Dr Terry Lynch – “Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance”

Terry Lynch Book

I’ve been lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of Dr Terry Lynch’s new book ‘Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance’. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t really aware of just what a privilege it actually was. Terry’s book is ground-breaking, brutally honest and totally unexpected – he pulls no punches. I have never read a more accurate or frank account of the myths surrounding ‘mental illness’, or indeed the acknowledgement that these myths were (and are) pushed by psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry and misinformed doctors. The ‘chemical imbalance’ mythology has been debunked many decades ago –  yet Irish psychiatry, Irish Medical professionals and Irish ‘mental health’ charities have yet to catch on.

He exposes the usual culprits, the ones who intentionally deceive and the unintentional misinformed ones. What hasn’t been exposed before and what he does with much precision and skill, is the enormous misinformation dispensed by Irish ‘mental health’ charities. He exposes these so-called mental health ‘expert’ groups for what they actually are and why consequently, they are a dubious waste of tax-payers money.

Professor Patricia Casey naturally gets a mention. Following an article she wrote referring numerous times to depression being ‘biological’, he asked her to provide the scientific research that proves her claim. Her reply suggested he “purchase any of the postgraduate textbooks on psychiatry, where he will find a myriad of references to same.” It seems to me that Casey, revered in Ireland as one of our country’s top psychiatric experts, is everything that is wrong within psychiatry today. A dinosaur who bites your head off when you have the audacity to challenge her. I can feel her solicitor’s pen poised and ready for action as we speak.

Professor Casey is not alone. Pushing misinformation on the masses, whether unintentional or not, is rampant in Ireland. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the more recognizable (albeit sometimes unwitting) Irish culprits that Dr Lynch mentions: Vincent Brown, Marian Keyes, Harry Barry, Siobhan Barry, Garreth O’Callaghan, Mary McEvoy and Ray Darcy. Sean Duke, described as a science journalist, is frequently heard on East Coast Radio; he is also exposed for pushing the chemical imbalance myth as fact onto Leinster’s listeners. It comes as no surprise that Dr Harry Barry also gets a mention. You remember Dr Barry, the one who stated “when you take anti-depressants, they work from the bottom of the brain up. When you engage in talk therapy, it works from the front of the brain down”. If these drugs weren’t so dangerous, I might even find the latter amusing.

Aware and Spunout, the high profile Irish ‘mental health’ charities are also ‘named and shamed’ for promoting the falsehood of the chemical basis for depression. Considering the huge governmental funding these charities get, this basic misinformation can never be justified (I have previously tried and failed to inform Spunout of the error of their ways). The UK’s MIND and Rethink are also exposed as fundamentally flawed, by misinforming the very people they are supposed to be helping.

The naming and shaming of these organisations and ‘experts’ is an initial step towards toppling the idiocy which forms the basis of the public’s perception of depression. Dr Terry Lynch takes one brave step for mankind – it remains to be seen whether this book will rock the very foundations of ‘depression’ and ‘mental illness’ as we know it, but I think that it just might.

This fabulous book is a must for everyone who believes that they are suffering from a brain chemical imbalance (an unwitting Bressie springs to mind). Dr Lynch is one very brave man to take on the so-called ‘experts’ in this forthright manner. It’s a David and Goliath situation. Will the truth win out? Is this generation ready to see that the so-called ‘experts’ are in fact philistines? I sure hope so! Huge respect to Dr Terry Lynch for this much-needed exposé. His book is out in September and I look forward to the fall-out. ‘Depression Delusion Volume One: The Myth of the Brain Chemical Imbalance’ is most definitely a keeper.

By the way, myself and the bold Bobby Fiddaman get a mention on page 115; Dr Lynch has certainly made one Sallynoggin woman smile.



Well what an amazing day it is for Ireland as the same-sex marriage referendum gets underway. Let’s just hope that Irish people see sense and vote for equality for every Irish citizen, not just us Hetro Homo sapiens. There’s a lovely, though heart-wrenching article in today’s Irish Indo, by a dad whose son happens to be gay ‘I laughed along with the homophobic chatter...’

This one’s not about dead people for a change. It’s about a normal week in my possibly (or not) abnormal life. Who defines ‘normal’ anyway?

