PayPal exec battled mental illness, family said
Original post made on Mar 13, 2012
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on Mar 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm
To the family, you have my deepest sympathy for this tragedy. And you have the gratitude of our community, for coming forward with information in such an open and honest way. If there is any good that can come of this, it is to contribute support and understanding of those who battle depression. I believe that through your courage, you have helped others who struggle with depression to successfully treat and overcome this disease.
on Mar 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm
I am indeed sorry for Eric and his family. What I am particularly sorry about is that Eric fell into the hands of mental health professionals who chose to diagnose him with a so-called "brain disorder" for which there is no known biological test and proceeded to medicate him with what was undoubtedly a cocktail made up from tranquilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers, all of which are disabling and crippling in their effects. Did anyone really try to listen and find out what circumstances led to his troubled state in the first place? Bipolar disorder has become a catch all for all sorts of emotional and psychosocial ills. We are in an epidemic of "bipolar disorder" and if anyone cares to look they can see quickly that it's being created in large part by side effects from psychiatric drugs prescribed for "depression" or "insomnia." Being labeled "bipolar" does nothing to remedy whatever led Eric to fall into his troubled state. With what supposedly benign medication did his decline commence? Was he put on a prescription sleep "aid" initially? How many people know that these "aids" create dependency within two weeks and that mini withdrawals between doses result in impulsive and angry behavior that could easily be mistaken for mania? Then come the antidepressants that trigger further mania, the mood stabilizers and when they don't work, the antipsychotics. How many people truly understand that these meds worsen outcomes over the long term if people even live that long because they greatly increase the risk of suicide too? I would place bets that it was treatment that killed Eric, not a "disease." Please don't get sucked into some trite interpretation of what's going on here and stop the murder and mayhem that is being perpetrated by big pharma and psychiatry with their misguided and flawed paradigms. Read Robert Whitaker and David Healy and start to save lives.
on Mar 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Sending deepest condolences to your family. Sadly we have experienced two suicides in the past 1/12 yrs within our greater MP community. Your courage to discuss depression issues openly will surely help those suffering and their families to talk more freely, and find the support they need. Your openness at this incredibly difficult time is a gift to us all. Depression can no longer be a secret we all conspire to keep. There is too much at stake.