E J (9515)

Admission Details for Patient: E J (9515)

Gender: Female Age: 61
Marital Status: Married Religion: Congregationalist
Occupation: Wife of railway storeman
Address: Bangor, Carnarvonshire

Date of Admission: September 28, 1920
Date of Death: October 14, 1921
Cause of Death:

Disease: Melancholia
Supposed Cause: Bodily illness

Medical Certificate:
(a) Exceedingly depressed, complains of people talking about her, continually pulling her hair. Says she has no feeling, no taste, no sense of smell. Has no inside, not sure of her existence. A negative personality. (b) W R J, husband, says his wife is depressed, noisy and uses very bad language, complains that people are continually talking about her and annoying her, is incapable of performing her household duties although physically able to do so, and is inclined to be suicidal. Dr. Corbet William Owen, Bangor, 28th Sept 1920.

Approximate duration of present attack: 6 months

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: Yes (attempted)

Dangerous: No

Clean Habit:

Food Refusal:

Sleep Habit:

Destructive Habit:

Disposition: Temperate and steady


Physical/Mental State at Examination: Poor health and condition and is suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Has slept little for 12 months. First signs of attack - attempt to commit suicide.

Current Diagnosis: Depressive episode (F32.3)

Case Notes

1920 Oct 1 (copy) - Suffering from Melancholia.

She is depressed and apprehensive and states that people were persecuting her and that she was depressed owing to her ill health and unable to do her house duties. She is very emotional breaks down into tears during an interview. She denies that she has ever threatened suicide.

Poor health and condition and suffering from tuberculosis.

17 - Still depressed and deluded. Confined to bed.

24 - isq. Nov 2 - Has improved a little.

17 - Her physical condition is not improving. She is now confined to bed with slight diarrhoea and temperature.

Unchanged mentally.

Dec 18 - Still very depressed and only speaks in whispers.

1921 Jan 2 - Unchanged mentally.

Confined to bed.

Apr to July - Unchanged.

Aug 29 (copy) - Takes little interest in her surroundings.

Answers questions slowly and with hesitation and often breaks down into tears when spoken to.

Oct 13 - Died at 7.15 pm.


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