What Dreams May Come True by Valerie Brown Cheers

Robin Williams death just brought so many mixed emotions about into my head. When watching many of his comedy shows, also seemed his shows were crying out for help if you really paid close attention to them.

 I chose this title because of the movie which he starred, which was so sad to watch while being there right now walking around heaven.  It reminded me of the movie, “What Dreams May Come True” with Robin Williams and  “Chris (being Robin Williams)  and Annie (being Annabella Sciorra, his wife), are reunited with their children in Heaven, whose original appearances are restored. Chris proposes reincarnation, so that he and Annie can experience life together all over again. The film ends with Chris and Annie meeting again as young children in a situation roughly parallel to their first meeting.”

I cannot stop wondering why many movies Robin Williams portrayed or acted in which had something to do with death or even suicide, and one in particular which he ended up dying sort of like his son in the movie by hanging himself. Now. not saying that he died exactly like the young man which played his son, with respect to his family right now, but as soon as Mr. Williams died, this movie came to mind and sort of morbid and ironic!

“Not only is the film one of the great dark comedies of recent years, but in more than one respect, it’s chilling in the way Williams’ eventual death echoed it.”

A brief plot synopsis: Williams plays a single dad, high school English teacher, and failed novelist. His teenaged son, Kyle, is a nightmarish jerk, constantly making lascivious comments to everyone around him and deservedly unpopular in his high school, the same one where Williams works. About halfway through the movie, Kyle dies accidentally of autoerotic asphyxiation. His father finds him, and wanting to spare his son the embarrassment, stages the body to make it look as though he committed suicide, while also writing a fake suicide note. The note becomes an unlikely literary sensation- as does a bogus diary, also ghostwritten by Williams- and Kyle becomes a posthumous icon, suddenly worshiped in death by the classmates who shunned him when he was still alive.

Williams, meanwhile, gains the literary stardom and riches he’d long sought- but must ask, are all the lies worth it?

According to many articles and one in particular written November 10, 2014 by Kelly Patricia O’Meara of the CCHR International The Mental Health Watchdog featured article, “The medical examiner’s report cites an antidepressant drug was in Williams’ system at the time of his death. The particular antidepressant, Mirtazapine, (also known as Remeron) carries 10  international drug regulatory warnings on causing suicidal ideation.”

“According to the autopsy results, not only was Williams under the influence of antidepressant drugs, but the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel was also found at the scene and appears to have been recently taken by Williams. While toxicology tests apparently were negative for the antipsychotic Seroquel, the fact remains that a bottle of Seroquel prescribed to Williams on August 4th,  just seven days prior to Williams’ suicide, was missing 8 pills. The Seroquel instructions advise to take one pill per day as needed. Side effects associated with Seroquel include psychosis, paranoid reactions, delusions, depersonalization and suicide attempt.”

The facts regarding antidepressant drugs are these:

  • Food and Drug Administration’s Medwatch Adverse Drug Reports include 470,000 adverse reactions for psychiatric drugs between 2004-2012. The FDA admits only 1% of side effects are ever reported to them, so the actual number of reported side effects is assuredly much higher.
  • Mirtazapine (also known as Remeron) carries the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “Black box” warning for suicidality.
    • There are ten warnings of suicide associated with Mirtazapine alone and suicide is among the top 2 side effects reported to the FDA on this particular antidepressant
  • The FDA’s MedWatch drug adverse event reporting system recorded 411 attempted and completed suicides associated with the antidepressant Mirtazapine alone (and the FDA estimates only 1% of side effects are ever reported to them)
  • 90,000 emergency room visits are attributed to psychiatric drugs each year in the U.S.
  • 23,755 suicides are attributed to psychiatric drugs each year in the U.S. alone.

Give the above data, one can only wonder why Williams’ psychiatric drug use has effectively been dismissed by reporting organizations. A careful review of Williams’ psychiatric “non-drug” use paints a very different tragic story.

What was found in Williams’ system were prescription psychiatric drugs with side effects that not only rival illegal street drugs, but also carry the FDA’s “Black box” warnings—the federal agency’s most serious warnings—about increased thoughts of suicide.

The fact is that two of the drugs Williams had been prescribed list suicidal thoughts as possible side effects. The Seroquel he was prescribed (and appears to have taken in the week prior to his suicide), and the antidepressant that was still in his system at the time of his suicide.  Moreover, considering the FDA’s Medwatch drug adverse event reporting system recorded 411 attempted and completed suicides associated with the antidepressant Mirtazapine alone (and the FDA estimates only 1% of side effects are ever reported to them), it becomes even more bizarre that the world’s press ignore even the possibility that these drugs could be involved in Williams’ suicide.

