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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