Cases That Test Your Skills

Cases That Test Your Skills

Anxiously looking for love

33-year-old single woman seeks a companion but cannot maintain relationships. Does she have anxiety, a personality disorder, or a less obvious...

Cases That Test Your Skills

When clozapine is not an option

After 30 years, Mr. S’ catatonic schizophrenia finally responds to medication, but the drug causes a precipitous WBC decrease. The challenge: find...

Cases That Test Your Skills

Depressed, delusional, and ‘dead’

Mr. P. suddenly becomes mute, lethargic, and gravely disabled. He stands in the street and believes he is killing people around him. What causes...

Cases That Test Your Skills

When your brother becomes a ‘stranger’

Ms. D says ‘impostors’ posing as family members have invaded her house, and ‘stalkers’ are out to get her. What is causing her paranoid delusions...

Cases That Test Your Skills

It’s not easy being emperor

I, Claudius, am paranoid, hypomanic, habitually drunk, and have severe abdominal pains. My family is dysfunctional, and my wife is trying to kill...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The boy who longed for a ‘dry spell’

Chronic enuresis has destroyed 12-year-old Jimmy’s emotional and social functioning. The challenge: restore his self-esteem and find out why can’t...

Cases That Test Your Skills

Conversion disorder? One patient’s ‘moving’ story

Lonely and grieving her daughter’s death, Ms. M confronts diminishing coordination and increasing involuntary limb movements. Doctors say she has...

Cases That Test Your Skills

The ‘date’ that changed her life

Once sociable and fun-loving, 12-year-old Julie suddenly has depressive episodes, fights with her mother, has trouble sleeping, and is suicidal....

Cases That Test Your Skills

For 8 years, she’s been ‘spellbound’

A longstanding seizure disorder has left Ms. A disabled, dependent, and depressed. Neurologists say she has epilepsy. Is this diagnosis correct?...

Cases That Test Your Skills

A ‘bad’ boy’s behavior problems

Two weeks after changing medications, a hyperactive 11-year-old becomes manic and attempts suicide. Is the new regimen or an undiagnosed mental...

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