Saturday, January 30

A post from my other blog - February 7 - International Day in Memory of SSRI Victims

I don't like to mix my other blog with this one but this subject is too important and I have to share it. The images will probably be changed but please take a moment to read it because it is about your health or the health of people next to you since antidepressants SSRIs are being prescribed not only for those who are diagnosed with major depression but also for headache or even to quit smoking:

This is Traci Johnson a 19 years-old healthy volunteer for Cymbalta clinical trial for urinary incontinence in 2003. She hanged herself at Eli-Lylli's clinic in Indianapolis in February, 7, 2004. According to Wikipedia:
"A suicide of 19-year-old Traci Johnson, a healthy volunteer in a duloxetine clinical pharmacology study, was highly publicized. For about a month she had been given high doses of duloxetine, and then she was switched to placebo. Four days after the switch, she hanged herself with her scarf from a shower rod in the bathroom of Lilly Laboratory for Clinical Research.[65][66] The New York Times article mentioned a withdrawal syndrome as a possible reason for this suicide."
I always thought about changing the avatar but whenever I looked at this bright smile it gave me courage to keep going for it is not easy to deal with this subject and most of the friends I met because of this blog that are dealing with psych-drugs harms feel the same. I wish I did not know about it all but I cannot stop trying to raise awareness because these drugs are destroying lives.

 Last year I did a post in February in Tracy Johnson's memory and I have already scheduled this year post but today morning I thought that it was not enough. So I though about dedicating this day to all those people who have their lives changed because of SSRI harm. I wrote an e-mail to some of my friends and this is the outcome of my idea with their inputs: February 7 - International Day in Memory of SSRI Fatalities   SSRI fatalities are those who have died violently due to homicide of suicide induced by SSRIs and now there are newborns that suffer heart malformations or any other teratogenic disturbance.

I would also like to remember people that have their quality of life changed because of the use of SSRI as a teenager. Those who are not aware of these facts may be asking themselves why is it happening or even if it is true that a drug that has killed during clinical trial can be at the market. You just got your answer: "market".

We are talking about money and corruption is causing too much harm. I will change my picture next 7th February and leave Tracy Johnson in peace. I want to thank her for all these months she was here by my side. R.I.P. Tracy Johnson I want to thank my blog friends that helped me and encouraged me to keep going: Bob Fiddaman at Seroxat Sufferers Mark p.s. 2 at Psychiatric Survivor Matthew at It's quite an experience Susan at If you're going through hell keep going Needles to say that without them I would not be able to do it. 

This is the Awareness Ribbon for the International Day in Memory of SSRI Fatalities created by Aloisio Congrejo, an italian Second Life artist that was kind enough to do it when I asked him. You can see some of his works at Flickr. Thank you very much Aloisio! Update: I just did an event at Bloggers Unite and I am waiting if they will accept it.


Mark p.s.2 said...

Thank you for remembering Traci Johnson life and death. The legal drug pushers will be held accountable one day.

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Wow ~ a very powerful post ~ thanks for sharing and making us aware of this ( I hadn't heard about it before??)

Ana said...

Most people don't Ollie because the mainstream media cover it all up.
This is a shame.
Thank you for reading.

AnnaJ said...

I knew Traci. What a loss! We still carry the pain and sadness of her absence from our lives.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for honoring Traci. She is sorely missed. We knew Traci. She was a part of our lives. The sheer devistation has not healed even after 7 years. We are still suffering from the absence of this wonderful person in our lives.

Ana said...

How I wish you could say more about her.
Why do you keep on anonymous?
I've been honoring her since 2008 at my other blog and I had her as my avatar for a long time and her smile was an inspiration for me to keep going.
We all want to know something about her from those who were close to her.
If you have any information, please, let us know.
Thank you for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for honoring my beautiful friend with your kind words. It's comforting to know that she has not been forgotten.

Ana said...

Thank you anonymous. Yesterday I published another post for 2/7 at my other blog

I'm sure she is in peace.