Title

64-Year-Old Male with Undifferentiated Schizophrenia, Lengthy Institutionalization, Water Imbalance

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

The patient is an unmarried, unemployed, white male with chronic, undifferentiated schizophrenia, who at age 64 years was discharged from a state hospital into a community assisted-living program. Although being discharged into the community is unremarkable, two facts make this patient’s discharge noteworthy. First, he had been hospitalized continuously in this single institution for almost half a century since the age of 16 years. Second, the major obstacle to his discharge was not the severity of his psychosis, but the lack of optimal treatment options for his chronic and potentially life-threatening hyponatremia.

Publication Title

Psychiatric Annals

First Page

315

Last Page

318

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