Sarah Meredith (6505)

Admission Details for Patient: Sarah Meredith (6505)

Gender: Female Age: 51
Marital Status: Married Religion: Congregationalist
Occupation: Housewife
Address: Llandudno, Carnarvon

Date of Admission: February 13, 1905
Date of Discharge: August 22, 1905
Discharge Category: Relieved

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: (None stated)

Medical Certificate:
She said that her soul was lost, and that she had no hope of salvation; that she had ruined her children; that Satan had told her that Christ's death was only a sham. Elizabeth Meredith, her sister, informed me that she had the delusion that her husband was going to lose his situation and was to be sent to jail; that the house was going to be burnt down because it was too dirty to be cleaned; her sister had talked on more than one occasion about 2 suicides that had occurred in the town and said that something dreadful would happen to her in the house. Dr. T. L. Kenrick Davies, Glan Menai, Llandudno.

Approximate duration of present attack: 14 days

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 1

Total Number of Admissions: 2

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: No

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: Yes

Sleep Habit: Bad

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Respectable

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health feeble. Morbus Cordis.

Current Diagnosis: Depressive episode (F32.3)

Case Notes

1905 Feb 17 - A woman of average height and build who looks ill and depressed but beyond Tachycardia - the pulse rate being about 150 per minute - nothing is to be detected.

She has no temperature and her tongue is brown and dry. No thyroid enlargement or exopthalmus.

Brown hair and eyes, pupils contracted and sluggish. She is very depressed and there is also a moderate amount of Stupor present. Her replies to questions are sluggish and she is unable to give a clear and intelligible acct. of herself. She is evidently under the impression that she has done some wrong and that she will not be forgiven and that her home is ruined.

She sleeps badly and has to be forced with her food.

Feb 24 - Troublesome. Is restless and eats and sleeps badly. In Hospital. Mar 5 - Somewhat better and is up daily. Wets herself. May 3 - Has made considerable improvement and is more cheerful and sociable but the feeling that all is not right at home and the auditory hallucinations still persist. She is stronger and for some time has been helping in the Laundry.

June 15 - Has made as much progress as she is likely to make here and as she has a comfortable home there is no object in further detention here. She will therefore be discharged very shortly.

Discharged August 22nd 1905.


Additional Notes


17th February 1911 (No. 7607) again with Melancholia.

The Medical Certificate reads: I. She was in an agitated condition crying loudly that (i) she was Godless and a lost thing, (ii) that she could not believe the Bible because Christ had not died in a right manner.

II. Her daughter informed me (i) that her mother continually repeats the statement that there is no hope of salvation for her youngest daughter as she is ungodly, (ii) that she has taken a great aversion to her relations, alleging that they neglect their duty to her. Mrs. Meredith was discharged recovered on 30th October 1917.

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