Cases That Test Your Skills

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...

Cases That Test Your Skills

‘I’ve been abducted by aliens’

Ms. S is afraid to sleep at night because that’s when the aliens come. Is she psychotic, or do her nocturnal experiences have another cause?

Cases That Test Your Skills

The patient who ‘spilled salt’

Mrs. V has psychotic depression and hyponatremia. Is beer drinking or diuretic use causing her low serum sodium? Or could it be something else?

Cases That Test Your Skills

The patient nobody liked

Mr. L’s recurrent suicidality and aggressive, disruptive behaviors anger patients and hospital staff. What is his diagnosis? How would you get him...

Cases That Test Your Skills

One patient’s ‘shot’ at redemption

Mr. B believes shooting himself in the abdomen expunges his guilt. Is he delusional? Depressed? Obsessive-compulsive? Is another psychopathology...

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