Lord Milo Douglas and 5 days on citalopram!

Should more have been done to save Lord Milo Douglas?

An article today in the Telegraph raises some points about Lord Milo Douglas (who at one stage studied here in UCD), and what more could have been done for him. Full article…Link

When Lord Milo Douglas, the bipolar son of the Marquess of Queensberry, killed himself, the health authorities were well aware of his suicidal feelings. His family want to know how he slipped through the net.

On July 21 2009, at about 6.20am, police were called to the Hallfield Estate in Bayswater, west London, where the body of a young man had been found lying in shrubbery in front of a block of flats, Reading Tower.

Exploring the flats, police concluded that the man had jumped to his death from an open fifth-floor walkway. Lord Milo Douglas, the 34-year-old son of the Marquess of Queensberry, had taken his own life less than a mile from his home, and close to the primary school where, according to his mother, he had been so happy as a child.

By the account of those who knew him, Lord Milo was a sweet and kind young man, but he was also a troubled one. For the previous 10 years he had struggled with bipolar affective disorder – what used to be called manic depression.

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A week before his death, Lord Milo had presented himself at his GP’s surgery announcing that he had been experiencing suicidal thoughts, and expressing a desire to be taken into hospital, instead he was given citalopram. I wonder was he or his parents made aware of the possible suicidal/ homicidal side-effects especially when starting this medication?

My points…

i. How come this troubled young man who, as the articles states, was troubled for a long time, only went on to commit suicide after he was prescribed Citalopram on the 15th July (5 days before his death)?

 ii. 4 days after his prescription for citalopram, he wrote a letter on his computer, dated July 19: regretful and apologetic, it described how his long and difficult struggle with his steadily worsening mood and suicidal ideas had culminated in a final decision to end his life.

iii. 5 days after he was prescribed citalopram, July 20th, it was recorded that Lord Milo appeared ‘slightly anxious’, and that he had reported hearing ‘the voice of the devil’ encouraging him to kill a young relation.The next day Lord Milo was found dead!

10 days after this young man died, Shane was given a prescription for citalopram!!

What I find extremely galling, is the paragraph at the end of this article, where it says that anyone who has attempted suicide and those who have been bereaved are invited to contact Sane’s research team. Now isn’t that a nice gesture?

Who’s money is behind sane??? The makers of citalopram, lundbeck that’s who and another fine example of conflict of interest! Link

So did lundbeck’s citalopram/ celexa/ cipramil drive another young man to suicide?

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