PTSD Hiding Beneath the Tip of an Alleged Psychosis Iceberg !


During my six month thrown in at the deep end crash course in Mental Health Nursing two cases stick foremost in my mind, one a woman in her late forties and a man in his mid thirties.

The woman in question had been in hospital for most of her life since she was a teenager, when I first met her she was on Charnock Ward at Chorley on level 3 observation when allowed out to smoke in the common quadrangle. I initially broke the ice by calling her ” Whispering Tommy ” as every time she opened her mouth she shouted, and soon formed a good relationship with her. Once I had gained he confidence she told me that a guy called Dugdale had kept her as a sex slave until one of the guys raping her ( Durkin ) got her pregnant and had to marry her. When her…

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