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Brief Psychiatric History and Mental Status Examination

  • John R. Vanin
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Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

A comprehensive medical evaluation includes a thorough history, physical examination, and appropriate laboratory, imaging and other studies. An important portion of the history in a primary care evaluation is the psychiatric history and the mental status examination. When evaluating a patient for mental or emotional disorders, history is truly everything. Often, the practitioner must ask specific questions to assess the presence of common mental disorders in order to supplement other information or because the patient does not recognize or does not volunteer the symptoms.

Casting ones net for the symptoms of common mental disorders, including the category of anxiety disorders, is extremely helpful to fully assess a patient's emotional and physical status. Disorders that comorbidly occur may further complicate matters, especially if common symptoms are shared. For example, shared symptoms of both generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder include worrying, poor...

Keywords

Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Symptom Social Anxiety Disorder Psychiatric History Primary Care Practitioner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Vanin
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  1. 1.West Virginia University Student Health ServiceMorgantownUSA

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