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Drug `not to blame for suicide'.

A father who bled to death from a self-inflicted stab wound had suffered a slow descent into severe depression, an inquest heard yesterday. (wed)

John Kelly, 50, was found at his former wife's home where he was staying in Whickham, Gateshead, on October 17 two years ago ( four days after what seemed a failed suicide attempt.

Mr Kelly, a tax inspector, had suffered depression since his parents' deaths in the early 1990s. He was prescribed Seroxat in 1999.

At the inquest concerns were raised that when he had been taken off the drug in 2003, he had experienced possible manic withdrawal symptoms associated with the controversial anti-depressant.

His sister Madeline Mills, of Low Fell, Gateshead, said: "After coming off Seroxat he kept repeating, `I am absolutely desperate'."

But consultant psychiatrist Dr (NAME) Peter Moore said any withdrawal symptoms would have been countered by another anti-depressant Mr Kelly began taking at the same time.

Gateshead coroner Terry Carney said: "I am satisfied that Mr Kelly received an appropriate assessment by doctors and was given a proper level of care. Mr Kelly intended to kill himself."

Verdict: Suicide.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2005
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