What can psychiatrists do

Psychiatric examination

What is a psychiatric examination

The psychiatric examination serves to clarify disorders and diseases of the psyche (soul, spirit). These can be pathological disorders of feelings, mood, thinking, memory, experience or behavior. The causes for this can be in the emotional or physical area. The emotional causes include, for example, current stress, previous stressful life events, internal or interpersonal conflicts. Physical causes are e.g. disorders of the brain metabolism, hormonal disorders, or thyroid diseases, but chronic pain can also have a negative effect on the psyche.

The psychiatric examination is an examination from psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Special preparation for the examination is required

A psychiatric examination can be done without any special preparation.

What will be clarified before the examination

No special clarification is necessary beforehand.

How is a psychiatric examination carried out

The psychiatric examination includes an examination interview, a physical examination, laboratory tests (blood analysis and urinalysis), specific tests (e.g. attention test, ADHD test) and, if necessary, X-ray examinations (e.g. exclusion of a brain tumor). The core of the psychiatric examination is the examination conversation between doctor and patient, both for diagnosis and for establishing a relationship of trust (so-called `` doctor-patient relationship ''). Talking to people close to you often also provides additional helpful information (external anamnesis).

When is a psychiatric examination used?

The psychiatric examination serves to diagnose and monitor the course of disorders and diseases of the psyche. However, it is also useful as a supplementary examination for many physical illnesses, as many physical illnesses can have a negative effect on the psyche. For example, chronic pain puts a heavy strain on the psyche and can lead to depression. The effects of physical complaints on the psyche and vice versa in the sense of holistic medicine can only be recorded through a supplementary psychiatric examination. So if the doctor asks about your mental health, this does not automatically mean that he suspects a mental illness.

Common reasons for a psychiatric examination are:

Does the psychiatric examination have any risks or side effects

There are no risks involved in this investigation. Further examinations such as laboratory tests or X-ray examinations can possibly be associated with corresponding risks.

Related clinical pictures

  • Dependence, drug addiction, addiction, addiction disease, addictions
  • Alzheimer
  • Anxiety disorder, panic attack, phobia
  • Borderline syndrome, borderline disorder, personality disorder, personality disorders
  • Burnout syndrome
  • Dementia, senile dementia
 
  • Anxiety (fear, panic, anxiety disorders, panic attack)
  • Concentration disorders (poor concentration, lack of concentration, concentration problems, distractibility, absent-mindedness)
  • Dizziness (vertigo, dizziness, attacks of dizziness, imbalance)
  • Confusion (acute confusion, delirium, confused state, passage disorder)