Margaret Rowlands (6519)

Admission Details for Patient: Margaret Rowlands (6519)

Gender: Female Age: 19
Marital Status: Married Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Housewife
Address: Carnarvon, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: February 24, 1905
Date of Discharge: September 26, 1905
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Puerperal Mania
Supposed Cause: Confinement

Medical Certificate:
She talks incoherently, states that she hears her dead sister's voice speaking to her form heaven. Robert Hughes, Grugan Arms, Groeslon, her father, states that she took her child away a distance of 2 miles, the child being then only 10 days old, to her sister's house and insisted that she should pray with her. Her sister, Mary Roberts, Tanycefn, Llanwnda, states that she came to her house on the above mentioned occasion at first she appeared rational but ultimately became quite incoherent. Dr. Morris Griffith Davies, LLys Meddyg, Penygroes.

Approximate duration of present attack: 7 days

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 0

Total Number of Admissions: 1

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: No

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: Yes

Sleep Habit: Bad

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Well conducted

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health moderate. Patient was confined a fortnight ago and a week since began to show evidence of mental disorder of an acute nature, married a year ago, always in fair health, no hereditry.

Current Diagnosis: Post partum disorder (F53.3)

Additional Diagnosis: 39

Case Notes

1905 Feb 25 - A pallid anaemic girl of average build and height with brown hair and blue eyes. Fairly nourished and her organs appear to be healthy.

Breasts enlarged and full of milk.

She is suffering from Subacute Puerp. Mania and is very talkative in a rambling and noisy manner. Singing and laughing.

Eats and sleeps well and there is no severe constitutional disturbance.

Mar 8 - Much better and now coherent and knows where she is. Has slept well without aid since her admission and will speedily be all right again. Apr 3 - Relapsed a fortnight ago and is very rackety and troublesome.

May 3 - Quieter but silly. Stubborn and defiant and useless.

Has not been very cleanly but is so now.

Good health.

July 9 - Improving and is now working in Laundry. Becoming stout. Sept 4 - Is now quite well and a very good patient. Her childishness and simplicity has gone, likewise her apathy and idleness.

Discharged September 26th 1905.


Additional Notes

This patient's daughter, Ellen Rowlands (the baby born immediately prior to this admission) was admitted to the asylum in 1923 at the age of 16 (No. 10136), suffering from mania with mental deficiency.

Described as "a girl of low education an cannot read or count much" she was in a dirty, neglected state, her head verminous, when she was brought to Denbigh after attacking her father.

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