Catherine Jones (6635)

Admission Details for Patient: Catherine Ann Jones (6635)

Name Mismatch: 6635 , 2521

Gender: Female Age: 38
Marital Status: Single Religion: Wesleyan Methodist
Occupation: Domestic servant
Address: Llanddeiniolen, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: September 27, 1905
Date of Discharge: May 20, 1922
Discharge Category: Recovered

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Heredity

Medical Certificate:
She talks incessantly and says that they are going to build a new chapel in the village which is not a fact, she will not eat or do any work in the house, whereas before she used to be very industrious and clean, she also neglects her person. Robert Jones, her brother, states that she tried to drown herself in a river close by the house; also that on several occasions she tried to destroy herself by jumping out of the bedroom window which she broke in the attempt. William Roberts the next neighbour, states that she is rowdy and noisy at night and that she wanders about aimlessly, she also wantonly destroys the crockery. Dr. Henry Jones, Trefeddyg, Port Dinorwic.

Approximate duration of present attack: 56 days

Number of Previous Attacks: 0

Number of Previous Admissions: 0

Number of Subsequent Admissions: 1

Total Number of Admissions: 2

Relatives affected: Paternal uncle died here

Epileptic: No

Suicidal: Threatened and attempted

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit: -

Food Refusal: -

Sleep Habit: -

Destructive Habit: -

Disposition: -

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health good. Patient first showed symptoms about 2 months ago and has become troublesome, she is suicidal and has jumped into a river and out of a window.

Current Diagnosis: Schizophrenia (F20.2)

Case Notes

1905 Oct 1 - Patient is over medium height and very powerfully built. Very dark and swarthy, gypsy-like with rugged features. Dull and taciturn and refuses to reply when spoken to. Mutters and talks to herself. She has also to be pressed to take food. Objects to examination.

Good health.

7 - Does not give any very active trouble. 28 - Brighter and apparently improving. Has done a little needlework once or twice.

Dec 15 - No improvement. Sulky and solitary.

1906 Jan - Threatening at times but has not shown active violence.

June - Remained the same until a few weeks ago when she began to do some work in the wards. She is a little less surly and unsociable.

Sept - Works well and gives no trouble but is obviously insane. 1907 Feb to 1912 March - No further change.isq. 1912 Aug 26 - She is suffering from Chronic Mania with Secondary Dementia. She becomes noisy and abusive in a rambling and incoherent manner and has little idea of time and place. Fair health and condition.

1913 June - Quiet and well behaved lately.

Sept - Is demented. Dec - Dull and indifferent. Dementia. Fair health. (Notes are continued in the Loose Leaf Case Book.

Her condition remained unchanged and in January 1922 she is described as "demented, stupid and indifferent").

Discharged to the Workhouse on May 20th 1922.


Additional Notes


21st December 1922 (No. 10016) with Melancholia, cause unknown. The Medical Certificate reads:

She was discharged seven months ago from Denbigh Asylum.

She talks to herself, stares blankly and refuses to answer questions and she keeps secrets to herself. She prefers quietness and complains of noises in the head.

She looks irritable.

Robert Richard Jones, nephew, states that she gets up in the night, examines the window, as if attempting to escape. She aimlessly removed the furniture at night and wants to wander.

His wife is afraid of her.

She threw on the roadside valuable articles, watch and brooches, which are now in possession of the Police. She thinks Matron is watching her and talks to herself and looks wild.

Discharged recovered on 4th September 1924 after a three month trial.

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