14-Year Old Child Commits Suicide While On Prozac
Jake Lynch, a healthy 14 year old British child was diagnosed with anxiety and put on Prozac in 2013. Just a few weeks later he committed suicide.
His parents, Stephanie McGill and John Lynch were devastated. The grieving mother said “My son had no history of self-harm, depression or suicidal thoughts, he’d just had anxiety. But 46 days after starting on Prozac, he shot himself. I later discovered to my horror that Prozac has a higher risk of suicide in children and adolescents. It was the first time I’d heard about these side-effects — if I’d known before, there is no way I would have taken that risk with my child, especially as Jake wasn’t even depressed.” 1
Imagine the horror and betrayal felt by these parents knowing that Jake’s psychiatrist neglected to warn them of Prozac’s potential dangers.
Another bereaved parent who wants to remain anonymous has personally searched coroner reports that date back a decade. This man asserts he has discovered 3,600 suicides related to antidepressant use. Seventy of these suicide victims were children.2
Although this is not considered a scientific study, that father is not alone in his assertions.
Dr. Joanna Moncrieff is a senior lecturer in psychiatry at University College London. She says that there are definite signs that antidepressants pose a suicide risk for young people. She states, “My profession has failed to do enough research to understand what these drugs do in the brain. And until we know more, I believe we should stop giving them to young people.”
In Jake’s case, he was sent to a psychologist when someone at his school decided an essay he had written was “dark.” The psychologist diagnosed him with a mild case of Asperger’s syndrome. Jake’s mom wanted him to receive talk therapy, but instead a psychiatrist saw the youngster for 10 minutes and prescribed Prozac, supposedly to “help him with his exams.”
Like many parents, Jake’s father assumed the psychiatrist knew what she was doing. John states, “Within days of starting Prozac, for the first time in his life Jake had problems getting to sleep and would wake up early. He became withdrawn and moody. At the time I put it down to teenage hormones, and more schoolwork.”
Less than a week after he began taking Prozac, Jake walked out of a mock exam. When he got home, he cried uncontrollably for hours.
Instead of investigating this troublesome development in her patient, Jake’s psychiatrist merely doubled the dosage.
His moodiness continued. When they saw the psychiatrist after 19 days, Jake’s mom told her she didn’t think the drug was working. The psychiatrist reassured her that the symptoms would be gone in three or four weeks.
The psychiatrist was wrong. Jake shot himself three weeks later. 3
As early as 1990, the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) published this information:
“Six depressed patients free of recent serious suicidal ideation developed intense, violent suicidal preoccupation after 2-7 weeks of fluoxetine (Prozac) treatment. This state persisted for as little as 3 days to as long as 3 months after discontinuation of fluoxetine. None of these patients had ever experienced a similar state during treatment with any other psychotropic drug.” 4
In other words, for over 25 years it has been widely known that Prozac can create suicidal thoughts and actions. Seemingly, only insane maniacs would continue to market and prescribe such a drug. This is apparently the case.
It is time to stop crediting psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies with “having the public’s best interest at heart”, when this is continually disproved.
How many more youngsters will we lose to suicide before the psychiatric “industry of death” is shut down for good?