What's your diagnosis Case 3: strange behaviour and a bullet in the back?

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Mr S (45), a factory worker and war veteran, has been feeling increasingly tired the past couple of weeks.  He struggles to fall asleep when he goes to bed, although he doesn't go to bed later than usual.

Mr S’s wife is particularly concerned about the fact that he is very irritable and has a poor appetite. What’s even more concerning is that Mr S almost drove into the garage wall while parking the car. He made nothing of it when she asked him.

But, strangely, when he dropped a mug the other day, he was particularly upset about the incident.  

A week ago Mr S had an episode of gout, which he has never had before. His doctor prescribed treatment and although not completely resolved, the symptoms are much better.

Except for an unsuccessful attempt to remove a bullet lodged in his back when he was shot at during the war, he has a clear surgical history. He doesn't take any chronic medication and has no known allergies.

On Wednesday, on their way to the mall, he asked his wife why they were not going to church as it was Sunday.

Mr S’s wife is very concerned and decides to take him to the doctor.

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