park in Grimsby just five days earlier, landing on the roof of a car.
Michelle, who had been taking Seroxat for 20 years, had been admitted to a mental care facility as an informal patient following several attempts to self-harm and take her life. Two days after Christmas, Michelle was collected by her father Anthony, who said that he was surprised when nurses let her go out on her own without a carer with her.
Anthony told the inquest: “She was shaky and trembling.” He said he was surprised and told staff of his concern after a previous incident when she went out shopping on her own and later returned and cut herself.
Before taking his daughter into town, Anthony questioned staff as to whether she could go alone. He told the inquest a nurse had told him that Michelle was better after taking new medication and having had a good night’s sleep.
On Monday of this week, coroner Paul Kelly recorded a verdict of suicide.