Teenager killed himself after his mother disconnected his Playstation — (METRO 82.7)

SSRI Ed note: Teenager, 18, takes Prozac for depression, commits suicide when his mum disconnects Playstation. Mental illness is blamed.

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METRO 82.7

Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.uk

Sunday 3 May 2015 11:52 am

A teenager jumped to his death from a motorway bridge after a row with his mother over an internet connection.

Paul Bickle, 18, stormed out on Donna Brown when they argued about his PlayStation. She said that he started shouting and swearing so told him to calm down.

She said: ‘I told him it was not acceptable, but the shouting and swearing and banging got worse.

‘I didn’t go upstairs after that. I was shouting “stop it. Calm Down”, I was really distressed.

‘I said “If you don’t stop this, I’ll turn it off”. Then I turned off the internet connection.’

He then stormed out of the house and a few hours later, police turned up on Mrs Brown’s doorstep to tell her that their son had died on February 15, 2013.

Mrs Brown knows it was not her fault that her son died. He suffered clinical depression, which was being treated with Fluoxetine, and had obsessive compulsive disorder – the row was a catalyst.

She warned other parents: ‘Don’t dismiss your children’s mood swings as teenage tantrums.

‘Don’t dismiss OCD as something quirky – it has such a huge impact.’

His OCD started when he was a teenager and by the time he was 16 he was getting up at 5.30am in order to have a bath and be clean enough to leave the house at 9am.

He cleaned his hands so much that they were bleeding.