The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
Decision to prescribe turned fatal
TORAN Henry, 19, took his own life just two weeks after a psychiatrist put him back on an antidepressant that had previously caused him severe adverse reactions.
When his mother Maria Bradshaw objected, the psychiatrist threatened to notify Child Protective Services that she was failing to provide medical care for her child. “And so I felt that I had no choice,” Ms Bradshaw said.
Toran was first prescribed the drug at 16 when he was upset because he had broken up with his girlfriend. It made him aggressive, affected his concentration, he suffered sexual dysfunction, bad dreams, suicidal thoughts and then self-harmed.
His relationships with his friends were all but destroyed during that period of time, and he also dropped out of school.
An official report into Toran’s death, kept secret from his mother for four years, states the drug was the “probable” cause.
“Completed suicide is a listed event of fluoxetine. Causality has been assessed as probable as it is related to the other events and the patient had previously deliberately self harmed prior to fluoxetine therapy being discontinued,” the report said.
Ms Bradshaw became homeless after selling her property to cover the legal fees associated with the inquest into her son’s death in New Zealand.