Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
160 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
August 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380704
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Overview

This practical and highly accessible workbook allows students and practitioners-in-training to gain the skills and knowledge needed in order to conduct a comprehensive psychiatric mental status examination. This rich selection of pedagogical content, which includes case studies, activities, chapter glossaries, and study questions, reinforces the terms and concepts that are related to key assessment areas. Each chapter functions as a distinct unit and allows readers to pick and choose relevant material, and lays the groundwork to help clinicians effectively assess patients for potential psychopathology, suicidal or homicidal ideation, and psychosis.

Written at an introductory level, the Fundamentals of the Psychiatric Mental Status Examination is an essential tool for students in health, nursing, occupational therapy, and social work programs, as well as any specialist employed in the areas of mental health and addiction.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface x

Chapter 1 — Psychiatric Mental Status Examination 1

What Is a Psychiatric Mental Status Examination? 2
Who Conducts a Psychiatric Mental Status Examination? 4
Chapter Glossary Terms 6
Activity: What Do I Say Next? 7
Study Questions 8

Chapter 2 — Preparing to Complete a Psychiatric Mental Status

Examination, by Linda Cavanaugh 9

What Are You Looking For? 10
Activity: My Images of Mentally Healthy and Mentally Ill 10
What Does It Mean When Someone Is Mentally “Healthy”? 11
Activity: Time to Ponder 14
Assessment for the “Expected” 14
Chapter Glossary Terms 21
Study Questions 22

Chapter 3 — General Description 24

General Description: How Is This Assessed? 25
Special Considerations 29
Chapter Glossary Terms 29
Activity: General Description Word Search 31
Study Questions 33
Case Study 33

Chapter 4 — Emotional State 35

How Is Emotional State Assessed? 36
Special Considerations 38
Chapter Glossary Terms 39
Activity: Writing a Focused Review 41
Study Questions 42
Case Study 42

Chapter 5 — Speech 44

How Is Speech Assessed? 45
Special Considerations 47
Chapter Glossary Terms 47
Activity: Speech Linkage with Other Areas of the Mental Status
Examination 48
Study Questions 49
Case Study 50

Chapter 6 — Thought Processes 52

How Are Thought Processes Assessed? 53
Special Considerations 55
Chapter Glossary Terms 55
Activity: Alphabet Soup Puzzle 56
Study Questions 57
Case Study 57

Chapter 7 — Thought Content 59

How Is Thought Content Assessed? 60
Special Considerations 62
Chapter Glossary Terms 63
Activity: Developmental Refresher 63
Study Questions 65
Case Study 65

Chapter 8 — Risk Assessment 68

What Is a Risk Assessment? 69
Special Considerations 73
Chapter Glossary Terms 74
Activity: Risk Assessment Word Search 74
Study Questions 76
Case Study 76

Chapter 9 — Perception 79

How Is Perception Assessed? 80
How Do You Document Perception? 83
Special Considerations 84
Chapter Glossary Terms 84
Activity: What Is Expected versus Unexpected? 85
Study Questions 87
Case Study 87

Chapter 10 — Cognitive State 89

How Is Cognitive State/Sensorium Assessed? 90
Special Considerations 96
Chapter Glossary Terms 96
Activity: What Is Expected versus Unexpected? 97
Study Questions 99
Case Study 99

Chapter 11 — Insight 103

How Is Insight Assessed? 104
Special Considerations 105
Chapter Glossary Terms 106
Activity: Insight Matching Exercise 106
Study Questions 107
Case Study 108

Chapter 12— Volition 110

How Do You Assess Volition? 111
Special Considerations 113
Chapter Glossary Terms 113
Activity: What Is Expected versus Unexpected? 113
Study Questions 114
Case Study 114

Chapter 13 — Physical Functioning 116

Physical Functioning: Does It Really Matter? 117
Special Considerations 118
Chapter Glossary Terms 118
Activity: What Body System Are You Asking About? 119
Study Questions 120
Case Study 121

Chapter 14 — Putting It All Together 123

Now What? 124
Activity: Collecting Information on Mental Status Examination Section
Categories 125
Case Study 128

Chapter 15— What Do You Do with a Completed Psychiatric Mental

Status Examination? 130

Next Steps 131
Example of a Psychiatric Mental Status Examination 131
Study Questions 133

Activity Answers 134

Glossary 139

Cheryl Webster Pollard

Cheryl Webster Pollard is an Associate Dean and Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at MacEwan University. She has held positions as a mental health clinical nurse specialist and nurse researcher, and has also held progressive leadership positions within community and tertiary care settings.


Reviews

“Most MSE guides are highly technical, but this workbook offers a practical approach to MSE. With nothing like this on the market, this book is an excellent contribution and invaluable resource to the field.”

Sonya Jakubec, Mount Royal University

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