We have lost way too many human lives which were way too young to die due to suicide? Has or is anybody concerned with how medications is the criminal in many of these cases?

ONLY A FRACTION OF MEDICAL ERRORS ARE REPORTED

It is evident that the American medical system is itself the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S. By comparison, approximately 699,697 Americans die of heart in 2001, while 553,251 died of cancer, according to the a table present in the “Death by Medicine” by Gary Null, Ph.D; Carolyn Dean, MD; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD.[5]

Also, it states that only a fraction of medical errors are reported. Scary, isn’t it?  In 1994, Leape said “He was aware that medical errors were not being reported.[16]

An article in Psychiatric Times (April 2000) outlines the stakes involved in reporting medical errors.[26]  The authors found that the public is fearful of suffering a fatal medical error, and doctors are afraid they will be sued if they report on error.  This bring sup obvious question: who is reporting medical errors?  Usually it is the patient or the patient’s surviving family.  If no one notices the error, it is never reported.  Janet Heinrich, an associate director of the U.S. General Accounting Office responsible for health financing and public health issues, testified before a House subcommittee hearing on medical errors that “the full magnitude of their threat to the American public is unknown” and “gathering valid and useful information about adverse events is extremely difficult.”  She acknowledged that the fear of being blamed, and the potential for legal liability, played key roles in the underreporting of errors.  The Psychiatric Times noted that the AMA strongly opposes mandatory reporting of medical errors. [26]

If doctors are not reporting, what about nurses? A survey of nurses found that they also fail to report medical mistakes for fear of retaliation. [27]

Annual Causes of Death in the United States

Related Chapter:
Overdose
For facts about specific drugs, here’s a list of Controlled Substance sections.

This list is rather horrifying and to think this does not even include side effects which play major roles in deaths also.

I cannot for the life of me, figure out just why the FDA considers a prescribed medication which has too many side effects as legal, yet still approve to be consumed by the consumers who are dying far too many and way too young in the 21st century? 

In conclusion, I brought this up to say that we as humans must begin to take our lives much more seriously and if we don’t care, why should the Pharmaceutical Industry, surgeons, doctors, nurses, pharmacies, etc. CARE?

 According to Rob Schneider, Mr Williams close and dear friend, “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she wrote in a statement released to the media.

Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home on Aug. 11. The cause of death was determined to suicide by asphyxiation.”

The Importance of Taking Your Medications Correctly

I say this to say that taking your medications as prescribed as the label on the prescription bottles says is of utmost importance. People are using those pills boxes which are also taking years off our lives.

Taking medications as prescribed and not just throwing all of your pills into a pill box from Sunday to Monday, AM, AFTERNOON, and PM taking is all wrong, and especially if taking many pills. There can be reactions and even death when not taken properly! 

To get maximum benefit from your medications, it is important to take them exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In fact, your chance of a better health outcome improves when you take your medications as directed.

But four out of 10 older people who take more than one drug still do not take one or more of their prescriptions according to their doctor’s instructions. Could you be one of them?

I have prayed for Robin Williams and his family and still pray for them at losing their loved one who is gone way too soon! But, Mr. Williams was crying out not only in his movies, but his comedy shows and watch them and watch his movies how the cameras focus on medicine bottles!

I have been researching his movies, his shows, etc. They are all showing proof in live and living color, of what Mr. Williams was not only battling, but showing us how we had better all be careful when taking all of those medications which doctors are prescribing more than actually curing and healing in this country!

R.I.P. Robin Williams and you were and am still loved!

– See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/causes_of_death#sthash.wYc0Fs0C.dpuf

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/causes_of_death#sthash.wYc0Fs0C.dpbs

References:

5. U.S. National Center to Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics Report, vol. 51, no. 5, March 14,2003

16. Leape LL. Error in Medicine, JAMA.  1994 Dec. 21:272(23):1851-7

26. Wald H. Shojania KG.  Inciden reporting. In: Shjania KG, Duncan BW, McDonald KM, et al, eds. Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices: Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: 2001: chap 4. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 43. AHRQ publication 01-E058.

27. Grinfield MJ.  The debate over medical error reporting. Psychiatric Times, April 2000.

http://www.cchrint.org/2014/11/10/robin-williams-was-on-drugs-at-the-time-of-his-death-antidepressant-drugs/

http://www.technologytell.com/entertainment/49311/worlds-greatest-dad-death-robin-williams/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889/synopsis?ref_=ttpl_pl_syn

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