Well, we’ve had some hilarious times this week in this madhouse we call home. As usual the bold husband who’s a bit of a klutz, has kept us amused. He is one seriously funny man; albeit a reluctant and unwitting comedian. Having tripped yesterday over an oversized set of drawers (no smart remarks please) that I recently purchased, he narrowly missed catapulting through the window. Sadly, I don’t have it on video, or the disgusted look on his face as we fell about laughing. You’ll be glad to hear he’s got over the indignation phase and has grudgingly acknowledged his part in the hilarity. The chest of drawers though didn’t fare quite so well and is now being re-sold; I had to concede that despite its undeniable beauty, it just didn’t bloody fit. I’ll remember it with fondness though.

Despite the merriment of husband-induced laughter, It has to be said that I’m rapidly turning into a female version of Victor Meldrew, a Victoria Meldrew. Even a mundane visit to the hardware shop can prove to be a frazzled affair. Yesterday, as the sun shone down for one of its few appearances of the year so far, I decided that it would be quite nice to have an outside umbrella; the previous one having blown off to some distant land another summer’s day.

So off I toddled to the local hardware and after much dithering over the choice of colours, I chose a lovely green one, complete with concrete stand which I was reliably informed weighed 15 kilos; fabulous, this wouldn’t blow away in a hurry. The cashier was a strapping young fella aged about 20. Once money changed hands, this perfectly able-bodied specimen of a man preceded to avoid my gaze for fear of having to lift the aforementioned 15 kilos to the car, which was parked in full view outside the shop window. Now while I’m actually quite capable of lifting and transporting heavy objects myself and if he had offered I’d have say “no, sure it’s grand thanks. I’m just parked outside”, the fact is he didn’t. So as Mrs Meldrew would have it, I huffed and puffed and made a big scene about lifting my now ‘bought and paid for’ concrete parcel; he turned away feigning oblivion. So I waited and waited and waited for him to eventually make eye contact, whereupon I stated in as loud a voice as possible “I’ll carry this to the car myself then shall I?” Goosfraba, Goosfraba. Where’s the anger management classes when you need one? I then laughed heartily all the way home remembering the indignant look on his face.

Whatever happened to chivalry and good manners? Before anyone points to my previous reference to ‘equality’, it’s not a gender issue; I have happily helped many a delivery driver (usually male) with their heavy products. Are we failing to instil basic human decency into this generation? Either I’m getting grumpy in my dotage or there’s a seriously contagious jobsworth epidemic in Ireland. It should be noted that it’s a rare occurance in Wicklow though and most shopkeeping Wicklowites are perfectly helpful and charming.

Now off to find some new drawers..

Victoria x

Kenneth Beazley

Kenneth Beazley

An inquest this week heard how Kenneth Beazley (80), a ‘handsome and debonair’ man, was prescribed a bacteriostatic antibiotic fusidic acid in conjunction with statin medication, which proved fatal.

In December of last year Mr Beazley presented with a sore knee to his doctor of over 30 years, Dr Peter Morahan. After a consultation with orthopaedic surgeon Dr Richard Creedon, it was decided that Mr Beazley should take a fusidic acid antibiotic. He was admitted to hospital in January suffering from ‘decreasing mobility issues and muscle weakness’ and died a short time later from a cardiac arrest. Speaking at the inquest, Dr Morahan stated “he was not aware of any problems with prescribing fuisdic acid antibiotics to a patient on statins”. He said in his 35 years as a GP he had never heard of the potentially fatal interaction between the two drugs.

So who is to blame for Mr Beazley’s death? The fact is he died from the medical treatment he received – an iatrogenic death (Induced by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy). Medical misadventure was found to be the cause of death. Despite the doctor being unaware of interactions, the Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane stated that she had previously issued a warning about the usage of statin medication in combination with fusidic acid. In 2008, a 58 year old man, John Devereux, presented to his GP with an infected toe. He died the following month from a ‘horrific muscle-eating condition’ due to being prescribed the same medication combination as Mr Beazley. The jury at Mr Devereux’s inquest returned a verdict of ‘death by misadventure’ and recommended that “the drug information about both Lipitor and Fusidic Acid be reviewed by the manufacturers involved” and further, that “doctors review the use of anti-cholesterol treatments with chronically ill patients who are taking other strong medications”. At that time the Irish Medicines Board (renamed HPRA) were reportedly ‘looking into’ Mr Devereux death and three other similar Irish cases. In 2013, Mr Deveraux’s wife Margaret took an action against the HSE for negligence and breach of their duty of care, for failure to recognise that the combination of Lipitor and fusidic acid could cause the onset of  a muscle break down condition (rhabdmoloysis). The action was settled by the HSE for a measly €45,000.

