Joseph Joseph Owen (6524)

Admission Details for Patient: Joseph Slingsby Owen (6524)

Gender: Male Age: 21
Marital Status: Single Religion: Wesleyan Methodist
Occupation: Under Steward (vessel)
Address: Penmaenmawr, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: March 3, 1905
Date of Discharge: August 16, 1909
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: ('due probably to Masturbation')

Medical Certificate:
He sat poking the fire, raking it out and then lifting the burnt coals with his fingers, and stated that his sisters were going to do something to him. Albert Thomas Owen, his brother, states that he throws cups and saucers at the door and threatened to kill his mother and burnt some furniture in the room. Dr. R. Arthur Pritchard, 5 High Street, Conway.

Approximate duration of present attack: 84 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: Yes

Clean Habit: -

Food Refusal: -

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Steady

Education: Fair can read and write

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health poor. The brother of the patient says there is no family history of insanity and that they cannot account for the cause of it. He was peculiar when he returned from his last voyage 3 months ago. He has always been steady.

Current Diagnosis: Depressive episode (F32.2)

Case Notes

1905 Mar 10 - A miserable looking young man with pale pasty complexion and face covered with acne. In ill nourished condition.

Blue irides, pupils equal and mobile. Suffering from general bodily innutrition. Mentally he is suffering from Melancholia due probably to Masturbation. He is of solitary habits and has an aversion to his relatives. He keeps his eyes down and will not look you straight in the face.

Sometimes talks to himself and has a silly laugh.

Eats fairly well and sleeps fairly. 27 - Still very solitary and depressed. Apr 9 - isq.

May 28 - Depressed and quiet, keeps to himself.

Sept 19 - No change.

1906 Jan to Sept - No change.

Dec - Useful but not to be trusted. Still has delusions.

1907 March to Oct - No improvement. 1908 Jan - Since last report he escaped from his duties in the Attendants' Block and was recaptured next day at Wrexham. May - Better but not recovered. Sept - No further change. 1909 Jan - Keeping fairly well.

Aug 16 - Discharged (recovered).


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