conducting a diagnostic interview with a mental status exam 2

Directions:

When the diagnostic interview is complete, the diagnostician has far more detail about the fluctuations and history of symptoms the patient self-reports, along with the direct observations of the MSE. This combination greatly improves the chances of accurate diagnosis. Conducting the MSE and other special diagnostic elements in a structured but client-sensitive manner supports that goal. In this Assignment, you take on the role of a social worker conducting an MSE.

To prepare:

  • Watch the video describing an MSE. Then watch the Sommers-Flanagan (2014) “Mental Status Exam” video clip. Make sure to take notes on the nine domains of the interview.
  • Review the Morrison (2014) reading on the elements of a diagnostic interview.
  • Review the 9 Areas to evaluate for a Mental Status Exam and example diagnostic summary write-up provided in this Week’s resources.
  • Review the case example of a diagnostic summary write-up provided in this Week’s resources.
  • Write up a Diagnostic Summary including the Mental Status Exam for Carl based upon his interview with Dr. Sommers-Flanagan.

Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.

Resources:

https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1176/app…

Morrison, J. (2014). Diagnosis made easier: Principles and techniques for mental health clinicians (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

  • Chapter 10, “Diagnosis and the Mental Status Exam” (pp. 119–126)
  • Chapter 17, “Beyond Diagnosis: Compliance, Suicide, Violence” (pp. 271–280)

http://www.psychotherapy.net.ezp.waldenulibrary.or…

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5 5TH 13

Chapter 1, “Differential Diagnosis Step by Step” (pp. 14–24)