Man, 23, took his life after battle with eczema

He was prescribed chemotherapy drugs to deal with his eczema –

A 23-year-old man took his own life in his family home after suffering from depression following years of battling severe eczema, an inquest heard.

James Snell, 23, was found hanged in his home in Hartley Park Gardens on July 19.

A report from James’ GP, Dr Carlson, detailed how he had progressively struggled with severe eczema which in turn lead to him battling depression, reports plymouthherald .

His skin condition worsened so much that he was prescribed low-level chemotherapy drugs to try and control it, but as years went on James’ mental health became more affected, the court heard.

The young financial administrator, who lived in Hartley Park Gardens with his twin brother, sister and parents, was prescribed anti-depressants, and in April, he told his GP he had thought about self-harming and suicide, saying to his doctor he “just didn’t want to go on like this any longer”.

On the day of James’ death, he had called his GP in the morning complaining of abdominal pains, but James never picked up their calls when they were returned later on July 19.

James was taken to Derriford Hospital where he was pronounced dead – a handwritten note was found from him upstairs in his home which the court concluded was left to be read after his death.

Toxicology reports found that James had no drugs in his system which could have influenced his actions.

The coroner recorded the medical cause of death as hanging and concluded that Mr Snell ended his own life.

The coroner’s report was given to the director of public health to be used to aid with other preventable deaths, which David Snell, James’ father, agreed to.

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Source – http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/man-23-took-life-after-586996
Written by – Charlotte Turner

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