Category: The Psychodiagnostic Process

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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BiPolar Disorders

Bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of the disorder can be severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs of everyday life.  The symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job …

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Feeling Their Pain

Feeling the misery of others is a dubious task. Many patients feel that none of their friends, family or prior co-workers appreciate the extent …
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Onset

Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance We do know that psychological disorders are comorbid (occur together) with sleep disorders. …
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The Mill

The Mill: I had a patient with a persistent headache and dizziness. He told his friend, a gastroenterologist, about the symptoms. …
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