Murder-Suicide Med For Depression 2010-09-25 Washington Grandmother Kills 3 Family Members & Self: Also Possibly on an Antipsychotic


Paragraphs 4 & 5 read:  "Yesterday afternoon's horrible event cost us four family members. They will surely be missed by all of us."

"We ask that the media please correct the currently published report. Saroeun Phan has been struggling with schizophrenia and depression for several years and has sought medical attention numerous times. She has been taking medication prescribed to her by physicians. It is not certain whether she has been properly taking her medication these past couple of months."

SSRI Stories note: At low doses the new atypical antipsychotics act like antidepressants (on serotonergic receptors) and it is not until higher doses that they act on the dopaminergic receptors associated with psychosis. In this case the family is not sure she was taking the medications correctly.  She could have been in and out of withdrawal. Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a medication.  It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these antidepressants, usually over a period of a year or more, under the supervision of a qualified specialist.  Withdrawal is sometimes more severe than the original symptoms or problems.


Statement released by family of grandmother who shot and killed family and self