Seasonal affective disorder sufferer found hanged at Stowmarket home

The Coroners Court at Beacon House, White House Road, Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

The Coroners Court at Beacon House, White House Road, Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT - Credit: Archant

A woman who suffered from a condition which made her depressed during winter was found hanged at her Suffolk home, an inquest heard.

Coroner Kevin McCarthy opened the inquest into the death of Brenda Upson, 53, at a hearing in Ipswich.

The court heard Ms Upson was found dead at her home in Hall Road, Stowmarket, on February 13.

Mr McCarthy said she had been found hanged and the death was confirmed by a paramedic.

Ms Upson was said to have suffered from seasonal affective disorder - a condition which can cause depression, low mood or a lack of energy during winter months.


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The NHS says SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms tend to be more severe during the winter.

Ms Upson was also said to have recently suffered a family bereavement.

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Mr McCarthy said the inquest would resume on Friday, June 22.

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