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