Psychiatric Assessment
Psychiatric Assessment

Psychiatric Assessment

by Helen Farrell, MD

The goals of a general psychiatric assessment are to collect objective data that supports a diagnosis and to determine whether that diagnosis requires treatment. The assessment is the first step in creating a treatment plan or assessing the need for immediate intervention, as well as identifying any longer-term issues that require follow-up care.

There are key portions of the assessment that cannot be missed (e.g., a suicide risk screen) and other parts that can may require art and tact (e.g., the mental status exam and taking the history of a patient with an active psychiatric illness). Any patient that walks into a physician’s office may carry a psychiatric diagnosis or undiagnosed condition that affects care they are to receive. It is important for every physician to be aware of these diagnoses and conditions to best care for their patients.

Course Details

  • Videos 7
  • Duration 1:05 h
  • Quiz questions 31
  • Concept Pages 3


Your Educators of course Psychiatric Assessment

 Helen Farrell, MD

Helen Farrell, MD

Dr. Helen M. Farrell is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, USA.
She obtained her MD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2006. Currently, she is a Harvard Medical School faculty member, and board certified Psychiatrist and Forensic Psychiatrist.
Due to her achievements, she is well published in the field of forensic psychology, and has appeared as an expert witness in court. She also delivered the TEDx Talk, “Creating Hope for Mental Health” in 2015.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Farrell teaches courses on Psychiatry.

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Awesome class
By deleted u. on 25. May 2022 for Psychiatric Assessment

Dr Farrell did a great job. Her review is objective and cover important topics. I recommend her lessons for those who are starting and those who need to review the most important points. Congratulations

Love it
By Umar A. on 10. February 2022 for Psychiatric Assessment

Easy to follow. Better than reading books on my own.

Great talk
By Jayanta S. on 23. December 2021 for Psychiatric Assessment

Just so clear and concise .recommended for every doctor practitioner

Great Lecture
By Mah M. on 03. July 2021 for Psychiatric Assessment

I keep coming back to this lecture, it is the best explanation of the Psychiatric assessment. Thanks Dr Farrell