A MOTHER who refused to take medication despite suffering from a paranoid psychiatric illness was found dead in a bin store after poisoning herself with morphine, an inquest heard.
But Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg could not say for certain whether Helen Mogg, of Bancroft Road, Widnes, had committed suicide or had taken her husband's medicine for its euphoric effect and to help her sleep outside.
Mrs Mogg, 41, was found dead by a police officer on December 5, four days after her disappearance.
Medical reports said Mrs Mogg's history of mental illness began with post-natal depression.
In the following years she experienced a pattern of improvement and deterioration in her condition.
Doctors felt Mrs Mogg was exhibiting early signs of schizophrenia but they experienced 'difficulty engaging her in her treatment'.
In 2001, Mrs Mogg assaulted her husband and believed people could 'read her thoughts'.
The following year she suffered persecutory paranoia and was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act but later settled down and was discharged.
The inquest heard that by February 2003 there were a number of professionals involved in her care, and on May 27 her husband reported that she was behaving bizarrely. By mid-November she appeared to be much better.
Her husband, Roy Mogg, a retired painter and decorator, said his wife would never comply with her prescription.
He said: 'At first she thought she was depressed and treated it like a person would treat flu or a cold.
'The first 12 months was difficult; after that she never made any signs of returning to normal.'
Mr Mogg described his wife as violent and the news that he was ill had 'pushed her over the edge'.
He said that on the weekend of December 1 his wife had been very withdrawn and would not communicate with her children who said she was behaving strangely. She left home on the Monday about 6-6.30am.
Her body was found on December 5. She had died from morphine poisoning, probably taken from her husband's medication, and had taken temazepam. Mr Mogg said she had never abused drugs in the past nor talked to him about harming herself.
A police officer found Mrs Mogg's body in a bin store on December 5 in a sleeping position. There were no suspicious circumstances.
Mr Rheinberg said: 'This could be case of a lady so desperate that she took an overdose with a view to taking her own life.
'Alternatively, it could be a case of a person self-medicating to assist with sleep or she might have taken morphine for its euphoric effect.
'I can only come to an open verdict.'