What are the essential areas that encompass a thorough mental status examination?

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Assignment 1: Adjustment Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Acute Stress Disorder

Adjustment disorders are quite common and potentially very serious because they have been linked to suicide ideation, planned and completed suicide. Consider the important issues of mental status examination and differential diagnosis.

  • What are the differences and similarities among adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and acute stress disorder?
  • What are the essential areas that encompass a thorough mental status examination?
  • Explain the steps you would take in evaluating symptoms. How would you arrive at a differential diagnosis?

Post your responses in a minimum of 300 words.

Submission Details:

  • By the due date assigned, post your responses to this Discussion Area.
  • Through the end of the module, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. While responding, identify the similarities and differences between what you have constructed and what your classmates have.

Discussion Grading Table  Maximum Points    Quality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment   16    Quality of responses to classmates  12    Frequency of responses to classmates  4    Reference to supporting readings and other materials  4    Language and grammar  4

 
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