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Re: prozac/suicide

Posted by S. Howard on October 31, 2000, at 20:23:36

In reply to Re: prozac/suicide, posted by JohnL on October 31, 2000, at 17:50:16

There is not much I can add except that my heart goes out to you. It's common (at least in my experience) to want to blame something or someone for so great a loss, but I doubt if the paxil is responsible. It sounds like your husband was so seriously depressed, prescibing paxil was like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound.
At the same time, you didn't say whether it was prescribed by your regular doctor or a psychiatrist. A general practitioner might have missed signs of severe depression, particularly if your husband was good at dissimulating or downplaying his symptoms. I can tell you - also from experience - that even a person who is suicidally depressed can "act normal" for a time if it seems necessary, i.e. to avoid unwanted attention or questions.
Above all, never blame yourself, and never believe your husband left you because he didn't love you. < 3




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