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By Paul Cassell
A woman with a history of mental illness and depression may have taken an overdose accidentally, an inquest heard.
Lindsay Floyd’s body was found by her son Eric at her home in Woodcote Road, Caversham, on April 21.
An inquest into the 53-year-old’s death, at Reading’s Civic Offices on July 30, heard she was discovered slumped over her bed, but no sign of any medication was found.
She slipped into depression after her husband died in 1997 and this led into a downward spiral, which had worsened by 2002.
Mrs Floyd was sectioned at Prospect Park Hospital in Tilehurst, but later allowed home. She continued to receive support as an outpatient and was given medication.
She had taken an overdose before and continued to receive psychiatric treatment as an outpatient and was prescribed anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs.
Her family recalled she would sometimes forget to take her medication and then play catch-up by taking a larger dose the next time she administered it.
A pathologist agreed with a toxicology report which found Mrs Floyd had taken a high level within a fatal range of the anti-psychotic drug clozapine, used to treat schizophrenia and sometimes bipolar disorder.
Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford concluded that while Mrs Floyd was not unfamiliar with overdose or self harm, this was very much in the past at the time of her death.
Mr Bedford said he was not satisfied Mrs Floyd had intended to take her own life or had knowingly taken a risk, and recorded an open verdict.