Anorexic medical student dies after taking drugs prescribed by her mother

Published 01/13/2012 by myworldmyblog

Katie Lamb was  a promising medical student who had ambitions to become a doctor like her mother Dr Susan Lamb, during her medical training she gradually developed an “anorexia-like” eating disorder over a period of two-four years, during this period she also developed severe anxiety and instead of getting professional help she turned to her mother who was a GP and her mother prescribed her anti-depressants assuming that her weight would come back and she would feel better and snap out of it. During this time, she only only weighed 4stone 9 and was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary and was given tube feeding for two months in hospital and then was discharged as “healthy” and went home and carried on with her normal every day activities. It was then in 2010, did things go wrong when her parents noticed she wasn’t eating and her weight went down, so her mother presribed her tablets but throughout 2011 her condition relapsed to point she was collapsing three or four times in her student flat, her friends pleaded with her to get professional help and even suggested she ring NHS Direct on 0845 4647 and it was only lately they discored she only “pretended” to call NHS Direct, no actual call was made. Then on the 13th May 2011, she was found dead in her bedroom.

Recording a narrative verdict, West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said: ‘A post mortem examination shows the cause of death to be citalopram toxicity.

‘This was caused by a disorder of metabolism and impaired kidney function, relating to her dangerous low body weight which would have caused a build-up of the drug within her system to a fatal level.

‘Her degree of emaciation and malnutrition has contributed to this by causing changes in the beating mechanism of her heart.

What is Anorexia Nervosa

An eating disorder and a serious mental health condition

People with anorexia have problems with eating, meaning they are very anxious about their weight and keep it as low as possible by strictly controlling and limiting what they eat

Many people will also exercise excessively to lose weight

Some people will also binge eat, i.e. they eat a lot of food in a short space of time. they then try to get rid of the food from their body by vomiting or using laxatives

Symptoms usually begin gradually, such as adopting a restrictive diet and often spiral out of control quickly

The leading cause of mental health-related deaths

Most cases of anorexia develop in girls and women usually during the teenage years

Anorexia also affects 1 in every 2,000 men

The cause is unknown, but most experts believe the condition results from a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors

Around 20-30 per cent of people with anorexia do not respond to treatment, and around 5 per cent will die from complications caused by malnutrition

NB The last two paragraphs are copied and pasted from the article

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2086280/Medical-student-23-battled-eating-disorder-dies-drugs-prescribed-mother.html

There have been many celebrities with Anorexia, this can influence young teenage girls and young adults, celebrities include Lindsay Lohan,  Nicole Ritchie and Mishia Barton.

A painfully thin Lindsay Lohan

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