The Pill That Steals Lives

This week myself and Tony abandoned the minors, left them in the care of the (sergeant) majors and took ourselves off to London. With promises of presents and various forms of bribery, they waved us off without a second glance – the deals were struck. With one condition - as long as we were back … Continue reading The Pill That Steals Lives

GSK and The Miracle Med – The Happy Horny Skinny Pill

An article in Sunday's Telegraph 'could antidepressants be ruining your sex life?' concerned the use of widely-prescribed SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and the associated loss of libido. The article rightly refers to statistics that estimate between 30-70 per cent of SSRI consumers will be affected with some form of sexual dysfunction - despite their much-argued efficacy. … Continue reading GSK and The Miracle Med – The Happy Horny Skinny Pill

Jake’s Amendment

16th July 2015 Imagine your 14 year old child being prescribed fluoxetine (Prozac), not for any 'mental illness' but to 'help with his exams'. Then imagine going to the local pharmacy and handing in that same prescription in exchange for a bottle of innocuous-looking liquid and being sent on your merry way to administer this … Continue reading Jake’s Amendment

And the mad shall inherit the earth..

Céad 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 … Continue reading And the mad shall inherit the earth..

Polypharmacy and 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 … Continue reading Polypharmacy and Elaine O’Hara

Who, When, Where and How..

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Why did you do it - choose to die?   Last week the Coroner for West Galway, Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin, conducted nine inquests in one day. What he found deeply disturbing was that seven of the deaths were self-inflicted. He said “Seven deaths, all bunched together. It is very alarming - … Continue reading Who, When, Where and How..

Knock Yourself Out!

Don’t say I never told you so! Last week we had yet another ‘mental health’ discussion on Irish TV which portrayed antidepressants as a cure-all for depression. The programme’s presenters stated that ‘it’s not a shameful thing anymore, to take antidepressants’. In fact it’s not actually a big deal to admit being on antidepressants because … Continue reading Knock Yourself Out!

Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy – SSRI Induced?

Yet again Ireland has suffered another horrific familicide. This time a retired couple, Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy from County Donegal, were found dead in their home. Their son Julian, a mechanical engineer, has been detained by Gardaí; an axe found at the family home is believed to be the murder weapon. The Irish Times reported that Julian Cuddihy had … Continue reading Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy – SSRI Induced?

George Werb, Another Iatrogenic Death?

How many dead children does it take before the medicine regulators take action? How many parents screaming 'STOP' will it take before this medication madness is banned? This week another inquest sheds light on the dangers of prescribing SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) to children. George Werb was 15 when he was admitted to the Priory Hospital … Continue reading George Werb, Another Iatrogenic Death?

Similarities in Ireland’s Siblicides

Barely 6 weeks after the awful tragedy in Sligo, where Shane Skeffington (20) killed his little brother Brandon (9) and himself, Ireland is once again dealing with a shocking murder/suicide involving young brothers. Jonathan O'Driscoll, aged 21, killed his twin brothers Thomas and Paddy (aged 9) and then himself, this time in Cork. The media are divided, one newspaper states that … Continue reading Similarities in Ireland’s Siblicides