The pill that steals lives, a family's nightmare on mental health street

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While going through a divorce, filmmaker Katinka Blackford Newman took an antidepressant to help with insomnia. She had no idea she is one of the 1 % of people who suffer severe adverse reactions to antidepressants. She went into a toxic delirium, believing she had killed her children and, in actual fact, stabbing herself.

When admitted to hospital, doctors didn't realise it was the pill that made her ill. She was given more antidepressants and antipsychotics which resulted in a year-long illness. It was luck she got better. She and her children began a journey of discovery which became the subject of her bestselling book, The Pill That Steals Lives.

She discovered a hidden epidemic of people whose lives have been destroyed by side effects of these pills and has begun a campaign, thepillthatsteals.com. In this authored film, the filmmaker and her kids tell their story.

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