Psychiatry

In these sessions we will use contrasting case studies of patients who have disturbed or challenging behaviours to explore how the medical interview, physical examination and investigations are used to determine a diagnosis (or differential diagnosis). An emphasis will be placed on performing a mental status examination in addition to the general examination.  A compassionate approach and establishing rapport will be discussed.

Toxicology issues relating to deliberate self harm are covered in the toxicology topic.

Learning objectives

  • To recognise the need to perform a mental state examination to comprehensively assess a patient presenting with disturbed behaviour;
  • To  recognize there are many organic causes of “psychiatric” presentations

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