Psychosis Interview

  • Oliver Freudenreich
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


Ascertaining the presence of psychosis currently or in the past is a critical clinical skill as your diagnosis and differential diagnosis hinges on it. This chapter provides guidance about how to go about this task, with emphasis on the cross-sectional mental status exam and, critically, the longitudinal history. Graphically depicting a patient’s history on a timeline can help organize the gathering of information and putting it together in a case presentation. Common mistakes and difficult clinical encounters including malingering are covered as well.


Mental status exam Longitudinal history Collateral information Case presentation Diagnostic mistakes Malingering 


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    1. Carlat DJ. The psychiatric interview. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer; 2017. A very practical guide to all aspects of the psychiatric interview, already in its 4th edition. From the same “Practical Guides in Psychiatry Series” that the 1st edition of this book you are reading is based on.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Freudenreich
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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