San Francisco, CA November 08, 2008 -- Letter From Aaron's Mother - Glenna L. Todovich.January 24, 2005.
Aaron began on antidepressants at age 15 under the "care" of a pediatric psychiatrist. It's been so long ago, She can't remember the first SSRI he received. Over the course of ten years and approximately four different psychiatrists, none of whomhad the time to "TALK" to her son,they would only see him for about ten minutes and hand him another prescription. Here is a list of antidepressants that she know Aaron was on at one time or another from age fifteen until his death at the age of twenty-five.
There are also some meds she didn't know the name of, she just know that he carried a backpack at one point, full of medications....HOW SAD IS THAT! The List:Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Luvox,Buspar,Serzone, Remeron (she told). He was also diagnosed with OCD at some point and put on RITALIN.The last one he was on EFFEXOR, the supposed "miracle" drug put him in the hospital for two weeks with:
Liver Dysfunction Aplastic Anemia Enlarged heart. She told her son was quite an intelligent young man, he graduated from YouthPerforming Arts School, a musician, he played piano, guitar, and saxophone. He attended Bellarmine College (now University) and graduated in 2000 with a BA degree; all the while working two part-time jobs and playing music. Over the years she saw his demeanor go on a roller coaster ride depending on the Doctor's antidepressant of choice.
Aaron told her finally that these medicines were destroying his brain (how strangely accurate was this). During about the last three years of his life, he suffered several episodes where he would get totally off the meds and he even admitted himself to the psych ward of a local hospital at one point, he was there for a week (being treated with what else, more SSRI's). He went through an episode of "anorexia" quit eating and lost 60 lbs in two months. The final straw was the Effexor episode, when he came out of the hospital and told her he was not going to take another anti-depressant.
Aaron had been off EFFEXOR for about six months, but he complained that he could no longer "think", carry on a conversation or enjoy himself with his friends.He suffered paranoia episodes and he used to hold his head and plead, please make the voices STOP.
He was obsessed with thoughts of suicide and on more than one occasion, he tried to off himself – HE TOLD HER . She tried to help him. She would talk to him every night on the phone, She didn't know what to do, where to go.
Then on Saturday November 7, 2003, they had lunch together and he had a strange FLAT, sad appearance on his face. He hugged her and she told him she loved him so much. On Sunday November 8, 2003, he tried to call her on cell phone, she never got the call. My son disappeared(She Said). She searched for him for one week. She prayed & begged GOD to let her find him.
On Sunday, November 14, 2003 – she did find him. He had pulled his car into a garage at some rental property they own and had gone to SLEEP.
He finally found his peace.
By Glenna L. Todovich Proud, Loving Mother of Aaron David Todovich
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