The Pill That Steals Lives, One Woman's Terrifying Journey To Discover The Truth about Antidepressants, by Katinka Blackford Newman is published by John Blake Books, £8.99
Available UK bookshops, Amazon and in most countries.
Radio interview with Peter Breggin August 2016
I’m Katinka, and thank you for visiting this site.
I’m a documentary filmmaker from London, but it’s not through my work that I discovered that antidepressants can steal lives.
It's through personal experience, which has led me to publicise my story.
Whenever I talk about the pill that steals lives, the first thing people say, is “What about all the lives that are saved?”
With over 100 million worldwide taking antidepressants, there is no doubt that sometimes these pills save lives.
But they also steal lives. Permanently. Not just a few, but its estimated many thousands around the world every year.
And these are stolen lives that could so easily be saved if only people knew what the signs of drug toxicity are.
There are a significant amount of people who suffer severe adverse reactions to antidepressants drugs and these include aggression, hallucinations and psychosis.
These are listed on the drug companies own product information and package inserts which state these adverse side effects occur for between 1 in 100 cases to 1 in 1000. Given the huge amount of people who take these pills - over 100 million worldwide, this is a serious problem.
When people have an adverse side effect to antidepressants, they are not only at risk to themselves, but to others.
I experienced this at first hand. In fact, if I was to take an antidepressant right now I can guarantee that possibly within hours, and certainly within days, I would be seized with an uncontrollable urge to harm myself or others. And I'm not alone.
Antidepressants have been linked to suicides and homicides around the world - billions have been paid out by drug companies to victims and there have been cases around the world where courts have ruled that antidepressants have caused people to kill.
There’s a Stolen Lives Section where you can send me a short synopsis (max 200 words) about a life that has been stolen (temporarily or permanently) through antidepressant (or antipsychotic) medication along with a photo.
My invitation to you is to share your stories, not just here but out there in the wider world. This may be just your friends and family, your GP or health practitioner. Or it may be local and national media. By telling our stories we are helping people to spot these side effects and understand the dangers when things go wrong. So your stories can literally save lives.
I hope I can help to give you a voice.
thepillthatsteals.com is a non-for profit organisation dedicated to help people publicise their stories to promote public awareness of the deadly side effects of antidepressants and antipsychotics.
While going through a divorce I took an antidepressant and I went into a four-day toxic psychosis with violent hallucinations, imagining I had killed my kids and in fact attacking myself with a knife. It was luck I didn't kill myself or them.
More pills resulted in a year long decline when I went from being a go-getting, fit, globe trotting career woman and mum to wandering around in a dirty old dressing gown, unable to leave the house, chain smoking and dribbling. It was luck I got better. I was taken to a different hospital that took me off all the medication and within weeks of agonising cold turkey, I recovered fully. Within weeks I was back at work and training for a half marathon. We discovered I had got off lightly as I found there are many around the world whose lives have been permanently stolen by antidepressants.
In September 2015, two years after I got better, me and my children Lily and Oscar, who are now 13 and 14, decided we would publicise our story to stop this happening to others. We appeared in the Daily Mail, we began making a film, and I wrote a book (See below)
Now available in UK bookshops and published worldwide September 2016
The book has been endorsed by leading academic and world expert on antidepressants Professor David Healy:
“If you think this case is exceptional, think again. Katinka Blackford Newman eloquently and vividly describes a medical horror coming your way soon”
And by Professor Peter Gotzsche of the Nordic Cochrane Centre:
"This book describes in vivid detail how ordinary people can become murderers if they take antidepressant drugs and how psychiatry can destroy people. Its a catching personal testimony about what is wrong with psychiatry, its love affair with unscientific diagnoses and harmful drugs, and its blindness towards the fact that what looks like psychiatric diseases are often side effects of psychiatric drugs".
Do you have a story you want to share with the wider world ? Please contact me if you wish to post in the Stolen Lives section or need help in publicising your story.
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