10 year old boy commits suicide in the UK

Harry Hucknall had had a difficult time compared to most boys of his age. It is reported that before his short sad life was through he had resided in 14 different homes and he had attended 4 different schools.

His family had relocated to get him away from bullies who had threatened him with a screwdriver. His emotional state went downhill after a friend was attacked by an adult wielding a baseball bat. His behavior became so very reckless as to be characterized self-injurious.

Why does a 10 year old boy hang himself in his room? Apparently the drugs he had been prescribed for the depression and the ADHD diagnoses he had received had something to do with it. The report in the North-West Evening Mail bears the heading, Tragic Harry’s final farewell to his family.

Mr. [Darren} Hucknall [the boy’s father] said: “He was quiet at times but he was on these tablets and I say they had a major contribution to what happened. He never mentioned killing himself until after he was on these tablets.

I think I’m beginning to see a connection here. Psychiatric drugs = suicidal behaviors; suicidal behaviors = psychiatric drugs.

“He started changing a month or two after being on them. He said to me he wanted to kill himself. I asked him why and he said ‘ because it would be funny.’ I said to him that it wouldn’t be funny for me and David and he said ‘sorry dad.’ I think he was doing it to get a response.”

What were the drugs this lad was being doped up on?

Harry was diagnosed with clinical depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and prescribed the drugs fluoxetine, an anti-depressant, and Ritalin.

I think there are certainly better things to be doing with your kids than attaching “mental illness” labels to them, and doping them up on psychiatric drugs. This is especially true when these psychiatric drugs would seem to drive a child to suicide.

6 Responses

  1. I wonder why the writer of this article chose to use the more obscure chemical name, “fluoxetine,” instead of the well-known and rather notorious brand name “Prozac” — a brand name which is associated with pediatric suicides already, some even calling for its use being banned amongst pediatric populations.

    This article won’t be adding fuel to that fire, as the Prozac brand narrowly escapes bad press once again… (but this fluoxetine — could be dangerous for kids. We should look into it!)

    • Regarding the writer’s choice of terms:
      He might be thinking that if he uses the term Prozac that readers will think, “Oh Prozac, I’ve heard about that”, and then put the article aside thinking they know all they think they need to know already. (Which is probably nothing but you don’t want to insult the reader, neither does the genuine writer want to pander to what people want to believe)

      But if he uses the term fluoxetine the reader might think a little longer while looking up fluoxetine or while asking someone what it is.

      • Re-reading your post you’ve kind of answered your question the same way as I have in your second para.

  2. I didn’t do that search, but I certainly should have done that search. Why, of course, if we don’t use the trade name Prozac, people won’t get the connection to the company that makes it, which happens to be…Eli Lily!

    No names, no faces, no guilt, oh my! It does sort of remove the event from this world.

  3. Thanks for sharing this tragic story.

    What I found striking is this kid had been victimized repeatedly, and instead of being treated as a victim, his coping strategies were used to label him as having “mental illness” which is then drugged in spite of the fact polypharmacy is NOT evidence-based or “safe and effective treatment” for distress; regardless of what label/s are given to the person experiencing it!

    • Yes, the kid was victimized repeatedly, and his problems were chiefly situational. Remove a kid from a bad situation, and put him or her in a good situation, and you’ve made a world of a difference. You don’t make a world of difference by moving the boy from one bad situation to another.

      “Co-occurring” disorders are the principal excuse given for the practice of polypharmacy. ADHD is said to be seldom occurring apart from other disorders in order to give doctors an opportunity to prescribe multiple psychiatric drugs. The whole idea is ludicris! Why make a mountain out of a molehill? Well, maybe because that mountain is your bread and butter, and what better way to stay in business than to treat a transitional stage in life as a permanent disability? As you say, polypharmacy is a practice that seldom has positive outcomes. Drugging children used to be much less common than it is today. Unfortunately, polypharmacy is becoming more popular among psychiatrists all the time. I guess they see how it’s in their best interests to ignore studies that might hurt their business interests.

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