Dead Wrong: How Psychiatric Drugs Can Kill Your Child

Synopsis: This is a real-life story about a Mother who lost her son to the dangers of psychotropic drugs that were prescribed to him by a general physician. In her quest to find the answers to what she could've done differently, she discovers the truth about psychiatric drugs. She then decides to do something about it.
Genre: Documentary
87 min

Matthew was a very loved child.

He was an 18-year-old American boy

like everybody else in this country is.

Normal boy.

When he was born he was just the

cutest little baby with big brown eyes.

He was a handsome little boy and

he was very happy all the time.

He was such a free spirit. He was so happy

all the time and he had a smile to die for.

I remember Matt's smile,

boy, I'll tell ya somethin'.

He was a charmer, yeah, those eyes of his

could probably get him in a lot of trouble.

He was always involved, you know.

He liked to be involved in sports...

We used to play basketball, paintball.

He was always a scrapper.

That's one thing we liked about him, if

you picked on him, he'd pick on you back.

Someone to always talk to, personal

relationships, someone you could depend on.

He was a great person, lots of fun.

I miss him.

I miss him every day of my life.

We called him Matthew,

we called him Matt.

The kids, the girls a lot called him

Matty, you know, but he was my Matt.

And he loved to fool around with

the kids and wrestle with the boys.

And he and Annie were very, very close

because they were the closest in age.

Those two, they were

like two peas in a pod.

But, unfortunately, apparently he was having

trouble sleeping and he was having bad dreams

and waking up and starting

to have like panic attacks.

That's when I said to him, "You

know Matt, maybe it would be helpful"

"if you talked to somebody outside of

the family. Would you want to do that?"

So, I made an appointment with him.

So we go in there and she sits down

with us and after no more than 15 minutes

of talking with Matthew and asking some

questions, she gives us samples of Lexapro.

So I said, "What about,

what about side effects?"

I said, "You know, what should we

expect from something like this?"

And she says, "Well, you know,

they're very well tolerated."

And she said, "You know, you either

could have like headache or nausea"

"or maybe some insomnia."

So we went home with our

sample pack of Lexapro and

at that point he

stopped wanting to talk.

He seemed to be withdrawing more.

This was weird behavior for him.

Well, a lot was happening at this time,

also, and he was graduating from high school.

Of course, the big plan, the kids

always, they go to Senior Beach Week.

He didn't want to go. He

wanted to go visit his brother.

And off he went.

The day that he was supposed to be

coming home it was around one o'clock,

I hadn't heard from him yet. He was

supposed to call me when he finally left.

Later on, I guess it was after I got

off work, I called and he didn't answer.

But a little while later he

called me back and he said,

he might have said he was

almost to North Carolina.

It was about 11:
30 and I called. He

said, "I'm fine, I just passed Roanoke."

I woke up at around 2:30, kind

of jumped up, looked at the clock

and realized he should

have been home an hour ago.

So I called the cellphone.

It went straight to voicemail.

I kept calling and calling. I'm like,

"Matthew, answer the friggin' phone!"

I was like so upset. I fell asleep, woke up

again, it was about six o'clock in the morning.

I started getting ready

for work, went to work.

I could hardly function. I went

and told my boss I have to go home.

Get in the door, phone's ringing...

...and there's this man on

the other end and he said,

"I'm looking for the

family of Matthew Steubing."

I said, "This is his

mother, who's this?"

And he said, "I'm calling

about the jumping."

Our world blew apart.

We couldn't imagine

that this had happened.

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