The psychiatric assessment is the equivalent of a physical exam, tailored to evaluate a patient for psychiatric pathologies. While the psychiatric assessment has a mostly standardized approach, the interviewer can tailor it based on the presenting symptoms of the patient. The psychiatric assessment is designed to systematically assess for various features of psychiatric illnesses and involves both direct questioning and passive observation.
Last updated: 4 Dec, 2021
While there may be variability between how different physicians Physicians Individuals licensed to practice medicine. Clinician–Patient Relationship conduct the encounter, and a physician may tailor the encounter to suit the needs of a patient’s diagnosis, the general structure should be reproducible and follow a logical course.
|Appearance||General description of patient’s appearance and behavior:
|Orientation||Awareness of time, place, and person|
|Spatial orientation||Ability to draw a house, or a clock face with hands indicating a specific time|
|Motor Motor Neurons which send impulses peripherally to activate muscles or secretory cells. Nervous System: Histology||
|Mood||Patient’s internal and self-described emotional state|
|Affect||Expression of patient’s mood or how the mood appears to be to the
A physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or another health professional who is directly involved in patient care and has a professional relationship with patients.
|What thoughts are on the patient’s mind:
|Describes how certain thoughts are made, organized, and expressed:|
reasoning Reasoning Decision-making Capacity and Legal Competence
|Ability to shift between general concepts and specific examples (e.g.: “How are oranges and apples alike?”)|
|Insight||Awareness of one’s illness, mood, and functioning level and its implications|
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