Michelle McCann Took Seroxat For 20 Years…

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.”


July 23 2015

MichelleMcCann42-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.



  1. kiwi

    “She was suffering with depression and severe anxiety…” drug induced of course. (This was a woman who worked as a travel agent and ‘loved her job’).
    My guess is she was suffering ‘poop-out’. These are not forever poisons (they are actually for never poisons ) and the drug at some stage will throw you into withdrawal by default. I would say she was suffering withdrawal. Traumatizing ssri withdrawal. She was suffering drug induced blunt force trauma to the brain.
    “She was shaky and trembling.” Classic signs of akathisia a horrifying withdrawal symptom.
    “He told the inquest a nurse had told him that Michelle was better after taking new medication…” Sounds like it was the clueless old ‘CT and a switch’ maneuvre. This doesn’t always guarantee coverage of withdrawal.
    “On Monday of this week, coroner Paul Kelly recorded a verdict of suicide.”
    Kelly you are an incompetent appalling disgrace. This was not suicide this was iatrogenesis! (Personally i’d call it murder by the medical profession).

    Her doctor did a ‘Collins’, her family should do a ‘Luke Montagu’ and Kelly should read ‘Jakes amendment’ then get a new job!!
    Enough is enough!!
    RIP Michelle.

      • lisa

        I agree. Suicide gives the impression there were no external influences which is not true.
        My son was found not guilty due to non insane automatism in a court case. The verdict was down to proving that the abrupt withdrawal of an SSRI caused his mania and abnormal behaviour.
        I believe that there should be a verdict that Coroners can use in these circumstances which reflect the influence of these drugs on a person’s behaviour. Maybe to do with automatism. After what I witnessed with my son I know 100% that a person in the grip of this psychotropic drug induced mania does not know or care what they are doing and they have no control over their actions. The Coroners verdicts should reflect this instead of hiding the truth.
        My heart goes out to Michelles family. I know that if it wasn’t for my son being arrested so quickly I would be in their shoes now.
        Rest in Peace Michelle.

  2. kiwi

    Michelle may well have needed a 4-5 year taper to get off seroxat safely.
    To go quicker runs the risk of triggering full blown ssri withdrawal at which point ones life is turned into a living nightmare. Akathisia sets in and death becomes a welcome relief. It takes an unimaginable amount of strength and endurance to survive this and unless one has the insight that it is the drug and not them then it may be next to impossible to fight it.
    I consider it a miracle that i didn’t do a Michelle McCann, a Robin Williams or a Charlotte Dawson. I have no doubt that Luke Montagu would say the same as would the thousands of other survivors. For no-one knows a drug like the one who has taken it. Imo it is next to impossible for a non drugged brain to conceive of or imagine what akathisic trauma is like.

    Dr Candace Pert was the one who developed the ability to get these dreadful chemicals over the blood-brain barrier and her words are noted here:
    Without the work of Dr. Pert in discovering the opiate binding process the Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors would never have been born. With that in mind read what she had to say about them….

    Candace’s Infamous Statement & Profound Warning on Antidepressants

    Far too few who take antidepressants are aware of Candace and her work although they should be fully aware. In TIME Magazine, in October 1997 Dr. Candace Pert made one of the boldest and most significant statement on SSRI antidepressants ever made:
    “I am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug receptors 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems in some susceptible people after long-term use, which has become common practice despite the lack of safety studies.
    “The public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their action in the brain …”

    Note: There have been many who have regretted developing the medications they developed their apologies have come long after the drugs have been removed from the market. Never has a developer come out as strongly as Dr Candace Pert has.
    It is tragic that this statement from Dr Pert, for almost 20 years appears to have fallen on deaf ears.


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