Conducting a Diagnostic Interview With a Mental Status Exam

4- to 5-page paper in which you:

  • Write up your MSE for Carl based upon his interview with Dr. Sommers-Flanagan. Be professional and concise for all nine areas.
  • Explain the presenting problem for the referral and the identifying descriptors for Carl.
  • Identify any areas in your MSE that require follow-up data collection.
  • Explain how using the cross-cutting measure would add to the information gathered.
  • Analyze the quality of the MSE interview between Dr. Sommers-Flanagan and Carl. In your analysis, consider the following questions:
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses in how Dr. Sommers-Flanagan conducts the interview and his variations from the formal MSE?
  • What impact does the use of these skills seem to have on Carl?
  • How do the skills affect rapport?
  • Do Carl’s answers add to your ability to diagnose him in any specific way? Why or why not?
  • Explain how you would respond to Carl. In your explanation, consider the following questions:
  • What concerns would you have about Carl’s mannerisms in the interview or his spontaneous content and unusual beliefs?
  • How would you address these mannerisms and beliefs?
  • Would you discuss them with Carl now or in the future? Why?

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