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Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

Published by Shahdaroba Tuesday 13th May 2014
Ghostly Happenings

What do we know about sudden Infant death syndrome (SIDS) – also known as cot death? And how does it happen?

We know it is the unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby. Although there are in excess of some 300 plus cases in England yearly, it is still a rare occurrence. Go to Main Post

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The greater number of baby’s succumbing to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) occurs in the first year of the baby’s life. Premature and low birth weight babies are at greater risk. Baby boys are more so at risk.

If you are a new mum or thinking of having a baby I would recommend Mom Loves Best it covers a high amount of information from getting pregnant through health to baby food navigated by an Infographic. Learn more about the importance of baby sleep safety at Mom Loves Best.

The reasons behind cot death syndrome are not cut and dried and professionals believe it may be a collection of behavioral risk factors coming together at a crucial point in the infant’s development. The baby’s surrounding environmental issues, and those babies born premature or underweight are at greater risk.

A greater number of deaths happen during the night while the infant is asleep. However, it is also known that SIDS can strike while the infant is asleep during the day. For those mothers who feel their baby could be at risk the National Health website (NHS) has steps, you can take to help prevent SIDS.

My Thoughts On Adult Death Syndrome

What has Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) got to do with sudden deaths in healthy adults that appear to have no cause? They both share similar symptoms.

Dr. Tim Bowker, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, who is leading the research, said.

It has long been recognized that there are occasions when an apparently previously healthy adult dies suddenly and unexpectedly and any abnormalities found at post-mortem are minimal or non-existent.

Dr. Tim Bowker. Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation.

A new study estimates that in England at least 150 of the 3,500 estimated adult deaths have been found to have no cause.

The Reason For This Post

Some while ago now I heard of a 40-year-old work colleague that had died in his sleep. The post-mortem carried out at the time could not put his death down to any specific illness, in fact, they were hard-pressed to find anything at all that would have explained why he died.

Feeling Unwell

I can only imagine how his family must have felt to have lost their son, but to also be informed that the post-mortem had been unable to identify the cause of his death must have felt like a double tragedy.

His death shocked me and got me thinking back to a time when we worked together for the same employer. Apart from the holidays I was not aware of him ever being ill enough to take time away from his work. If memory serves me right I do remember him having more than the occasional few outbursts with other workmates (me included) from time to time, which resulted in him being very moody.

During his period of moodiness (grudge-bearing), which usually lasted for many days, he would say and do odd things to make life difficult for those who had disagreed with him, almost to the point of paranoia (e.g. Depression, Phobias, Paranoid personality disorder, among others).

I often wondered at the time if he was going through some form of family crisis and it was over-spilling into his work area. With hindsight, I now think he could have been going through a mental health problem.

Back then admitting to a mental health problem was not viewed in the same light as a physical problem (e.g. broken arm). Even today some would rather it be brushed under the carpet, and never spoken of.

This recent study (2014) covering Sudden Adult Deaths, and so many not being identified with a cause of death got me to think, could the cause be a form of taking your own life, while asleep.

Back then no one wanted to admit to their mates, or anyone else either, that they were having a psychotic episode (a term used to describe some mental health disorders preventing the person from clear thinking, recognizing reality, and acting rationally).

What if let’s call him Joe Bloggs was so far depressed he looked at any form of criticism of his working ideas as a personal attack against him, rather than an attempt to show how one idea over another can lead to better production. If this was his mindset then it could only get worse, without medical intervention, resulting I feel in an unhealthy frame of mind.

Now the hard part, how to write down what I am thinking without sounding like I do not know what I am writing about… (and probably don’t.. hey ho…). It’s my take on what could be happening when a healthy adult dies in their sleep with no apparent cause identified.

Seriously depressed Individual

Taking It Personally

We all at some time in our lives will experience suspicious or irrational thoughts from time to time that turned out to be unfounded. Supposing Joe Bloggs had reached a frame of mind where no matter what you spoke to him about it was always taken as a threat to him personally.

Could this have led him to believe that people around him were siding with each other, and even worse his work colleagues and friends were using him as a fall guy. Maybe he had reached a stage where he felt any and all were spreading rumors about him, bullying him into using their ideas, and/or making bad comments about him looking for ways to hurt him, even worse he could have mistakenly felt his life was in danger.

Now let’s suppose going to bed one night he had reached a low point, from where he saw himself as having no role left to play in his life, and before they (whoever they were) could hurt him further it would be their fault (not his) if he never woke up again. That would teach them a lesson they would never forget… What they did to him.

If that was his frame of mind could he have just given up while asleep? Using sleep as an easier way to end his life. After all, he would not be aware of not awakening the next morning, and it would be all their fault. Whoever they were.

If Joe Bloggs did die in my scenario when a post-mortem was carried out would there be any way of telling he gave up living while asleep? After all, if he had successfully hidden his state of mind from others. We are talking about a mental health issue there would be no physical evidence to speak of, it would probably look like he had just died in his sleep. Rather a long-winded post. Just a thought running around in my head…

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