Ellen Roberts (4221)

Admission Details for Patient: Ellen Roberts (4221)

Gender: Female Age: 54
Marital Status: Married Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Labourer's wife
Address: Blaenau Festiniog, Merioneth

Date of Admission: August 26, 1890
Date of Death: December 22, 1892
Cause of Death:

Disease: Acute Mania
Supposed Cause: Heredity

Medical Certificate:
She talks incoherently, and sings all the time in a humming manner, and is now totally incapable of looking after her own person. She neither takes food or drink. Facts communicated by Catherine Owen, Caecoch, Blaenau Festiniog, wife of Evan Owen of same place: She took one day a jam pot and tried to hit her head with it and she gets very violent. Griffith John Roberts, Bronygraig, B. Festiniog

Approximate duration of present attack: 28 days

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected: Mother and sister

Epileptic: -

Suicidal: -

Dangerous: -

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: At times

Sleep Habit: None

Destructive Habit: Yes

Disposition: -

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Patient is the sister of Jane Roberts who left the Asylum on the 23rd August. She has been insane during the last month but no symptoms of special interest are manifest. Her mother died Insane.

Current Diagnosis: Schizophrenia (F20)

Case Notes

1890 Aug 27 - Patient is a short somewhat ill-favoured woman. Brown hair and eyes. Irregular features and haggard expression. Is suffering from ordinary Acute Mania. Restless and incoherent and quite unintelligible. Slept badly and has to be spoonfed.

Sept - Much the same. Dirty and untidy in person. Very noisy and mischievious. Organs apparently healthy. Very restless and noisy at night. A bad case in every way. Takes her own food well but does not fatten much.

Nov - Has become a little quieter but not much and looks better. In noisy, dirty, incoherent and useless. Sleepless and noisy at night.

A very troublesome patient.

(Most of the subsequent entries in the case book refer to a different patient).

1892 December - Ellen Roberts has been in failing health for six months and has been confined to bed for between two and three with Phthisis. Had become dirty and demented and her death came as a welcome release to all.


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