Day 193

“Antidepressants (Citalopram) may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. An increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults (aged 18 to 24 years) with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders has been reported with short-term use of antidepressant drugs.”


My son was on Citalopram for the depressive phase of his illness for 4-6 weeks before Day 0. We could call it ‘short term use’. He was 20 years of age. He also had a major depressive disorder. The dose of Citalopram had been increased from 5 to 7.5 mg 2 days before Day 0. Were any side effects mentioned to me? No. Was he warned about this? No. Was he being monitored for this? No. Was he under specialist care? No. How many others out there are in the same situation? We don’t know. We do know that in some parts of UK, such as Blackpool, as many as 6 out of 10 people are on antidepressants.

Brain is the most poorly understood organ in the body. Hence it is not surprising that the drugs that are designed to treat a particular ‘brain disease’ might make it worse for a period of time.

“The bottom line is that rather than an enlightened and compassionate mental health system attending to the needs of our young, we have a dangerous and coercive system that stands impassive, not only in the face of repeated failures, but, unbelievably, of child deaths due to treatment.”

Jan Eastgate, International President Citizens Commission on Human Rights. USA.

Apparently it is not very different in America. Here is a detailed account:

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