Antidepressants can save lives but they made me want to kill. Now I wonder if some murderers may have suffered the same side-effects as me

After a difficult divorce, I was prescribed drugs to manage my mood. Instead, I became psychotic and dangerous – and terror attackers have taken similar medication

 

Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who crashed Germanwings flight 9525 into the Alps, was prescribed similar drugs to those which induced psychosis in Katinka Blackford Newman
Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who crashed Germanwings flight 9525 into the Alps, was prescribed similar drugs to those which induced psychosis in Katinka Blackford Newman ( AFP )

Almost three years ago, I woke up and found myself in a mental hospital in West London. I looked down and saw wealds on my arms where I had torn my skin apart.

There was a mirror in the tiny room where I’d spent most of the last four weeks undergoing an agonising cold turkey withdrawal from five antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs. I stood on the metal bed and struggled to recognize my body beneath the blue hospital gown. I used to be a keep fit fanatic, my body reasonably lithe and toned. Now I was three stone heavier – but that was the very least of my problems.

 

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