The psychiatrist hired to evaluate postpartum mother Lindsay Clancy as she faces murder charges for killing her three children says a combination of drugs and depression has left her “flat as a board.”
Clancy is in hospital where doctors continue to treat spinal fractures she suffered after jumping from a window on the top floor of her home on January 24. She had just strangled her three children after hearing a “man’s voice” say.
The 32-year-old nurse had been battling postpartum depression for months and even admitted herself to a hospital to seek care. She had been given an astonishing list of 13 different drugs over the course of eight months, which her lawyers say are responsible for her psychosis.
Dr. Paul Zeizel is a clinical psychologist in Massachusetts. He was hired by Clancy’s lawyer to evaluate her, and has to spend several hours a day with her to do so.
In an interview with DailyMail.com on Wednesday, Dr. Zeizel said she is “extremely tired” and “in pain.”
Lindsay Clancy was charged from her hospital bed yesterday. She is paralyzed after attempting suicide by jumping from a window on the top floor of her home
She’s as flat as a board. She wonders what’s going on.
“There’s not much emotion, although she did shed tears in court yesterday,” he said. He clarified that she knows who she is and who the children were.
Dr. Zeizel said the “flatness” of her behavior could be caused by pain medication, psychotic medication or depression — all possibilities in her case.
He added that it remains a “mystery” how Lindsay ended up with a prescription list of 13 drugs over an eight-month period.
“This is a nightmare – it’s so sad. And to think that the job she had was exactly the environment in which she suffered… it’s a tragedy.’
On January 24, Lindsay took her daughter to the pediatrician and then played with her two oldest children in the snow outside their home.
Lindsay Clancy with husband Patrick and their oldest children, Cora, five, and Dawson, three. She
She asked her husband if he wouldn’t mind eating takeout and told him it had been a “long day.”
DRUGS PRESCRIBED TO LINDSAY IN EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE THE MURDERS
- Zolpidem (Ambien)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictil)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Quetiapine Fumarate (Seroquel)
At 5:10 p.m., she ordered takeout from ThreeV, a restaurant an 11-minute drive from the family home.
Her husband left the house, picked up the food and a prescription for child stool softener, and was home at 6:09 p.m.
He found her outside in the yard, with broken bones in her back and bloodied, slashed wrists.
The children were found strangled in the basement with exercise bands tied around their necks.
According to her lawyer, Lindsay later told her husband that she had heard a “man’s voice” in her head telling her to kill the children herself afterwards, and that it was her “only chance.”
Dr. Zeizel explained that such voices can appear randomly and are unpredictable in patients with psychosis or schizophrenia. He hasn’t made a formal diagnosis about Lindsay.
These voices can come and go. They are unpredictable.’
He added that it was quite possible that Lindsay was behaving “normally” – as the prosecution claims – in the hours and minutes before the murders.
“It can happen,” he said.
Three weeks before strangling the kids and attempting suicide, Lindsay admitted herself to McLean Mental Hospital
After strangling the children, Lindsay attempted to slit her own wrists. She then jumped out of a window in the family home. Baby Callan, aged eight months, died in hospital. Cora and Dawson died at home
Both he and her lawyer say she has been let down by the medical system.
‘This is not normal [this amount of drugs]. There were too many cooks in the kitchen,’ said Dr. Zeizel.
It remains unclear where Lindsay got the prescriptions, or if a doctor was in charge of her care.
On Jan. 1, she reported to McLean Mental Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she asked for help with postpartum treatment, her attorney said.
Her lawyer says she was taken off one drug and put on another and then fired.
The hospital’s representatives declined to give details of her case, citing privacy laws.
Lindsay’s husband Patrick has forgiven her and asked others to do the same.
Yesterday the judge ruled that Lindsay – who is now paralyzed – can stay in the hospital for a few more weeks.
Then she will be sent to a 24/7 medical rehabilitation center to continue treatment.
Prosecutors, who say she planned the murders, said she deserves to go to prison. The case will go to court on May 2.
The Clancy house in Duxbury, Massachusetts, where the children were murdered in the basement