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    Do we have a day to recognize the people who died because of psychiatry, and if not, why not?

    I have not been to any protests as they are too far away, does anyone ever read off the names of people who are known to have died because of psychiatry at protests?

    I think it’s important that these people become widely recognized. Is there a memorial in Germany for those people who were killed in camps because they were “mentally ill”? Are there any memorials anywhere else in the world for people who died because of psychiatry?

    In other words, where is our history?


    GOOD IDEA, We need a list of names .


    A Tamarac mother sued Fort Lauderdale Hospital and a psychiatrist who worked there, saying they overmedicated her teenage son with a cocktail of mental health drugs — some of which have not been approved for the treatment of children.

    Emilio was found slumped over in his room at Fort Lauderdale Hospital — where he was being treated against his will — with blood dripping from his mouth or nose, Tringali said. He was taken by ambulance to Broward General Hospital, where he slipped into a coma. The teen died March 29, 2003.


    Punjwani had also been treating 7-year-old Gabriel Myers, a foster child who had been prescribed several psychiatric drugs before he hanged himself in April


    Between 1990 and 2000 there were 186 deaths from methylphenidate reported to the FDA MedWatch program, a voluntary reporting scheme, the numbers of which represent no more than 10 to 20% of the actual incidence.
    9/1/1985-3/20/00 Our 14-year-old Son Died from Ritalin Use


    Well it looks like it’s down to you and me Copy_cat. I wasn’t aware of any of the situations you posted. This is so upsetting. I started to look some up and have found many others in the process.

    189. Sara Carlin

    “On May 6, 2007, Sara Carlin, a beautiful 18-year-old girl with everything to live for, grabbed a piece of electrical wiring, fashioned a crude noose and hanged herself in the basement of her parents house while under the influence of the antidepressant drug Paxil (Seroxat in the UK). Paxil/Seroxat is an antidepressant documented by international drug regulatory agencies as causing worsening depression and suicide particularly in children and young adults.”

    (see: )

    190. Rebecca Riley

    “At 2 ½ years of age Rebecca Riley was diagnosed by psychiatrist Kayoko Kifuji to have ADHD and bipolar disorder. She was deemed ‘brain-diseased’/ ‘chemically imbalanced’ and in need of the chemical balancers— Clonidine, Depakote, and Seroquel,— an especially poisonous antipsychotic. When she died at 4, it was said she was overdosed with clonidine by her parents, Carolyn and Michael Riley, —both of them recently convicted of her murder. Not only did organized psychiatry and her psychiatrist—, Dr. Kifuji, get off scot-free but with clonidine blamed for her death, Depakote, Seroquel and most of the pharmaceutical industry, got a pass, as well. ”

    (see: )

    191. Phil Hartman

    ” On May 28, at about 2:30 a.m., Brynn Hartman returned home from a night out with a female friend. As Sean and his sister, Birgen, slept in their rooms, Brynn entered the master bedroom and shot her sleeping husband three times. Four hours later, with police in the house and friends listening outside, Brynn lay down on the bed next to Phil’s body and pulled the trigger once more, killing herself.

    How could this happen? Why did a woman who was, by all accounts, a devoted and protective mother, deprive her children of their parents? In the days after the killings, the tabloids and mainstream press ruminated over the problems in the couple’s often stormy relationship, speculating that Phil was preparing to leave her, or that she had relapsed into an old cocaine addiction. People magazine reported that she had recently started drinking again after 10 years of near-sobriety and had checked into an Arizona rehab clinic earlier in the year. Indeed, toxicology reports cited in press accounts indicate that at the time she died, Brynn Hartman had both cocaine and alcohol in her system.

    But the couple’s family and their lawyers have another answer: Zoloft made her do it.

    In late May 1999, one year after the deaths, attorneys for the Hartmans’ estate and children filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant that makes Zoloft, a new-generation antidepressant similar to Prozac. The suit contends that Brynn Hartman’s violent outburst was caused by a rare but previously documented side effect of the medication that left her agitated, jittery and “out of touch with reality.” It is one of more than 170 wrongful death lawsuits filed against the makers of these new antidepressants since Prozac first hit the market 12 years ago.”

    (see: )

    192. Brynn Hartman

    See above.

    193. Unnamed relative of the Hartmans

    I can’t find a source for this now but there used to be a video on youtube with Dr. Ann Blake Tracy in which she discusses the Hartman case. She I believe testified as part of the court case against the drug manufacturer. If I recall one of the Hartman’s relatives killed themselves because of a drug withdrawal. They stopped a psychiatric drug abruptly after learning what had been behind the Hartman murder/suicide, which led to severe drug withdrawal effects which ended with their suicide.

    194. Heath Ledger

    “Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Diazepam, Temazepam, Alprazolam, and Doxylamine,” said an announcement released Wednesday morning by office spokeswoman Ellen Borakove.

