Why Did Julie Take Her Life?

Schindehette, Susan; Calandra, Bob; Podesta, Jane Sims; Williams, Kelly
April 2004
People;4/5/2004, Vol. 61 Issue 13, p58
This article discusses how anti-depressants relate to the suicide of Julie Woodward. From the very beginning, Tom and Kathy Woodward's firstborn was a golden child. And by the time Julie Woodward reached her sophomore year at a Catholic high school near her home in North Wales, Pa. Julie enrolled in a group-therapy program at the Horsham Clinic in Ambler, Pa. Her sister Caroline, who shared a room with Julie, now says that Julie, lying in bed, said she was experiencing the feeling of being lifted up toward the ceiling. Other family members recall seeing Julie pacing back and forth in her bedroom several days before the suicide, and rocking back and forth--both possible signs of a condition called akathisia, which can include agitation. INSET: KIDS AND DEPRESSION: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW.


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