Mary Griffith (6582)

Admission Details for Patient: Mary Griffith (6582)

Gender: Female Age: 29
Marital Status: Married Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Labourer's wife
Address: Chwilog, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: June 1, 1905
Date of Discharge: August 23, 1905
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Confinement and religious excitement

Medical Certificate:
She refuses food, takes no interest in her child 5 months old, she is depressed -gazes for a long time and gives no answer, desires to be alone, will not get out of bed and at times wanders from home. Her husband Richard Griffiths says that he cannot leave her in the house with the 2 children, she neglects her children, will not get out of bed, refuses to prepare food and that she wanders from home. Dr. Henry Gladstone Jones, Plas Gwilym, Criccieth.

Approximate duration of present attack: 28 days

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 1

Total Number of Admissions: 2

Relatives affected: An aunt insane, father weak minded

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: Threatened and attempted

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: Yes

Sleep Habit: Bad

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Well conducted


Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health good. Patient showed symptoms the week after her confinement some 4 months ago, she had also been excited by the Revival and both causes appear to be mixed up together. No accurate history can be got but she is evidently suicidal, her aunt has been insane and her father is weak minded.

Current Diagnosis: Post partum disorder (F53.3)

Additional Diagnosis: 32.2

Case Notes

1905 June 4 - A rosy cheeked pleasant faced woman a little over average height, well built, nourished and healthy. Brown hair, blue eyes, equal pupils. She is suffering from Simple Depression associated with a distaste of life and a wish she were dead for she feels she is useless and can never be of good to anyone again. She is quite coherent and intelligent. She eats and sleeps well and is useful with her needle. 12 - A very useful and well behaved woman. July 3 - Brighter and is commencing to take renewed interest in things. Aug 3 - Is now quite well and will shortly go home.

Discharged August 23rd 1905.


Additional Notes


2nd June 1925 (No. 10478) again with melancholia.

The Medical Certificate reads:Stated she is of no use in this world and asked for a dose of poison.

Has no reasons for staying in bed except that she is of no use to anyone.

Found her in bed, giving advice to different members of family that she was leaving them and would most probably be found in the lakes near the house.

Richard Griffith, husband, states:

She will not get up. Wanders about the country.

Found her trying to set herself on fire with paraffin.

Maggie Griffith, daughter, states her mother has asked her to procure someone to kill her by shooting.

Discharged recovered on 30th December 1925 after a month's trial.

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