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Mental Disorder Assessments by Mind Map: Mental Disorder Assessments
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Mental Disorder Assessments

Also known as 'Psychiatric assessments' or mental health assessments. This is not simply a checklist. Depending on the intensity of the assessment required, a doctor may consider all these points at interview. It could be a tough exercise to gather all this information in one hour from an interview. To approach this in too pressured a way may lead to a break down of communication or the relationship during an interview. Patients always have a need to feel supported and not made to feel as if they are under interrogation.

Types of mental disorder

Illnesses

Schizophrenia

Mood disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorders

Cognitive disoders

Personality Disorders

Mental Impairments

RISK

Self

Self-harm

Accidental suicide

Intentional suicide

Others

Family or loved ones

Known individuals, Objects of jealousy or grudge

Unknown individuals, members of public, people in authority

Diagnosis

Mental State Examination

Other evidence relevant to diagnostic criteria

From relatives or friends

From employers

From Police or Crime records

Prison or other detention centre records

GP Notes

Forensic evidence

Diagnostic criteria

ICD-10

DSM-IV

Not simply an issue about criteria

Depends on skill and experience

Importantly - there may be no mental disorder

Abnormal behavioural patterns or reactions do not necessarily mean illness or disorder.

Treatment issues

Types

Psychological

Biological

Social

Familial

Duration

Start to End

Continuous?

Intermittent, Frequency

Response

How consistent

Any loss of response

Adherence

meeting with carers

attendance

compliance with medication

Professionals

Status

Qualifications

Expertise

Associated precipitating events

Stress

Duration

Frequency

Severity

Life Events

Entry

Exit

Loss

Gain

Predispositions

Demographics

Age

Sex

Socioeconomic class

Bio

Genetic

Drug misuse

Psycho

Occupational

Social

Familial

Cultural

Migrational

Complications

Medications

Side Effects

Adverse Effects

Risk materialisation

Suicide

Homicide

Hostage taking

Crime or recidivism

Offences against persons, Homicide, Kidnapping, Hostage, Sexual offences

Offences against property, Criminal Damage

Aquisitive offences, Theft, Burglary, Deception

Protective factors

Psychosocial support

Pschological

Personality factors

Religious and spiritual values

Understanding the individual's history and personal circumstances

Is there a problem?

What is the problem?

Whose problem is it?

Who is affected or likely to be affected?

Background History

Family

Personal history, Childhood, Education, Relationships, Occupation, Interests/hobbies, Physical or psychological trauma

Medical, History of illnesses, How these may affect mental state or treatment response

Forensic/Criminal

Mental state examintion

Symptoms and signs

Cognitive assessment

Insight

Personality

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