Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment in Psychiatry

Techniques & Settings

Psychiatric Interview: Introduction

Human behavior is multifaceted and complex. When it becomes dysfunctional because of environmental stressors or brain disease it can be mysterious and frustrating to the inexperienced clinician who must master the tasks of diagnosis and management. This is especially true of neurobehavioral disorders, which involve organically related changes in cognitive or emotional behavior that appear to fall between the boundaries of psychiatry and neurology. The clinician needs to be able to appreciate and assess the signs and symptoms of these neurobehavioral disorders with the same discernment as the more traditional physical syndromes, such as myocardial infarction or common infections.

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