ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Mother Leaves Children Home Alone for 3 Days: Australia

Paragraph seven reads:  “Defence solicitor Travis George
said the woman was under extreme pressure at the time, was taking
antidepressants
and was struggling to cope with one of her
children’s unruly behaviour.”

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians
Desk Reference states that antidepressants can
cause a craving for alcohol and alcohol abuse.

Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol
simultaneously,  thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the
antidepressant
in the human body.

http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2009/11/25/homealone-mum-walks-out-on-kids/

Home alone: Mum walks out on kids

Loretta Bryce |
25th November 2009

A STRESSED-OUT single mum who left her kids home
alone for three nights while she went on a binge has been ordered to perform 150
hours community service.

The 32-year-old Maryborough mother left her

children, aged 10, 11 and 14, to fend for themselves between October 21 and
October 24.

She appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court where she
pleaded guilty to leaving her children unsupervised for an unreasonable period
of time.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said the woman saw the kids
off to school on the 21st before heading out to a pub where she got
drunk.

The woman continued to drink excessively for the next three days,
staying at motels for two nights and at a friend’s home the other
night.

The children’s attempts to contact their mum were
unsuccessful.

Defence solicitor Travis George said the woman was under
extreme pressure at the time, was taking antidepressants and was struggling to
cope with one of her children’s unruly behaviour.

Mr George said she had
sought help from mental health services, her GP and the Department of Child
Safety in the fear she would have a breakdown but was not given the help she
needed.

“It all got too much on the morning of this offence,” Mr George
said.

“The children’s behaviour was out of control.

“My client
cracked and went on a bender.

“She drank to excess and came home to find
her children gone.”

Mr George said the Department of Child Safety had
since stepped in to help and the children were under alternative care until the
end of the month, when they would be returned to their mother.

The woman
had the support of her own mother and was not likely to re-offend, Mr George
said.

Magistrate John Smith sentenced the woman to 150 hours unpaid
community service and did not record a
conviction.

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