Mary Jones (2430)

Admission Details for Patient: Mary Jones (2430)

Gender: Female Age: 53
Marital Status: Single Religion: Wesleyan Methodist
Occupation: Domestic servant
Address: Llandeiniolen, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: February 26, 1875
Date of Discharge: May 27, 1875
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Recurrent mania
Supposed Cause: Heredity/Sudden death of her father

Medical Certificate:
Perfectly unreasonable, talks unruly and conducts herself in a highly unreasonable and disgusting conduct. She can't talk without cursing and talking incoherently. She goes about raising her clothes and conducting herself in a very indecent manner as proved by her neighbours. John Jones, Llanrug

Approximate duration of present attack: 1 month

Number of Previous Attacks: 3

Number of Previous Admissions: 2

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 1

Total Number of Admissions: 4

Relatives affected: Cousin

Number of Previous Attacks: 3

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: No

Dangerous: Yes

Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:



Physical/Mental State at Examination: Free from bruises. Excessively stout and medium height. Foul in her language.

Current Diagnosis: Bipolar Disorder (F31.0)

Case Notes

1875 Mar - In a week's time went to work in the laundry. Mar 16 - Has helped to put the Superintendent's house in order, converses in a fairly rational manner.

Mar 25 - At present is rather quiet although excited sometimes. Very willing and works well.

Bodily health good.

Apr 12 - This patient has very greatly improved since last report.

Has had no attacks of excitement since. Perfectly rational in her conversation and manner. Working industriously in the laundry where her conduct is very decorous, although she is somewhat too garrulous.

She is in very good bodily health.

Has no delusions.

May 6 - Steadily improving. Will probably be recommended for discharge at next committee.


Additional Notes

Previous admission:

This was said not to be Mary’s first attack, the first being at the age of 33, and two previous admissions to the asylum were noted on 20th July 1866 at the age of 45 and on 3rd October 1870 (no. 1924) when she was 49. On this last occasion the Medical Certificate describes her as:

At times very violent kicking and throwing everything about her and afterwards she will sit down and sing and afterwards pray and her general appearance is very wild.

Williams Williams, Saron, Bethel, states that she entered the Methodist Chapel Saron yesterday (Sunday) and turned the whole congregation out of there twice the same day.

She is also very dangerous at her house to every person there.

She this morning threw a kettle of hot water at them etc.

Mary was discharged recovered from both of these earlier admissions.


12th December 1878 (no. 2837). Medical Certificate reads: Her actions, speaking incoherently, cursing unforeseen spirit which she says plagues her though conquered by her previously.

Mrs Jones, Saron: Said that she was dancing and singing and that she would not go out until she would get better and she refused the neighbours to give food to the pig which is on her premises. Richard Williams, Llanrug, Carnarvon.

Diagnosed ‘acute mania’ and discharged recovered on 25th March 1879.

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