    (see:,,20176284,00.html )

    195. Michael Jackson

    “On June 25, 2009, at age 50, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse, and that he administered CPR on Jackson’s bed to no avail. After a call was placed to 9-1-1 at 12:21 P.M., Jackson was treated by paramedics at the scene and was later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.[1] On the eve of Jackson’s 51st birthday, the Los Angeles County Coroner concluded that his death was a homicide.[2] Shortly before his death, Jackson had reportedly been administered propofol and three anti-anxiety benzodiazepines, lorazepam, and midazolam, in his home.[3] His personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and has served a two-year sentence in prison.”

    (see: )

    196. Anna Nicole Smith

    “MARCH 26–Anna Nicole Smith died from an accidental overdose of a powerful sedative that became lethal when mixed with nine other prescription drugs found in her system, according to a coroner’s report released this morning.

    The combined toxicity of the sleeping medication, chloral hydrate, and the other drugs (including Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan) resulted in the 39-year-old Smith’s death, concluded Dr. Joshua Perper, the Broward County medical examiner.”

    (see: )

    197. Ernest Hemingway

    “…Ernest Hemingway who committed suicide soon after an ECT experience…

    His biographer is reported to have heard him say,

    “Well, what is the sense of ruining my head and erasing my memory, which is my capital,
    and putting me out of business? It was a brilliant cure but we lost the patient….” ”

    (see: )

    198. Paul Boyd

    “A Vancouver police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a man with bipolar disorder will not face charges following the release of video of the incident, despite that video showing victim Paul Boyd kneeling unarmed at the time of the final shots.

    It is just one recent case surrounding a fatal police shooting caught on tape, and the decision not to prosecute Const. Lee Chipperfield comes at a time when questions are being asked about how Canadian police forces interact with people suffering mental illnesses.

    The Canadian Press reports that Chipperfield previously testified that he believed Boyd was armed at the time of the shooting, which came after a standoff with police involving a hammer and a bike chain. Boyd was bipolar and was not taking his medication in August 2007.”

    (see: )

    199. Tooker Gomberg

    “Tooker’s doctor and I both believe Tooker had an adverse reaction to the anti-depressant drug he was taking. Increased anxiety and agitation can be side effects of these powerful drugs, and may lead to self-harm and even suicide. So pay attention.”

    ( see: )

    200. Luise Christensen? (unsure if that is her last name)

    “This book is about my beloved daughter Luise, who died tragically in 2005 from overmedication
    while being treated in the Danish mental health system. Her untimely death received wide media
    coverage, which prompted other people to come forward with similar stories.”

    (see: )

    201. Woody

    “On August 6, 2003, Woody died of a Zoloft-induced suicide at age 37. He was not depressed, nor did he have any history of mental illness or depression. He died after taking the drug a total of 5 weeks with the dosage being doubled shortly before his death. He was given the antidepressant from his general physician for “insomnia.” ”

    ( see Woody Matters website: )

    202. Stewart Dolin

    Stewart Dolin had the perfect life. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 36 years. He was the father of two grown children with whom he had a very close and meaningful relationship. He was a senior partner of a large international law firm, managing hundreds of corporate lawyers. He enjoyed his work and derived satisfaction from cultivating relationships with his clients, as well as helping them achieve the results they desired. He enjoyed travel, skiing, dining, joking around with his family and friends and an occasional cigar. He was 57 years old, and high on life.

    In the summer of 2010, Stewart developed some anxiety regarding work. He was prescribed Paxil (paroxetine), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (“SSRI”). Stewart’s prescription was filled with a generic version of Paxil, manufactured by Mylan. Within days, Stewart’s anxiety became worse. He felt restless, had trouble sleeping, even asked his wife to listen to a meditation tape with him (hardly typical behavior). He kept saying, “I still feel so anxious.”

    On July 15, 2010, (six days after beginning the medication), following a regular lunch with a business associate, Stewart left his office and walked to a nearby train platform. A registered nurse who was also on the platform later reported seeing Stewart pacing back and forth and looking very agitated. As a train approached, Stewart took his own life. This happy, funny, loving, wealthy, dedicated husband and father who loved life left no note and no logical reason why he would suddenly want to end it all. Neither Paxil nor the generic version listed suicidal behavior as a potential side effect for men of Stewart’s age.

    We did not know it then, but Stewart was suffering from akathisia.

    (see “The Medication-Induced Suicide Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin” )

    203. Traci Johnson

    “Traci Johnson’s body was discovered on Feb. 7, 2004, hanging by a scarf from a shower rod in an Indianapolis laboratory run by the drug company Eli Lilly. The 19-year-old college student had been serving as a test subject in a clinical trial of the experimental antidepressant duloxetine. Investigators from the Food and Drug Administration rushed to Indianapolis to determine whether the experimental drug was related to her death.”

