This book will help mental health professionals to develop the fundamental generic skills in interviewing and assessment which form the foundation of psychiatric practice. It is about the process of reaching a diagnosis and is a practical guide to help the reader make the transition from novice to competent clinician. It is based on real problems encountered in modern general adult psychiatric practice, and is set in a range of environments, in the clinic and in the community. The text is punctuated by a selection of case studies to illustrate the principles highlighted in the book. This book will be essential reading for all members of the mental health team. Its practical grounding in everyday clinical experience will appeal to trainee psychiatrists and more experienced clinicians alike, as well as to nurses, social workers and psychologists.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. What Am I Trying to Find Out Here?: 1. Diagnosis; 2. History; 3. Mental state and psychopathology; 4. Cognitive state assessment and organic disease; Part II. The Main Principles of One to One Interviewing: 5. Office based psychiatric assessment; 6. Understanding and managing relationships with patients; Part III. The Difficult Interview: 7. Difficulties relating to psychosis; 8. Unpopular patients; Part IV: Self awareness; 9. Values and beliefs; 10. Culture; 11. Who should I be?; Part V. Out of the Clinic: 12. Interviewing with other team members; 13. Interviewing families and other informants; 14. In the community; Part VI. Drawing it all Together: 15. Personality; 16. Risk and safety; 17. Note keeping, letters and reports; Afterword: Getting alongside patients.