‘Troubled’ daughter took overdose

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AN administrator from Chichester took a fatal overdose after a long battle with anorexia, splitting with her long-term boyfriend and struggling with anxiety issues, an inquest heard.

Sarah Ironmonger, from Westgate, Chichester had refused to take prescribed medication for depression and anxiety and was suffering with back pain from an accident a number of years ago.

At an inquest in Edes House, Chichester on Tuesday, the court heard how Roger Ironmonger, Sarah’s father, had found the 39-year-old lying in bed with various pill boxes by her side on December 9 last year.

Dr Isabel Fernandez de Sifrim was Sarah’s psychiatrist at Chapel Street Clinic in Chichester.

“I thought that the risk was not high. She had never attempted suicide in the past. She was not abusing alcohol and she didn’t have suicidal thoughts.”

She said the couple’s relationship had finished at the end of June.

“He boyfrind left because he didn’t want to become her carer,” said Dr Fernandez.

The psychiatrist told the inquest she was unaware of the medication Sarah was being prescribed by the doctor.

“There is a lack of communication with the health service on this issue,” she said.

The court heard how Sarah had a maintained a ‘good’ relationship with her family and saw them often.

However, Dr Fernandez said Sarah had started ‘blackmailing’ her father to live with her.

Recording a verdict of suicide, deputy coroner Martin Milward, said: “Sarah had a number of problems which had been on going for a number of years.

“She was prescribed medication which she was obviously not keen on taking and in many ways, because she didn’t believe she had problems she didn’t see the purpose,” he said.