    (see: )

    204. Dan Markingson

    Dead of suicide in unethical drug trial, search Dan Markingson on Mad in America site (warning case is graphic)

    205. Darryl Smith? (unsure of last name and spelling)

    Died of Zoloft-induced suicide

    (see: )

    206. Ethel Geraldine Anderson

    “Ethel Geraldine Anderson — known as Aunt Gerry to her loved ones — is among such cases. Anderson’s niece told the Star “they tried to quiet her down” with doses of olanzapine in the Wellesley St. nursing home where she was living. Four months later, she was dead. ”

    (see: )

    207-210. “A Star analysis of the data found that there are thousands of seniors on potentially dangerous medications not approved for their condition.

    In one case, an 85-year-old woman with dementia was on risperidone and other druges to help control her wandering — an off-label use — in a long-term care home when she took a bad fall and died. (Risperidone is approved to treat only dementia patients with severe psychosis or aggression.) The Ontario coroner’s office said the drugs she was inappropriately prescribed played a role.

    Among other Canadian cases, the Star found reports of side-effects that do not specify where the deaths occurred.

    In one case where clozapine was prescribed to a 70-year-old man with dementia, the result, according to the doctor who filed the side-effect report, was death.

    A man died after he was prescribed quetiapine for dementia, and the 2012 side-effect report listed the reactions to the medication: “Off label use. Cardiac failure.”

    In 2012, a doctor prescribed olanzapine to an 81-year-old woman for “patient restraint.” She suffered a stroke, fell and died. The report cited the “off-label use” of the drug. ”

    (see: )


    211. Joshua Messier

    “Joshua Messier was having a schizophrenic attack, then died as Bridgewater state prison guards subdued him. The medical examiner called it homicide, then changed her mind. No one has been prosecuted, or even reprimanded, for the death of a young man in state care.”

    (see: )


    212. Jean

    From a youtube video about her:

    “A video about a patient of psychiatry who has been forced to have depot injections of anti-psychotic medication for years and who feels she has been unable to escape from the diagnosis of being psychotic. Having been on this medication she feels she has lost her inspiration and motivation to be an artist and has been living in constant fear of being taken back to hospital if she does not comply with what she is told to do.

    Since I filmed this and put this up on here this woman was put on a considerably higher level of medication after she tried to withdraw but experienced serious withdrawal effects and was taken back into hospital. Once she was allowed out she became more depressed, feeling more trapped in the system and bound to take medication that she felt was doing her a lot of harm and stopped her from having the energy or motivation to do anything. Very sadly around Christmas-time she took her own life. She will be missed by many and her death will be grieved by those who knew her. She was not helped by psychiatry as they did not treat her as an individual with any potential. They did not know her as a person and did not know how she really felt about hardly anything. They diagnosed her, drugged her and ignored and neglected her. They did not appreciate her as an artist or a person as they did not bother to find out or treat her with respect. A very sad loss and a very depressing insight into how someone’s life can become worse once caught up in a system who are supposed to help and even believe they are helping .. and that as Jean said is a serious delusion.. .”

    (see: )


    213. Susan Kelly

    ” My seventeen-year-old roommate was killed by the ECT and insulin. It was unspeakably horrible. It was torture.”

    (see: Dorothy Dundas’ piece on this site )


    214. Toran

    “A couple of days ago, after two years of fighting, I received Mylan Pharmaceuticals assessment of the causal link between their drug Fluox and my son’s suicide. Their conclusion is identical to that of the New Zealand drug regulator Medsafe, that the SSRI antidepressant Fluoxetine is the probable cause of Toran’s death.” –Maria Bradshaw

    (see: )


    215. Esmin Green

    Forcibly detained, died of neglect.

    ” Green was involuntarily admitted to the hospital’s psychiatric emergency department June 18 for “agitation and psychosis.”

    Friend Peter Pilgrim says he saw Green a few days before her death. He says she was struggling with losing her job at a day care center and had been forced to move out of her apartment.

    “Esmin Green is a beautiful person,” he said. “She has a good heart. She loved people, and she loved children.”

    Green’s pastor says she had been hospitalized with emotional problems once before and recently appeared to be in distress again. So the pastor called 911, a decision that haunts her.

    Upon her admission, Green waited nearly 24 hours for treatment, said the New York Civil Liberties Union, which released the surveillance video of the incident Tuesday.

    Her collapse came at 5:32 a.m. June 19, the NYCLU said, and she stopped moving at 6:07 a.m. During that time, according to the organization, workers at the hospital ignored her.”

    (see: )


    216. Caitlin

    “I had been exposed to relatively few SSRI suicide cases when Linda Hurcombe came to me telling me of her daughter Caitlin, who after 6 weeks on Prozac hung herself using her horses’ lanyard (see Let Them Eat Prozac).”

