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Beyond the Chief Complaint

Clemens, Norman A. MD

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Journal of Psychiatric Practice 17(4):p 285-287, July 2011. | DOI: 10.1097/01.pra.0000400266.75784.da


Key to the psychiatric evaluation is opening the narrative of the life events and emotional states associated with the emergence of the presenting symptoms. This is fundamental to establishing a therapeutic alliance and laying a foundation for the psychotherapeutic part of the treatment plan. Three composite case examples illustrate common patterns of such discovery in a psychotic illness, panic disorder, and depression. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2011;17:285–287)

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