Griffith Griffiths (6523)

Admission Details for Patient: Griffith Griffiths (6523)

Gender: Male Age: 44
Marital Status: Married Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Labourer
Address: Old Colwyn (admitted from Workhouse), Carnarvon

Date of Admission: March 1, 1905
Date of Discharge: December 18, 1907
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Not known

Medical Certificate:
I. That he has a dazed appearance, slow in replying to questions. He said that he was being eaten internally, that all he took in was eaten up or taken out of him and that this was due to something put into his food. II. Robert Thomas, an inmate of the Workhouse of the B & B Union states that at 9.15 am on Saturday last he saw Griffith Griffiths sharpening a knife and he asked him what he meant to do with it and he said he was going to take his life as he was tired of it. He complained of pains in the belly. He walks about the ward and prevents the inmates from sleeping. I took the knife off him and kept it. Feb 28th 1905. Emyr Owen Price, Bangor.

Approximate duration of present attack: Not known

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: Yes, by a knife

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: -

Food Refusal: No

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Intemperate

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health good. This man was found wandering about the streets of Bangor and behaving in a strange way. He was taken to the Workhouse. There is no history of Insanity but he has been very intemperate.

Current Diagnosis: Depressive episode (F32.3)

Case Notes

1905 Mar 6 - A middle aged rather worn looking man of average height and development. Miserable, depressed appearance and peculiar gait - "drags his feet after him".

Mentally suffering from Melancholia with apprehensive depression. He gives a rational account of his life, but says that he is now tired of it and would like to die.

He cannot apply himself to anything. He has delusions as to the condition of his internal organs. Eats well and sleeps fairly well. 27 - Still very miserable and solitary.

Quite useless.

April to June 1905 - No improvement.

1906 Jan - Still keeps very low and miserable. Does nothing all day. Dec - Better in every way.1907 Mar - Still improving. July - Improved in every way. Discharged 18 Dec 1907.


Additional Notes

Griffith Griffiths discharged himself from Bangor Workhouse 4 days being sent there on trial from the Asylum.


On 17th July 1908 (No. 7138) he was again admitted from the workhouse, again suffering from Melancholia.

The Medical Certificate reads: I. Very miserable and depressed, says that he feels he is dead and that he has been poisoned, confused in his ideas, untidy and wet, silly and peculiar in his demeanour. Sleepless at night. II. Owen Williams, Master of Workhouse: That he has been asking for something to finish himself off with and that he wants to be dead.

The patient died in care on 12th June 1912 from Acute Phthisis and Enteritis.

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