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.
Mood disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorders
Family or loved ones
Known individuals, Objects of jealousy or grudge
Unknown individuals, members of public, people in authority
From relatives or friends
From Police or Crime records
Prison or other detention centre records
Not simply an issue about criteria
Depends on skill and experience
Abnormal behavioural patterns or reactions do not necessarily mean illness or disorder.
Start to End
Any loss of response
meeting with carers
compliance with medication
Offences against persons, Homicide, Kidnapping, Hostage, Sexual offences
Offences against property, Criminal Damage
Aquisitive offences, Theft, Burglary, Deception
What is the problem?
Whose problem is it?
Who is affected or likely to be affected?
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
Symptoms and signs
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