Case Study for Mental Health 1

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CaseStudy for Mental Health 1

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CaseStudy for Mental Health 1

1.Admission Procedure and Criteria

Inthe cases presented, Mrs. Anderson voluntarily seeks medicalintervention in the psychiatric hospital for what she describes as acrippling depression. On the other hand, Miss Boehmer is presented tothe hospital involuntarily and displays the characteristics ofaggressiveness and hostility. In this particular case, Mrs. Andersonwho is an adult will have a primary diagnosis to establish hercondition and may be admitted on a voluntary basis. In Miss Boehmer’scase, she will undergo an involuntary admission, as suggested by theMental Health Act of 2001 (Kelly, 2013). The reason for theinvoluntary admission is, as put by the Act, to prevent immediate andsevere harm to self and others. The criteria used for the admissionof the two patients as suggested by Ziegenbein et al. (2012), will bebased on the severity of the mental conditions, the hostility, andcharacter displayed by the patients, and the willingness to beadmitted.

2.Approval for Admission

MissBoehmers document shows that a judge has signed orders for hercommitment instead of a referring physician. The nurse is obliged toadmit the patient based on the court order as the Superior Court andthe Family Court are allowed by law to request for an involuntaryadmission of a mentally disordered patient so as to prevent harm toself and others.

3.Discharge Criteria

MissBoehmer was admitted to the hospital involuntarily and upon a courtorder. The hospital staff had the right to restrict her from leavingthe hospital until a comprehensive medical examination is conductedto approve her discharge (Kelly, 2013). The patient, however, has theright to communicate with anyone from outside therefore, it wouldhave been inappropriate for the staff to take the letter from MissBoehmer.

4.Habeas Corpus

Byrequesting her attorney to file the habeas corpus for her, Ms.Boehmer hopes to sue the hospital for confining her against her wish.In this case, however, the court had ordered her confinement at themental facility for treatment purposes as provided by law and it istherefore unlikely that the recourse will succeed (Ziegenbein et al.,2012). If she succeeds, however, and the court orders for herdischarge, the psychiatric physician will be obliged to evaluate hercondition and authorize the discharge.


Kelly,B. D. (2013). The Irish Mental Health Act 2001. PsychiatricBulletin,31(1),21-24. doi:10.1192/pb.31.1.21

Ziegenbein,M., Anreis, C., Brüggen, B., Ohlmeier, M., &amp Kropp, S. (2012).Possible criteria for inpatient psychiatric admissions: Whichpatients are transferred from emergency services to inpatientpsychiatric treatment? BMCHealth Services Research BMC Health Serv Res,6(1).doi:10.1186/1472-6963-6-150

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