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I’m Katinka and in 2012 I had insomnia as a result of going through a difficult divorce. I was prescribed the antidepressant escitalopram and after just two doses I became acutely psychotic. I hallucinated that I had killed my children and that I was being filmed and everything was being broadcast to the world. I ended up in a private hospital where they told me I had psychotic depression rather than recognising that I’d had an adverse drug reaction. They insisted I stayed and gave me more antidepressants and antipsychotics. Over the course of a year I suffered agonising akathisia and at other times I was catatonic and could barely get out of bed. I put on four stone and lost all sexual functioning.

I was lucky because after a year I was taken to a different hospital who cold turkeyed me off the seven drugs I was on. Within a month I was better. Since then I have fully recovered – I have run half-marathons, resumed my career as a film maker and brought up my two kids who lost me to psychiatric drugs for a year.

I’m profoundly grateful that I only had to endure the agony of these drugs for a year and hope my experience can help others.

I wrote a book - The Pill That Steals Lives and started Antidepressant Risks to spread awareness and to give a voice people who have had their lives stolen by medication. I hope my story gives hope to other people suffering the dangerous side effects of these drugs.

Click here to read more accounts of stolen lives.

Katinka has fully recovered after becoming psychotic and suicidal from antidepressants.

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