So why then can doctors be unaware of the terrible consequences of prescribing both, an issue that has seemingly been publicised for decades?

Can doctors really be unaware that the EMA (European Medicine’s Agency) issued a warning in 2011 against prescribing Statins with a Fusidic acid antibiotic? Can they be unaware that the UK’s HPRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) recommended when prescribing both, that “Patients should be closely monitored” and “temporary suspension of simvastatin treatment may be considered”?  What about the HPRA warning that treatment with statins and fusidic acid are contraindicated? It’s expressly stated on the SPC (Summary of Product Characteristics for doctors).

In 2010, Dublin’s Beaumont hospital found that following the deaths of 3 patients taking fusidic acid and statins –” fatal complications may be relatively high“. So why are doctor’s seemingly so uneducated on the adverse effects of prescribing certain medications, particularly as Ireland’s increasing polypharmacy is becoming more and more acceptable?

Following Mr Devereux’s death in 2008, his consultant nephrologist Dr Michael Clarkson said although he was unaware at that time that atorvastatin reacted with fucidic acid, following a consultation with colleagues he found there had been three other fatal cases in Ireland. They reported all four Irish cases to the Irish Medicines Board and said “it was no longer the practice at Cork (University Hospital) to co-prescribe fucidic acid and statins to patients”. 

There seems to be a lack of communication between the various regulators and the medical profession. Will the deceased patient be blamed once again for not reading the PIL (patient Information Leaflet), or will the doctor’s get a slap on the wrist from the Medical Council for not observing the following and consequently killing their patient? RIP to Mr Beazley, Mr Devereax and all victims of iatrogenesis.

Fudicin Warning

Fudicin Warning











LEO Pharma PIL

EMA Warning

HPRA Warning

Beaumont Hospital Findings

Irish Times Article

RTE Article

Irish Independent

Fucidin SPC 

 ISMN 2012 Warning

An Irish Epidemic: Suicide and Homicide on Antidepressants

This article was initially written for RxISK (independent drug safety website) and published on 17/March/2015.

Medication Madness?

Medication Madness?

 An Irish Epidemic: Suicide and Homicide on Antidepressants

Leonie Fennell – March 2015

Ireland is currently in the midst of an unprecedented suicide/homicide epidemic. Parents are uncharacteristically killing their children; husbands are killing their wives; brothers are killing their brothers; mothers are killing themselves and their babies, all at an alarming rate.

Dr Michael Curtis, Deputy State Pathologist, recently said

“I’m sure it has happened sporadically before, but the frequency and regularity of what we’re seeing (familicides) seems to be a phenomenon of recent years. We’re seeing it on a regular basis…”

So what is being done to stop this terrible phenomenon? Grand psychiatric words such as familicide, infanticide, siblicide and Parricide attempt to bring some clarity to these tragic incidences but provide little explanation. The media frenzy which follow these deaths largely focuses on the ‘mental health’ of the perpetrator, with the financial position of the more mature perpetrator usually offered up as another causal factor. A useless exercise – following a long Irish recession, families without money worries are actually the exception rather than the Rule.

Every conceivable deed or departure from routine, points as proof that he/she was ‘losing the plot’ before the incident occurred. The ‘mental health’ aspect is then widely discussed, usually ending with recommendations that vulnerable people should seek help. But what if the ‘help’ that a vulnerable person received is actually causing these tragic incidents?

Last year Ireland saw a huge number of these family killings. In Sligo, Shane Skeffington (20) killed his little brother Brandon (9) and then himself. This article in the Evening Herald stated that Shane

“had been receiving psychiatric treatment in a mental hospital just days before the tragedy happened”.

Six weeks later, this time in Cork, Jonathan O’Driscoll, aged 21, killed his twin brothers Thomas and Paddy (again aged 9) and then himself. The Irish Independent described him here as a

‘troubled youth on medication for mental health’.

