PSYC 4430 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Mental Status Examination, Sensorium

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Chapter 3: Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research in Psychopathology
1. Assessing psychological disorders
a. Clinical assessment
b. Diagnosis
c. Purposes of clinical assessment
i. To understand the individual
ii. To predict behavior
iii. To plan treatment
iv. To evaluate treatment outcome
d. Analogous to a funnel
i. Starts broad—what’s goig o? why are you here?
ii. Multidimensional in approach
1. Home life/blood work/health, etc.
iii. Narrow to specific problem areas
2. The clinical interview and physical exam
a. Clinical interview
i. Most common clinical assessment method
ii. Structured or semi-structured
b. Mental status exam
i. Appearance and behavior
1. Overt behavior
2. Attire
3. Appearance, posture, expressions
ii. Thought processes
1. Rate of speech
2. Continuity of speech
3. Content of speech
iii. Mood and affect
1. Predominate feeling state of the individual
2. Feeling state accompanying what individual says
iv. Intellectual functioning
1. Type of vocabulary
2. Use of abstractions and metaphors
v. Sensorium
1. Awareness of surroundings in term of person (self and clinician),
time, and place
c. Physical exam
i. May not be done with therapist
ii. Make sure that the issue is’t edical
3. Behavioral assessment and observation
a. Behavioral assessment
i. Focus on the presenthere and now
ii. Direct observation of behavior-environment relations
iii. Purpose is to identify problematic behaviors and situations
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