Cases That Test Your Skills

Cases That Test Your Skills

The nurse who worked the system

Ms. Y has been hospitalized for suicidality 49 times in 6 years. Until now, her providers have condoned her sense of entitlement. How would you...

Cases That Test Your Skills

Afraid to leave home

Clozapine alleviates Mr. B’s schizophrenia symptoms, but he develops anxieties that leave him virtually homebound. Is the antipsychotic to blame...

Cases That Test Your Skills

A chilling complication

Mr. S experiences recurrent hypothermia during treatment for multiple medical problems and psychotic symptoms. Could antipsychotics be the cause...

Cases That Test Your Skills

A mysterious loss of memory

Mrs. K develops depressive symptoms and memory loss while being successfully treated for multiple sclerosis and migraines. How would you address...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The treatment-resistant catatonia patient

Ms. R develops severe catatonia after being hospitalized with agitation, delusions, and hallucinations. A benzodiazepine does not help. How would...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The angry patient with Asperger’s

Mr. A’s social skills are poor, and he has threatened and hit people when angry. What would you recommend for this anxious, depressed,...

Cases That Test Your Skills

A mysterious physical and mental decline

Since Mr. C developed intermittent fever, hematuria, and fatigue 2 months ago, his short-term memory has diminished so much that he forgets to eat...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The inexplicably suicidal patient

After becoming confused, Mr. A attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge. He has a history of cognitive developmental delay but no psychiatric...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The sailor who won’t follow orders

Mr. L is rehospitalized 9 times in 3 months but repeatedly fails to adhere to outpatient treatment. What is the cause of his exasperating behavior...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The puzzling self-poisoner

Ms. M tried to kill herself with rat poison, and her coagulation values continue to rise. Is she secretly consuming more poison in her hospital...

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