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Introduction to Approach to the Patient With Mental Symptoms

By Caroline Carney , MD, MSc, Chief Executive Officer;Chief Medical Officer, Cetan Health Consultants LLC, Indianapolis, IN;MDwise, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

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Patients with mental complaints or concerns or disordered behavior present in a variety of clinical settings, including primary care and emergency treatment centers. Complaints or concerns may be new or a continuation of a history of mental problems. Complaints may be related to coping with a physical condition or be the direct effects of a physical condition. The method of assessment depends on whether the complaints constitute an emergency or are reported in a scheduled visit. In an emergency, a physician may have to focus on more immediate history, symptoms, and behavior to be able to make a management decision. In a scheduled visit, a more thorough assessment is appropriate.

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