Last month Michael Greaney, aged 53, killed his wife and attempted to kill his daughter. He then killed himself. After a spell in psychiatric services he was deemed as posing ‘no risk’ to his family. A psychiatrist recommended that he be allowed to return home, no doubt with a prescription filled for some psychiatric drug or other. The Herald stated here that friends

“expressed fears that the glass of wine (he had earlier) may have reacted with his medication to drastically alter his mood”.

What seems shocking, to me at least, is that all of these cases involved knifes. Another common denominator in every one of these cases, is that the perpretrators were receiving recent ‘care’ from irish psychiatric services. By its very nature, particularly in Ireland, the ‘care’ provided involved psychiatric drugs. That these drugs double the risk of suicide and violence, can lead to mania, psychosis, worsening depression and akathisia, is almost always overlooked. Experts say that the most dangerous times are when starting, discontinuing or changing dose (up or down).

When Anna Byrne, a woman heavily pregnant with twins, jumped off Howth Head killing herself and her two unborn boys, the fact that her medication had been recently changed wasn’t seen as a mitigating factor. Despite this report in the Irish Independent that Anna was deemed to be “low risk given that she did not indicate that she was suicidal and had made future plans”, her psychiatrist doubled her dose of Sertraline (aka Zoloft and Lustral), a few days before she jumped to her death.

Much discussions followed about mental health in pregnancy, which only seemed to push vulnerable pregnant women towards the same ‘care’ which may effectively have killed Anna and her boys. The teratogenic effect of these drugs didn’t enter the equation and shockingly, Sertraline was described as “a commonly used antidepressant during pregnancy”.

As I write this, Jane Braidwood, a 65 year old mental health professional, was stabbed to death in Dunlaoghaire, Co. Dublin. Her 31 year old son, Fionn, has been arrested by Gardaí in connection with the killing. The Irish Mirror reported that he is understood to have suffered from serious mental health issues. I can only guess, considering Mrs Braidwood’s profession, that her son also had access to medication.

You may ask why I feel I’m such an expert – how can I make such blatant accusations, how can I can be so sure?

In 2009 my son Shane, aged 22, killed another young man and then himself. Despite the media looking for every possible mitigating factor, there weren’t any. He didn’t have any ‘mental illness’, didn’t drink alcohol, didn’t do drugs and was a model student. In fact he was known by his lecturers as ‘An Chroí mor’ (Irish for ‘the big heart’). Shane was sad; he had broken up with his girlfriend some months beforehand and was struggling to move on. I insisted that he should see a doctor and lo and behold, Shane was prescribed Citalopram (aka Celexa and Cipramil). 17 days later my lovely son killed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend by stabbing him once; he then killed himself, also by stabbing (19 times). Two others were also injured that night.

We struggled to understand how sensible, kind Shane could harm anyone, never mind himself. We read many clearly made-up media articles all pointing the finger; Shane was guilty, guilty, guilty. Journalists mentioned cocaine, alcohol and even other unsolved deaths in relation to my son. One journalist said that Shane was from a working class background trying to ingratiate himself into the middle classes. Another quoted a Catholic priest as saying Shane’s action were ‘pure evil’. From very early on, Irish psychiatry (as a whole) bombarded the media with letters defending their medical model. Well-known psychiatrist Patricia Casey even posthumously diagnosed Shane on national TV, stating she didn’t think it was the Citalopram that caused Shane’s actions, rather she thought it was the ‘mental illness he was suffering from’.

Strange then that a jury of normal people rejected a suicide verdict – a fact which upset Irish psychiatry enormously. They continued to vehemently defend the drugs, even going as far as contradicting the Coroner, questioning his ability to do his job.

Cohesive opinion within Ireland’s psychiatric services on these family killings, seem patchy and fragmented. In 2009 Professor Denis Gill stated that

“Interpretation and speculation would suggest that post-natal depression, reactive depression, mental illness … were factors in some of these incidents”.

Paul Gilligan, chief executive of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin, has an opposing view. He recently stated that these murder-suicides are

“not typically associated with mental health difficulties”  & these incidents “require a great deal more premeditation and planning” than suicide alone.

