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Taking a psychiatric history from a medical patient 

Taking a psychiatric history from a medical patient

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Taking a psychiatric history from a medical patient
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Eleanor Feldman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2602
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date: 23 July 2017

It is important to screen for mental health problems: they are common in general medical patients and failure to recognize and deal with them will often interfere with the management of the physical health of the patient.

Depression can kill, and if by screening you identify depression, you should ask about hopelessness and suicidal ideation (how to do this sensitively is discussed in ...

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