“Help me. I took all my pills.”
According to a 2007 case report in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry, those were the words a 26-year-old man spoke to a hospital’s emergency department staff just before collapsing. An empty pill bottle skittered from one of his hands.
Nurses checked the man’s vitals; while his heart was racing, his blood pressure was dangerously low. The man was barely conscious. He was pale and sweaty. He said he’d swallowed all 29 of his antidepressant pills after having a fight with his girlfriend.
He received saline infusions, which over the next four hours mildly…
At first, she blamed the exhaustion on her stage of life. It wasn’t abnormal for Shannon Dingle, a 27-year-old mother of two young children, to feel tired. She had also been recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid caused by Hashimoto’s disease, but the possibility of relapse seemed unlikely. While fatigue is a symptom of an underactive thyroid, Dingle’s health had been under control since she started taking Synthroid, a brand-name thyroid drug. She wondered if she might have postpartum depression since her youngest son was just a year old.
Then Dingle’s pharmacist spoke up. A few months prior, a…
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