    ( See more at: )

    217. Matt Miller

    “Around this time too I got involved in the Miller case. Matt Miller was a 13 year old boy who had just changed schools and was feeling nervous. His parents prompted by the teacher brought him to a doctor who put him on Zoloft. Seven days later he hung himself in the bathroom between his parent’s bedroom and his bedroom. ”

    ( See more at: )

    218. Yvonne Woodley

    “Yvonne Woodley was a 42 year old woman who was having marital difficulties. She presented to her doctor with sleep problems. The doctor viewed her as being under stress, and as posing absolutely no suicide risk. She gave Yvonne citalopram. A week later the doctor noted that Yvonne was more agitated and there were fleeting thoughts of suicide – so she doubled the dose of citalopram. After a suicide attempt, she doubled it further and a short while afterwards Yvonne hung herself.

    She hung herself in the attic of her house. Given the kind of person she was, the rest of her family found it unbelievable that she would have hung herself in the house with her two daughters downstairs but a common feature of SSRI suicides is the apparent lack of concern for the effect on others.”

    ( See more at: )


    219. Primo Levi*

    *This one is speculative

    “The critics who believe that Levi’s optimism and faith in humanity were unshakable naturally contend that his fall was an accident. They suggest, among other arguments, that a chemist like Levi could have employed much more certain (and gentle) means of committing suicide than leaping into a stairwell and risking paralysis. Levi’s cardiologist friend David Mendel writes,

    [Levi’s] death was not premeditated, he left no note. Older people almost never choose a violent death; they use gas or an overdose, and Primo could, had he wished, have taken an overdose of his medicine. It seems most likely to me that he died from the side effects of his anti-depressant drugs. These often lower the blood pressure, and the effort of walking back upstairs to his flat would lower it further. As a result, his brain would have received an inadequate blood supply and he would have felt faint. If he reacted taking some deep breaths, that would worsen matters by causing a further reduction in blood supply. I have a photograph of Primo holding those banisters, which are well below waist-height; I think that on the point of fainting, he reached for them to steady himself and fell. (Sunday Telegraph; with thanks to Diego Gambetta.)”

    (see: )


    Well I found something, I don’t know if this is an ongoing memorial but there has been at least one for those who died in the Holocaust:

    PSAT Statement for the International Commemoration for the Victims of Eugenic Mass Murder, Toronto May 2, 2004, 12:00 noon in front of Old City Hall, War Cenotaph

    “Well, are you again looking for new victims, you mass murderers?” These words were spoken by a female psychiatric patient to a group of doctors who were involved in the eugenic mass murder campaign in Nazi Germany between 1939-1945. At Noon on May 2, 2004 there will be a gathering in Toronto in front of the Cenotaph at Old City Hall in downtown Toronto as part of the International Commemoration of the Victims of Eugenic Mass Murder. This memorial is taking place in Germany, Holland, Chicago and Toronto to remember those people who perished because of their diagnostic label in a society which viewed them with contempt. We will gather to remember these victims of eugenics policies and urge vigilance against the poisonous hatred that gave rise to their murders, malignant ideas which did not die with the Third Reich.

    Between 1939-45, at least 200,000 men, women and children were murdered due to eugenic policies first promoted by medical professionals who received the active support of the of the German state. The victims were psychiatric patients and people with developmental and physical disabilities.

    That site is a must read.



    Colin Whitfield, 56, died just two weeks after he began taking Seroxat.

    At his inquest, Brecon Coroner Geraint Williams said he would be writing to Health Secretary Alan Milburn to demand the drug be withdrawn for further safety checks.

    He said: ‘I have grave concerns that this is a dangerous drug that should be withdrawn until at least detailed national studies are undertaken.

    ‘I am profoundly disturbed by the effect this drug had on Colin Whitfield. It is quite clear that Seroxat has a profound effect on the thinking process of anyone who takes it.’

    Read more:


    221. WB (name not recorded)

    This is taken from David Healy’s book, Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder

    “WB had subsequent episodes of mania when lithium was discontinued following the development of toxic effects and subsequent responses to treatment when it was reinstituted. What could not have been reported in 1949 was that WB died of toxicity some years later.”–p. 102-103


    222. Susan Poore

    Mother-of-two Susan Poore, known to her friends as Dena, was prescribed the medication – which can trigger suicidal thoughts in the early stages – around a month before her death….Her heartbroken family said she had been acting completely out of character in the lead-up to the tragedy, and that the drugs had changed her personality.

    (see: )

    This one is really alarming as apparently her depression was linked to insomnia caused by a flu vaccination.


    223. Lori

    Suspicious Suicide of Sister 1981 – NOW Solved 2009 – IMIPRAMINE. GENERIC FOR TOFRANIL

    (see: )

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