Mr Gilligan overlooked one very important factor. If these men did not suffer from any mental health issues, then any drugs prescribed to them were wrongly prescribed. Therefore, it is surely conceivably that any psychiatric drugs prescribed in error, could have actually caused more harm than good?

I believe with all my heart that the mental health ‘care’ these people received is to blame for these deaths. I am not alone; Jake McGill Lynch was 14 when he was prescribed Prozac to ‘help with his exams’. The following month he took a rifle that he used recreationally (being a member of a nearby gun-club) and shot himself through the head. His parents were never told that Prozac could cause suicidality in young people or that this drug had a black box warning in the United States. Following Jake’s death, his parents Stephanie and John have been campaigning to increase the warnings here, so that no other young boy or girl is driven to their deaths by these drugs. On the issue of informed consent (or lack of), his mother said

“who in their right mind would give this drug to their child knowing that it could cause suicide?”

I believe that these deaths were preventable. I believe that further deaths are also absolutely preventable. I believe it’s not rocket science. But does the Government care enough?  Does the Church care enough? Has Ireland lost its soul?

Kathleen Olive Florence Blain

What I imagine Kathleen looked like.

What I imagine Kathleen looked like.

Kathleen Olive Florence Blain was aged 79. She was described as having a ‘relatively uncomplicated medical history’ prior to 2011 when she suffered from a stroke. The following account of Kathleen’s ‘treatment’ is from the recently released inquest report into her death. Thankfully Kathleen is no longer suffering the indignity of this enforced ‘care’.

31 May 2011 – Kathleen had a stroke while at home and was transferred to hospital. While being treated in Hospital she had a non ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (mild heart attack).

9 June 2011 – Kathleen was transferred to a Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.

Records state that Kathleen began to withdraw and would not to engage with those around her, particularly health professionals. She would deliberately close her eyes and not answer their questions, or would provide monosyllabic answers. She also began to refuse most food and drink and occasionally her medication. She expressed sadness and, on occasions, she expressed a desire to die. Kathleen was diagnosed with depression and medicated accordingly.

9 June 2011 – 11 June 2011 Kathleen was put on mirtazapine.

17 June 2011 – 22 June 2011 she was then put on citalopram.

From 23 June 2011 – 5 July 2011 Kathleen’s dosages were increased.

6 July 2011 – 15 July 2011 dosages were further increased.

Late July 2011 increased again to ‘optimal’ level.

The inquest report states that despite the dosages being at an ‘optimal’ level, Kathleen was still depressed and the citalopram was not considered to be working.

The ‘experts’ then decided to switch the SSRI citalopram to an SNRI. A ‘step down’ program was introduced to wean Kathleen from citalopram.

28 July 2011 – Kathleen was started on desvenlafaxine (a derivative of venlafaxine/Effexor).

31 July 2011 – Kathleen began refusing to take her medication. As desvenlafaxine could not be crushed up, a decision was made to switch to venlafaxine (administered through a feeding tube).

August 2011 – October 2011 Effexor was gradually increased until it was at its maximum dose. The inquest report states – “it appeared to be ineffective”.

As Kathleen’s ‘depression’ seemed to be ‘resistant to pharmacological treatment’ her doctor then considered electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

31 August 2011 – an application was made to the Guardianship Board for permission to give Kathleen ECT.

1 September 2011 – the Guardianship Board granted an order for 12 treatments of ECT.

30 September – Kathleen was subjected to ECT.

5 October – Kathleen was subjected to ECT.

7 October – Kathleen was subjected to ECT.

10 October – Kathleen was subjected to ECT

12 October – Kathleen was subjected to ECT.

Death – 14 October 2011

After each ‘treatment’ of ETC it was reported that “Mrs Blain suffered no ill effects”. Despite this, on 14th October Kathleen was dead. The cause of death was found to be from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and acute pulmonary oedema (caused by heart failure).

In summing up, Coroner Mark Frederick Johns stated “I consider that Mrs Blain’s medical treatment at the Repatriation General Hospital was appropriate at all times and I have no recommendations to make in this case”.

