A reform psychiatrist, Dr. Peter Breggin, writes on Huffington Post regarding the medical malpractice case of a 51-year-old high school basketball coach, teacher, and assistant principal, Joseph Mazella who suffered from a self-inflicted death. Mazella had been taking Paxil for his anxiety and depression as prescribed by their family physician, William Beals, M.D. without even having physical consultations with him.
Despite Mazella following their physician’s prescription, he started to feel anxious and depressed again, which made his wife, Janice, consult with Dr. Beals again. Beals suggested doubling the amount of Paxil intake along with the addition of Zyprexa (olanzapine), an antipsychotic drug. This, unfortunately, caused the patient’s death by overdose a month later.