Tuesday, September 12, 2006

death by screening


July 22, 2003: North Wales, Pennsylvania; Julie Woodward, 17-years-old; A diagnostic test that she took at North Penn High School said that Julie
was suffering from depression.
Two doctors at the clinic convinced her parents, Tom and Kathy, to put her on Zoloft. Julie’s
behavior actually got worse after only a few days on the medication. And on the third day, Julie was arguing with her mother when she lost control and pushed her to the floor - Everyone in the family was shocked because Julie had never pushed her mother before. “It was an out-of-character act,” Tom Woodward said. And over the next few days, Julie became extremely irritable and she could not sit still. Julie was usually very calm, but she kept pacing incessantly. She also became reclusive. Six days after starting her treatment with Zoloft, she hanged herself in her family's detached garage. Tom and Kathy are now activists and work diligently to educate others about the risks of SSRIs with children. They have spoken at hearings about the safety of SSRIs, including FDA hearings.

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