28 March 2012 – 5 months after Kathleen died the FDA issued a drug-safety letter regarding citalopram heart risks. The warning recommended that citalopram should no longer be used in doses greater than 40 mg per day, as it could cause potentially dangerous abnormalities in the electrical activity of the heart, up to and including death. For people over 60, the recommended dose was reduced to 20mgs. The warning further provided that Citalopram is not recommended in patients with existing heart problems, including with Kathleen’s condition – recent acute myocardial infarction.

The treatment forced on Kathleen was quite literally, shocking. That the coroner thought Kathleen’s treatment was ‘appropriate’ at any time, is even more shocking. In my opinion Kathleen was abused. She was subjected to the worst form of elder abuse, done in the name of ‘treatment’ by health professionals, whom Kathleen’s family entrusted with her ‘care’. The FDA warning letter was too little, too late. There is no doubt that future generations will look back on the ‘medicalisation of normal’ and wonder why we let this happen. Kathleen had a stroke and a heart attack – she was entitled to feel depressed. She did not need to be forcibly restrained in order to be drugged into oblivion and given shock therapy.

The revolution has begun – Rest in peace Kathleen Olive Florence Blain.

FDA Warning Letter.

Inquest Report.

And the mad shall inherit the earth..

Mad IrishCéad míle fáilte mo thóin. Apologies to all you Gaeilgeoirí – “Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Bearla cliste”.

Today the Irish Independent published an article which was just ‘shockin altogether’! Sure aren’t we Irish just plain feckin mad? The article confirms what we suspected all along, that over half of Ireland’s youth “may have a form of mental health disorder“. Now pardon my stupidity but more than 50% of anything then becomes the majority, doesn’t it? So if over half of our young population have a ‘mental disorder’, does that mean that ‘mental illness’ is now the norm?

Now there’s a further issue here, as the study was done in young people from schools in north Dublin, I wonder if it’s just northsiders who are mad – does it apply to my strange relations in Sallynoggin or are they in fact just bordering on insanity? Even worse, is it viral and will it spread out here to the friendly Wicklowites? Is that why the Stenaline axed the Dunlaoghaire to Hollyhead ferry, not because of any ‘ loss of revenue’ but instead to stop the spread of lunacy? It seems to be spreading at an incredible rate – considering in October 2013 (according to the Herald), ‘mental illness’ only affected 2 young people in 10, and now it’s spiralled to over 5 in 10.

The Independent article states that “Other research shows that the family is central to the young person’s mental health” – so therefore, surely the Dubs must be doing a shockin shite job at parenting? The same article references the College of Psychiatry of Ireland as underlining “the importance of ‘early intervention’ in order to try to give young people the best chance to get on with having full, productive and normal lives”. This is where it gets seriously ridiculous (or ridiculously serious). How early is too early for Irish psychiatry’s medical model?

Yesterday, amid the furore of Jeremy Clarkson and other important worldly news, a small article in the ‘Torquay Herald Express’ mentioned early intervention. The first line stated “authorities are to be asked to confirm the number of children in Torbay who are prescribed the anti-depressant Prozac”. The article referred to Councillor Julien Parrott and his fears for the number of 5 year olds (and older) being prescribed the antidepressant Prozac. I kid you not (no pun intended).

Early intervention? Prozac doubles the risk of suicide, doubles the risk of violence, comes with a black-box warning in the US and another EU warning for the emergence of suicidality.

Early intervention? Parents should be aware that the ‘early intervention’ programme is widely attributed to an Irish psychiatrist Patrick McGorry (living in Australia). In 2011 he found himself in hot water amid complaints that a study he was carrying out was unethical. 13 Australian and international experts lodged a formal complaint against him to stop this dubious drug trial from proceeding. The controversial study, which involved giving antipsychotic drugs to children as young as 15, was then aborted.

I believe that so-called ‘early intervention’ leads to the dangerous drugging of innocent children and to more deaths. Do we really believe that the majority of Irish children are inherently mentally ill?

C’mon – Leave our kids alone.  Fág ár páistí mar atá siad.







Polypharmacy and Elaine O’Hara

Elaine O'Hara

Elaine O’Hara, age 36.

