St Helens mum finds OCD sufferer son dead at home

Paul McKay's inquest was held at St Helens town hall
Paul McKay's inquest was held at St Helens town hall
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A Clock Face man who spent years battling with obsessive compulsive disorder was found dead at his home by his distraught mother, an inquest has heard.

Paul McKay, 40, was found hanged at his Pendlebury Street home on June 11.

The hearing, held at St Helens town hall on Friday, was told Mr McKay had struggled for years with mental health issues, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Mr McKay was found by his mother who had gone round to her son’s home because she was worried she had not heard from him.

Coroner Christopher Sumner ruled Mr McKay had intended to take his own life.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive activity.

An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person’s mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease.

A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that someone feels they need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.