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Mini Mental Status Evaluation
Don't understand: The question? There are really no teaching plans for altered mental status. You need to figure out the cause and treat it if possible. ...Read more
A stroke: There is a risk of a clot getting loose from the heart and if it travels to the brain, a stroke could develop. As medications used for anesthesia are rather short lived it would be unlikely that the medication would cause the mental status change except very transiently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A little unclear ??: Are you maybe asking whether primary care doctors treat people with mental health diagnoses differently from other patients? I'm not sure this is what you mean -- but if so, all patients should receive the same level of care. However, mental health issues do impact overall health and how able people are to participate in their care. Mental health needs consideration in the whole picture. ...Read more
See below...: A basic mental health risk assessment (mhra) assesses risk factors such as ideation or planning of causing harm to self or others. A more comprehensive such assessment would also attend to risk behaviors such as "cutting", substance abuse, child or elderly neglect or abuse, self neglect. ...Read more
20% of patients in a: middle-class (low risk) pediatric practice have psychosocial disorders. Many pediatricians use well- validated, age-appropriate standardized screens, listed on www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=dhs16_149102 or CHADIS, a web-based program that scores pre-visit parent & teacher questionnaires for the doctor's review. ...Read more
Yes: Stroke = neuronal damage or death. You lose brain cells, you lose function. The extent of functionality lost is hard to predict but naturally depends on the anatomic area affected by the strokes. Multi-infarct dementia is a form of progressive dementia caused by repeat stroke occurrences. ...Read more
Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?
Depends: If treatment of psychopathology is the goal, there must be a diagnosis. If a person only wants feedback about their thoughts and feeling then yes. ...Read more
Eventually impaires : All areas of function in this question eventually become effected more or less. No one answer. The type of dementia plays a big role in these areas. Fronto-temp. Dementia often starts at earlier ages and is often mistaken as a primary psychiatric condition as cognition is relatively spared in early stages but behaviors may be very inappropriate. Disability may be needed which becomes another issue. ...Read more
Axiety: Here is one example. Let's say a person becomes very anxious, for whatever reason. If he/she is anxious enough and for a long enough period of time, sleep loss begins, and then overeating or undereating, then the immune system can slowly be compromised, which means more physical illness, and in dire, extreme prolonged cases, ulcers and cardiac issues, just to name a few. ...Read more
A good interview : A mental health assessment involves an interview by a mental health expert to help identify your problem. It usually starts with open ended questions and then more specific questions are asked to narrow possible reasons for your problem. Sometimes questionnaires are used to identify problems like depression or adhd. Remember the assessment is to help you so don't be afraid to ask questions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Both terms are broad: Mental health professions vary widely on amount and type of training. Also, there are even wider differences in types and severity of mental illness. It's unlikely that highly trained professionals suffer severe disabling mental illness as licensing & other credentialing would weed them out. But, it's likely that some have had personal therapy since they know it's helpful & life's not always easy. ...Read more
What insurance would cover mental health? Could you qualify for medicaid? What mental health issues would get you qualified?
Pay for them: Lots of practitioners of behavioral therapy are not covered with insurance and accept only direct pay. If that's not feasible, depending on the need, if this is for a child, the school may authorize and pay for behavioral services through an individualized education plan (iep). Also, if you meet criteria, public insurance (medicaid) may pay for such care. ...Read more
Legal question: It's a good idea to consult with your attorney regarding these legal questions. Courts of law determine whether a person is competent or not. This court's decision is usually informed by the report/testimony of a mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist) with expertise in competency evaluations. ...Read more
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If a usually healthy person, on meds for partial epilepsy had toxoplasmosis, could it cause mental health issues such as psychotic episodes?
Yes: This is a topic of active scientific interest. You can read a review here: http://www.Stanleyresearch.Org/dnn/laboratoryofdevelopmentalneurovirology/toxoplasmosisschizophreniaresearch/tabid/172/default.Aspx. ...Read more
Is an 8 year old self inflicted 1.5 inch cut on your arm be considered mental health issue by the doctor doing your medical exam for Australian visa?
Mental Status Exams: As i mentioned earlier, the basic domains of a person's mental state include: appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perceptions, cognition, insight, and judgment. These vital signs of a person's mental status are typically assessed during a mental status evaluation. Other domains may also be assessed, and specific tests may be done when needed. ...Read more
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