Elaine O’Hara, a childcare and newsagent worker, was discharged from St Edmondsbury psychiatric unit on the 22nd of August 2012. Following a visit to her mother’s grave later that day, she went missing; it was the last time she was seen alive. At that time, due to her psychiatric history, her family though she had probably taken her own life. Her body was found the following year (Sept 2013) in the Dublin Mountains by a woman out walking her dog. Following a lengthy police investigation it transpired that Elaine was having an alleged sadomasochistic relationship with Graham Dwyer, a 42 year old architect from Foxrock in Co. Dublin. Although the cause of Elaine’s death has not been established, Mr Dwyer is currently on trial for her murder. According to the Irish Independent, their relationship was based on ‘BDSM’ – bondage, domination, sadomasochism, and masochism. Whether this man is guilty of Elaine’s murder (or not) remains to be determined by the Irish judiciary.

The Irish media are having a field day, initially portraying Elaine O’Hara as a very vulnerable yet intelligent woman; now it seems that her death is viewed as a media free-for-all, a no-holes-barred media circus. What struck me as really sad in this very peculiar case, is that Elaine herself seems to have been put on trial. Every aspect of her life, every lifestyle choice has been examined, scrutinised and then widely publicized for a further round of public analyses. There seems to be a general consensus that Elaine’s relationship with this man (and his sadistic fetishes) somehow veered towards an acquiescence of sorts. People naturally wonder how Elaine O’Hara could go out with this man, who according to media reports, had a sadistic penchant for inflicting pain on women.

Early difficulties –

Media reports say that Elaine’s difficulties started in her teens when she was bullied in school and a close friend of hers died in a road accident. Sadly, this then led to Elaine being treated under irish psychiatric ‘care’ and consequently medicated accordingly. She became very withdrawn and tried to cut her wrists at age 16. According to her father she had been medicated very heavily from the time she was a teenager and this affected their relationship – “she was hard going sometimes”. He said Elaine was on so much medication that she would sometimes fall asleep. He further stated that this had affected her in her teenage and early adult years. Considering this cocktail of mind altering drugs, is it really a surprise that Elaine would make some dubious decisions?

Elaine was released from a psychiatric Hospital the same day she went missing. That same day she collected 10 medications from her local pharmacy for athsma, diabetes, anxiety, depression, a stomach problem, vertigo and an added one for cholesterol. Which medical experts allowed this polypharmacy to continue; why did no-one put a stop to it?

Her sister Anne described Elaine as a ‘naive’ person who would “tell a man on the street her life story”. She said Elaine’s psychological difficulties meant that she ‘acted quite young’ and “she never really grew up as much as the rest of us, she was very naive, very trusting of people”. Psychologist Sheila Hawkins (partner of Elaine’s father) said “I placed her emotional development around the age of 15”. Ms Hawkins said she was aware of Elaine’s interest in sado-masochism and there was further evidence in court of a latex bodysuit being discovered. A work colleague testified that everything Elaine said had to be taken “with a pinch of salt”. She further stated “You wouldn’t know what was true or what wasn’t true”. How very sad that every single element of this woman’s life is under scrutiny; the question is, who is on trial here?

Polypharmacy –

So what about the ten medications she was on? Which doctor added in the 10th drug? Which medical expert said “Righty ho Elaine, how many drugs are you on? Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven, not eight but nine prescription drugs. Okay so, let’s add in another one for good measure and that might solve your problems” . Were any of these prescribers experts in Pharmacology or psychopharmacology? Did any have a clue as to how these ten different drugs could interact? Does anyone actually care?

It seems there was a point where at least one doctor wanted to reduce her drug regime. Her father said that in her last five years “doctors were trying to reduce her medications and he thought she had improved quite a bit”. Despite this, the Irish Independent reported that ‘in the two years before her disappearance, the cost of the medication dispensed by her local pharmacy was €8,417’. Is it any wonder that this woman would allow herself to be moulded and coached by a dangerous man? She was medicated to within an inch of her life or arguably, within an inch of her death. It actually surprises me that she was able to function after consuming these drugs, never mind function coherently.

In my opinion, whether this man is found guilty or not, Elaine was abused in life by our Irish acceptance of the ‘medical experts’ and their ridiculous polypharmacy. Following her death, she and her family are now being abused by the media’s very public portrayal of every aspect of Elaine’s very short life. Would she have gone anywhere near this man or this lifestyle if she wasn’t medicated to the gills with dangerous mind altering drugs? That is quite possibly the one question the media are not prepared to ask.