Butterflies For Joe

Informed Consent: You have the right to know About Your Medications

Between 2011 and 2014, approximately one in nine Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication in the past month.

One in six Americans take some kind of psychiatric drug — mostly antidepressants. (2016)

Many of the these prescriptions were given to people for reasons other than depression.
Included in this site are real stories about prescribed tragedies that were avoidable and shouldn’t have happened.

My husband, Joe, was driven to jump off a balcony after 30 days on an anti-depressant, known as an SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor), which was prescribed to him for short-term situational anxiety.

He never should have been given the medicine based on FDA Guidelines.

The information provided on this site is compiled from a variety of sources. They include: The FDA, non-pharmaceutical organizations, medical experts, the American Psychiatric Association, independent research companies, the Department of Defense and public health and safety advocates. In order to make well informed medical decisions, people need accurate information. The reality for some people taking SSRI’s is that they experience serious adverse side effects.

We aren’t anti-drug. But we want to champion accurate information.

Butterflies for Joe took flight after our avoidable tragedy.

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What to Look for:

When people STOP, START, or CHANGE an SSRI they can experience a serious adverse drug reaction called akathisia. AKATHISIA can lead to self harm, suicide, and violence. This video produced by the MISSD Foundation explains akathisia.



Akathisia is a disorder, induced as a side effect of medications (including SSRI's and antipsychotics), which can cause a person to experience SUCH INTENSE INNER RESTLESSNESS AND PARANOIA that the sufferer is driven to violence and/or suicide. It has been said, "Death can be a welcome result." For reasons related to the strong political and lobbying power of pharmaceutical companies, akathisia is rarely explained as a possible side effect of medications, and MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC KNOW VERY LITTLE OF THE EXISTENCE OF THIS DISORDER.

In fact, the drug lobby would like you to believe that akathisia is simply "restless leg syndrome." As a result, sufferers of akathisia, as well as the medical professionals with whom they consult, are not able to recognize the symptoms of akathisia and therefore do not take the steps necessary to stop it. This lack of knowledge has tragically resulted in akathisia sufferers taking their own lives — and leaving behind devastated loved ones.


Any time you start, stop or change a medications, you need to tell someone who knows you well. Family and friends who know your baseline prior to medication, can help closely monitor for any behavior changes that might be signs of akathisia.

This information and video is provided by the Medication-Induced Suicide in Honor of Stewart Dolin Foundation. Learn more at www.missd.co


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Everyone has something they are dealing with. Is a pill that changes your brain really the answer?


Documented Facts

“It is well documented that drug companies under-report seriously the harms of antidepressants related to suicide and violence, either by simply omitting them from reports, by calling them something else or by committing scientific misconduct.”

Professor Peter C. Gotzsche, MD


Understanding Their Pain

“The person in whom its invisible agony reaches an unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will jump from the window of a burning high-rise…..

The terror of falling from a great height is still just as great…It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames.

You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to understand a terror beyond falling.”

- David Foster Wallace, writer & teacher died at age 46 after hanging himself