Clinical Case History, Observation, and Interview
The earliest and still most often used methods for assessing persons who may be regarded as having schizophrenia or, indeed, any disorder of the mind, are history taking, clinical observation, and the psychiatric interview, including a mental status examination. These methods are essentially part of medical tradition. Each method grew out of clinical medicine—descending primarily from neurology, in the case of psychiatry, with its emphasis on diseases of the nervous system. Whereas clinical observation and the interview are methods used in all of clinical medicine, mental status exams have been inherited specifically from neurology.
KeywordsSchizophrenic Patient Psychiatric Hospital Tardive Dyskinesia Psychiatric Interview Secondary Symptom
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