Category: The Psychodiagnostic Process

Division of Labor

Division of Labor: For any health problem that is not considered an emergency, the primary career physician is our first stop supermarket. If s/he sees the problem as beyond his ability to diagnose and treat, we may be referred elsewhere, but he remains our primary contact person. He compiles all data from tests and second opinion, …

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Surprises

Surprises to avoid: There is an abundance of critical information available from the patient if one were simply to ask and observe. Let’s examine just some of those data that create surprises: a. Patient is non-compliant with medication, therapies or even office visits: Is this consistent with his/her life? For example, does the patient’s physical …

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DSM-5

The DSM-5, the new diagnostic manual, does little to ease the learning curve regarding mental disorders. The chief objections to the DSM-V are that many human frailties, bad judgment and maladaptive habit patterns are now listed as disorders for which treatment is indicated. The most frequently cited example is the inclusion of “caffeine withdrawal disorder” …

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Psychological Status

Psychological Status: An individual has a health crisis; this may be an illness or injury.   In the Emergency Department, they are treated according to the presenting complaint and degree of apparent urgency. The urgency, in turn, is partially determined by the patient’s emotional response but more importantly by the clinical significance of the complaint. Protocol …

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GAD

The most common cause of disability in the United States is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and affects almost 7 million adults in America each year (as contrasted to 2% of adults in Europe). Individuals with GAD, for a period of at least six months, excessively worry about finances, health, interpersonal (family, friendship) problems, and difficulties …

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compliance

Compliance

Compliance: His wife called and said that he has been very depressed. So we scheduled him for an appointment. He has failed …
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commitment

Commitment

Commitment: “The most common reason for being referred for psychotherapy is to help resolve a conflict. This may be …
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mismanagement

Mis-management

Mis-Management: Many psychological complications arise from case mis-management when clear signs of emerging problems go …
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