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Graeme Obree tried to commit suicide(4 posts)

Graeme Obree tried to commit suicideBAi9302010
Jan 31, 2002 4:35 PM
I was looking at some cycling news on the web and I just found out that one of my favorite pros from the 90's, Graeme Obree, tried to hang himself.

Cycling-Former world champion Obree attempted suicide, says wife


GLASGOW, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The wife of former cycling world champion, Graeme Obree, revealed on Thursday that the Scot is suffering from a mental illness which almost took his life.

Obree, 36, is recovering after attempting to commit suicide just before Christmas and now spends his nights in a hospital psychiatric ward for his own safety.

Obree was rescued by a farmer who discovered the former world pursuit champion hanging from the rafters of a barn near Obree's home in Ayrshire, Scotland.

"Graeme has no recollection of what he did," his wife Anne told the Daily Record newspaper, explaining that the cyclist has been diagnosed as a severe manic depressive with rapid mood-swing disorder.

Psychiatrists believe Obree has been suffering from his illness since he was 19.

His wife suspects that it contributed to the surging highs after he broke the one-hour world record and then claimed the 4000 metres pursuit title in 1993, and again in 1995, on a home-made bike that contained old washing machine parts.

"When Graeme was up, he really believed no-one could beat him," Anne Obree, was quoted as saying. "He now knows that the highs gave him an extra edge.

"The doctors believe that the endorphins, chemicals in the brain produced by hard exercise, kept Graeme's illness at bay during his competitive years.

"That is probably what gave him the constant highs and drove him all the time. But he has not been training hard since a cycling accident last year and that is why his moods became worse."

Anne Obree said doctors had initially feared the suffocation might have caused brain damage, but he is now recovering and spends the days at home with his two sons but is kept in a hospital psychiatric ward at night.

"He cannot remember cycling to the farm and has no recollection of what he did," added Anne Obree.

"When he woke up, he did not even know why he was in hospital until I told him.

"He is upset that he has put his family through this trauma and our priority is to get back to some kind of normality."

08:30 01-10-02

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Manic Depressives live in Bismark, North DakotaMe Dot Org
Jan 31, 2002 5:15 PM
Emotionally speaking, that is. The climate is 40 below in the winter and 110 in the summer. Most of live our emotional lives in Hawaii, by comparison. (Perhaps a bad analogy, but the closest I came come up with).

Exercise is a great leavening agent for depression. I certainly wish Graeme the best.
Manic Depressives live in Bismark, North Dakotajswhern
Feb 1, 2002 5:54 AM
It is true, that exercise has been proven through research to relieve depression. Graeme's form of depression is called Bi-polar(manic depression). However, in these research studies many cite that a whole change of life style is key to controlling this and other mental illnesses such as counseling, Pharmacology approaches, and of course exercise and nutrition. He will unfortunately deal with this issue for the rest of his life and as well as his family.
Shame, he's making nice bikes right now...nmTony
Feb 1, 2002 6:07 AM