Magdalen Magdalen Griffiths (6930)

Admission Details for Patient: Magdalen Hannah Griffiths (6930)

Gender: Female Age: 42
Marital Status: Married Religion: Calvinist Methodist
Occupation: Married woman
Address: Bangor, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: January 18, 1905
Date of Discharge: March 20, 1905
Discharge Category: Relieved

Disease: Acute Mania
Supposed Cause: Religious excitement

Medical Certificate:
Wildness of expression in her face, her restlessness, she pointed to an imaginary budgie above her bed which she said blocked her way, she rose from the lying posiiton to grasp at the button of my coat and calling upon her brother who stood by me to make a hole where she pointed, she immediately wandered from any subject I named in conversation with her. Owen Williams, 223 Carnarvon Road, states that for the last 12 days she has neglected all her duties; has been singing hymns; hysterically shouting that she could not see Jesus Christ; has struck her husband in the face while telling him to go away from her and that she had required attendance of a nurse night and day. Dr. Rees Rowland Jones, 278 High Street, Bangor.

She has been in bed for the past 12 days, full of all manner of delusions of a religious character, she would not touch food, said she saw objects in the bed, pointed them out to me and got very excited because I said I could not see them, talked very much in the most wicked manner and would have hit me only for the woman holding her hands. By her husband and brother, that she is talking incessantly in the most incoherent manner and refuses food, shouts violently at times and struggles with them. Dr. Richard Jones, 260 High Street, Bangor.

Approximate duration of present attack: 7

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: No

Clean Habit: Yes

Food Refusal: Yes

Sleep Habit: Bad

Destructive Habit: No

Disposition: A very respectable woman

Education: -

Physical/Mental State at Examination: Health moderate. This patient developed acute symptoms a week ago after attending some of the revival meetings at Bangor.

Current Diagnosis: Acute transient psychosis (F23.3)

Case Notes

1905 Jan 19 - Patient is a diminutive and poorly nourished little woman with black hair and brown irides, which look black.

Sallow complexion but is apparently in fair health.

She is acutely excited, singing and talking scripture.

Has no idea where she is or when she came here and thinks I am a Mr Pozzi.

She sleeps badly and has to be pushed with her food.

Jan 25 - Quieter, clearer in mind, and sleeping much better. Feb 15 - Has not made very definite progress.

Confused and irrational. Sometimes noisy at night and useless.

In good health.

Mar 9 - Improving steadily of late and is putting on flesh. Has commenced to use her needle.

25 - This patient's friends have come and removed her in opposition to all advice given them. She is improving steadily and it may be that she will do so to recovery at home. Still, the experiment is a risky one, and has been done contrary to the wishes of those who treated her.

Discharged "Relieved". March 20th 1905.


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