Paul Bickle, 18, was shouting and swearing as he played Grand Theft Auto when his mother Donna Brown turned off his Playstation. A furious Paul then stormed out of the house and a few hours later, police turned up on Brown’s doorstep to tell her that their son had jumped to his death from a motorway bridge after the row. Paul suffered clinical depression, and had obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Brown had an argument with her son after he kept shouting as he played the violent video game in his bedroom. “He was upstairs on his PlayStation and started shouting and swearing. I told him it was not acceptable, but the shouting and swearing and banging got worse. I didn’t go upstairs after that. I was shouting “stop it, calm down”. I was really distressed. I said “If you don’t stop this, I’ll turn it off”. Then I turned off the internet connection. Because he was getting angry and losing his temper, I thought it was fuelling his anger. I had turned it off before because of the state it got him into,” she told the police.
Paul died on February 25, 2013. Brown believes that the tragedy could have been averted had the warning signs been taken more seriously by medics. Today she opens her heart and family album in the hope that no other parent has to suffer the same heartache. She has broken her silence to warn parents: “Don’t dismiss your children’s mood swings as teenage tantrums. Don’t dismiss OCD as something quirky – it has such a huge impact”.
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