I'm Rebekah Beddoe from Melbourne, Australia.
I had three years of my life stolen by antidepressants and antipsychotics including the first two years of being a mum to my daughter. Even now, I have type 1 insulin dependent diabetes which I believe is caused by the antipsychotic olanzapine (Zyprexa) and I have scars on my forearm from one of the many suicide attempts I made . Without doubt this was a side effect of the drugs. I've never been suicidal before I took the drug or since.
My story started when I was overwhelmed and exhausted, after the birth of my first baby and was diagnosed with mild postnatal depression. My GP prescribed me Zoloft (sertraline)
I became irritable and quick to anger, and I couldn’t sleep even when my baby was sleeping. The Zoloft was doubled and Valium added.Soon I was cutting myself, then attempting suicide. I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital..
For over two years I was kept on a slew of psych medications, antidepressants, antipsychotics, lithium to just name a few; up to six different drugs at a time.
A chance viewing of a BBC documentary on antidepressants (Panorama) had me wondering if the Zoloft (sertraline) was the cause of my illness. I decided to stop medication, slowly and painstakingly, withdrawing everything over months and months.
I became me again, the familiar me, the psychologically healthy me. Seemed the antidepressant had been harming me after all.
I wrote and published a book . . . Dying For a Cure, Random House, Australia. Available on Amazon.
Rebekah's story is featured in The Pill that Steals Lives