The family of a troubled DJ who jumped to his death from the top of a multi-storey car park fear his medication may have triggered suicidal thoughts, an inquest has heard.
In the months before his death, Jackson Cummings, 41, had scoured the internet for cases of other people on the anti-depressant Seroxat who were experiencing adverse symptoms.
His inquest on Friday heard he had been taking the drug for 21 years but the “effects had started to be worse than his anxiety” and he wanted to give it up.
And on the eve of his 42nd birthday, the DJ took his own life at a car park, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports today.
Speaking at the inquest, Jackson’s heartbroken mum Viv said: “The effects had started to be worse than his anxiety. But you can’t come off it – that’s the problem.”
The hearing was told Jackson suffered from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and had a longstanding habit of altering the amount of medication he took without consulting doctors.
The inquest was told there was a ‘possibility’ his decision to wean himself off Seroxat placed him at increased risk of suicide.
It emerged Jackson had not asked doctors if he could come off the drug.
The evidence led to North Staffordshire coroner Andrew Barkley recorded a conclusion of suicide and said it was a ‘concern’ that Jackson was ‘making his own adjustments’ to his medication.
“That is a significant risk in that it can give rise to a relapse,” he said.
Jackson, of Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, told mental health services of his intermittent suicidal thoughts, but had no plans to act on them. He agreed to stay on his medication and was due to be assessed again in a few weeks.
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