Its been a couple of days since I've launched this site and the support I've had from many of you who have visited , some who I've never met, has been very rewarding. Thank you.
There have been many who have contacted me about putting a posting in the Stolen Lives section whose stories have confirmed to me the reason I am doing this. One that stood out for me was from an amazing woman, Kim Witzcak from Minneapolis whose story I will post up shortly but here it is in the meantime.
OUR FAMILY’S STORY ——
On August 6, 2003 Woody, my husband of almost 10 years was found hanging by the rafters of our garage - dead at age 37. Woody wasn’t depressed nor did he have a history of depression or suicidality or any other mental illness.
He had just started his dream job as Vice President of Sales with a start up company two months prior and started having trouble sleeping which is not uncommon for entrepreneurs. So Woody went to see his family physician and was given antidepressant Zoloft off-label for insomnia. Five weeks later, Woody took his own life.
The 3-week Pfizer-supplied sample pack that Woody came home with automatically doubled the dose unbeknownst to him from 25 to 50mgs after week one. No cautionary warning was given to him or me about the need to be closely monitored when first going on drug or dosage changes. In fact, I was out of the country on business for the first 3 weeks he was on the drug. Within days, Woody experienced many side effects like profuse night sweats, diarrhea, and worsened insomnia.
He also experienced others that were only known to Pfizer but not to Woody, his doctor or his family. Shortly, before he died, Woody was curled up in fetal position on our kitchen floor, holding his head like a vice, crying, "Help me, help me. I don’t know what is happening to me. I am losing my mind. It's like my head is outside my body looking in.”
We never once questioned the drug. Why would we? Zoloft is FDA approved, given to him by his doctor and was advertised and sold as safe and effective. Ironically, the day Woody was found there was an article on the front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune saying UK finds link between antidepressants and suicide in teens.
What Woody describes shortly before he died, is something I experienced myself while suffering acute adverse drug side effects from antidepressants.
Kim has been campaigning since 2003 to spread the word about the dangerous side effects of antidepressants.
Her website is www.woodymatters.com
Despite her campaigning efforts and many like her who have lost lives, the general public do not know the dangerous side effects of these drugs. Lets join hands across the globe to tell our stories and stop this happening.