Friday, February 26, 2010

"Growing Pains" actor Andrew "Boner" Koenig: another SSRI-related suicide?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/02/25/growing-pains-star-andrew-koenig-reportedly-dead/?test=latestnews

Andrew Koenig, the  actor artist from "Growing Pains," was recently reporeted missing, with a tone that indicated that those who know him were not too surprised.

Now he has been found, dead, possibly suicide, along the beautiful pathways of Vancouver's Stanley Park.

This news story tells that, ironically, he had been protesting aspests of the Chinese Olympics 2 years ago, and here he possibly decided to act on suicidal impulses at a spot where the slopes of Whistler can be seen, and where Olympic skiing is wrapping up.

His depression was recognized. For depressed people who commit suicide, especially the entertainment hollywood people, often there is substance abuse involved. This story doesn't say, and I don't know the guy myself. That Canadian beer is pretty strong, but I ahve n oidea abt substance use.

However, given that his depression as known, it is pretty darn likely that he was under prescription for an SSRI. We will have to wait and see.

The role of SSRIs contributing to suicide is a big problem, as is substance abuse, but the SSRI risk is not on the radar for the media and a lot of health care professionals. Hopefully, web sites such as
ssristories.com can make this problem more known. If no one knows about this problem, no one thinks to ask, autopsies do not test, etc.

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