MY INTENTION OF TELLING HER STORY IS NOT TO MAKE PEOPLE STOP, OR START TAKING MEDICATION, BUT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT THEY CARRY. in 2009 I PUT IT ALL TOGETHER..WHY? WHY? DID MY 25 YEAR OLD SISTER SUDDENLY TURN SUICIDAL? DECADES IN THE DARK…. WE WERE!! HAD WE KNOWN THE CONCEALED SIDE EFFECTS OF IMIPRAMINE MY SISTER WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY! SHE DIED SUDDENLY ON SEPT. 22 1981 CLICK THE LINK BELOW, AND TRAVEL BACK IN TIME WITH ME, NOT KNOWING IT WAS THE LAST SUMMER I WOULD SPEND WITH MY SISTER LORI. THE SEASON CHANGED TO FALL TIME, IT WAS SEPTEMBER 22, 1981. I WAS JUST STARTING 8TH GRADE. WHEN SUDDENLY HORROR STRUCK, AND ALL OF OUR LIVES WERE CHANGED FOREVER. READ THE SUMMARY OF LORI’S STORY: http://www.drugawareness.org/casereports/pre-ssri-case-reports/suspicious-suicide-of-sister NOT KNOWING THE CONNECTION FOR ALMOST 3 DECADES WAS UNBEARABLE. NOW THAT I DO KNOW AND THE LINK WAS MADE… I AM MAD AS HELL. WHAT WOULD DO? Warning today: Imipramine and Suicides: Suggestions Your healthcare provider should monitor you (or your child) carefully when you are first starting an antidepressant. You should also be watchful for any signs of suicidal behavior. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you (or your child) have any of the following: Thoughts about death or committing suicide Suicide attempts Depression or anxiety that is new or worse Agitation, restlessness, or panic attacks Trouble sleeping (insomnia) Irritability that is new or worse Aggressive, angry, or violent behavior Acting on dangerous impulses Unusually increased talking or activity Other strange changes in mood or behavior. I WITNESSED ALL OF THE ABOVE..AS YOU HAVE READ IN HER SUMMARY STORY. NEVER LINKING IT TO SIDE EFFECTS OF THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG SHE WAS TAKING AT THE TIME! Pharmacosis: * The first descriptions of a drug causing suicide came in 1955. A few years later in 1958 and again in 1959 the problem was described with imipramine. * Treatment induced suicide became a prominent media issue in 1990 with a paper by Teicher and Cole. *It was not until 2004 that regulators and companies conceded that these drugs can cause a problem. ** There are now 38 drugs!** Emergence of intense suicidal preoccupation during fluoxetine treatment. Teicher MH, Glod C, Cole JO. Source Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, MA.