Thomas Griffiths (6588)

Admission Details for Patient: Thomas Griffiths (6588)

Gender: Male Age: 16
Marital Status: Single Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Labourer
Address: (Corris) Dolgelley, Merioneth

Date of Admission: June 10, 1905
Date of Discharge: September 25, 1905
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Influenza and said to have had a fright

Medical Certificate:
Patient is continually crying, is frightened of everything, sees bodies about him everywhere, and thinks they are going to harm him, refuses his food because he thinks it is poisoned. Patient cries day and night, sees persons about him that are going to harm him and says they are everywhere in his room; wont allow any friends to come near him because he thinks they are going to harm him. He sometimes refuses his food because he thinks it is poisoned and has threatened to commit suicide - by Mrs. Elizabeth Griffiths, his mother. Dr. R. J. Roberts, LRCP (Edin.) Fron y Graig, Corris.

Approximate duration of present attack: 112 days

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 2

Total Number of Admissions: 3

Relatives affected:

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: Threatened

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: -

Food Refusal: -

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: Steady

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health moderate. His mental change came on during his recovery from Influenza and as far as can be ascertained there is no history of insanity.

Current Diagnosis: Bipolar affective disorder (F31.5)

Case Notes

1905 June 17 - A quiet looking boy with a round full face and a rather large head, covered with thick black hair. Blue irides, pupils equal and mobile. General bodily condition is good. Mentally suffering from Melancholia, the prominent feature of which is a delusion that some harm is coming to him.

He is full of "apprehensive depression" and has admitted that he did at one time contemplate suicide to escape from these imaginary dangers.

He has visual hallucinations. Conduct quiet and good and he now professes to be very much better. July 6 - Much better but still very nervous and easily frightened, especially at night.

Sept 3 - Much better in every way.

Discharged Cured Sept 25th 1905.


Additional Notes


9th January1906 (No. 6682) with Acute Mania.

The Medical Certificate reads: General appearance, talks of having seen his father who is dead, is dangerous to those who look after him - thinks that a compass he has is a watch and will say what time it is, is very restless and keeps talking and shouting.

He threatens to commit suicide, throws knives at persons around him and strikes out at them, breaks everything he can get hold of - is very destructive, smears his face with cinders, has immoral intentions towards all females and will chase them about.

He was discharged recovered on 23rd June 1906.

23rd June 1911 (No. 7680) again with Mania.

The Medical Certificate reads: I. Forgetfulness, says he has about four or five young girls pregnant, talks about being able to drive a motor car over the sea, keeps laughing whatever is spoken to him, is unable to fix his attention to any subject.

II. He attempted to do bodily harm to his mother by taking her by the throat and locking the door.

She was saved by other people hearing the screams. Enters different shops, buys articles and tenders different articles as payment. Eliz. Griffith, Hen Shop, Corris. Humphrey Pugh, butcher, Corris.

Discharged on 25th September 1911 recovered.

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