SSRI Stories note: The Physicians Desk Reference lists Sleep Disorders [including insomnia] as a frequent side-effect of medications for depression.
Man, 56, took his own life after suffering from depression
3:16pm Thu 10th Mar 11:: written by Francis Batt
A long term battle against sleeplessness and depression ended tragically for a 56-year-old man who hanged himself from the loft of his home, an inquest heard today.
At the inquest held into the death of Ashok Kumar Shenmar held today, Berkshire's assistant deputy coroner Ravi Sidhu found that Mr Shenmar had taken his life while suffering from depression.
Mr Shenmar's wife, Nachhitar Kumar, told Mr Sidhu that her husband had been on medication for his depression and had suffered a sleepless night on November 22 – the day he died.
The inquest at Windsor's Guildhall heard how his wife had gone to work as usual soon after 8.30am on November 22, but rang her husband several times throughout the day without a reply.
She returned to their home at St Paul's Avenue, Slough, after 4.30pm. She went in and put the kettle on but said: "I suddenly realised the house was very quiet. I was halfway up the stairs and I saw the lid of the laundry basket pushed up against the bannisters."
She described seeing her husband's feet and realising he was hanging from the loft.
Returning his verdict, Mr Sidhu said he did not believe Mr Shenmar had taken a calculated approach to taking his life and added: "He was a man not as well as we would have hoped he would be."