This trusted practitioner resource and course text is grounded in James Morrison's experience with more than 15,000 mental health patients. Morrison provides a complete framework for interviewing adult patients about their current symptoms, personal and family history, mental status, behavioral risks, and other relevant issues. He offers guidance for selecting the best strategy for any clinical situation, building rapport, overcoming common challenges, and communicating findings. Appendices include a detailed semistructured interview and a self-assessment tool for interviewers, both with permission to photocopy. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
New to This Edition *Revised throughout for DSM-5. *Updated resources and suggested readings.
Introduction: What Is Interviewing?
1. Openings and Introductions
2. Chief Complaint and Free Speech
3. Developing Rapport
4. Managing the Early Patient Interview
5. History of the Present Illness
6. Getting the Facts about the Present Illness
7. Interviewing about Feelings
8. Personal and Social History
9. Sensitive Subjects
10. Control of the Later Interview
11. Mental Status Exam I: Behavioral Aspects
12. Mental Status Exam II: Cognitive Aspects
13. Signs and Symptoms in Areas of Clinical Interest
15. Interviewing Informants
16. Meeting Resistance
17. Special or Challenging Patient Behaviors and Issues
18. Diagnosis and Recommendations
19. Sharing Your Findings with the Patient
20. Communicating Your Findings to Others
21. Troubleshooting Your Interview
Appendix A. Summary of the Initial Interview
Appendix B. Descriptions of Selected Disorders.
Appendix C. Sample Interview, Written Report, and Formulation
Appendix D. A Semistructured Interview
Appendix E. Assessing Your Interview
Appendix F. Bibliography and Recommended Reading
“This wonderful book guides a new mental health practitioner or student through the process of an initial interview with a patient. It is written in a supportive and conversational style, making the reader feel almost as though Dr. Morrison is sitting in the room and serving as a wise advisor and mentor….Many helpful examples are given on how to frame questions to serve a number of important purposes—getting the right information, of course, but also establishing rapport and being therapeutic….Many psychiatric and mental health interviewing textbooks exist. This one is especially helpful to those early in the process of learning to interview because of its rich use of examples of how questions can be phrased and its reasoning about why particular data need to be gathered, but especially its warm, supportive way of guiding the learner on the journey of truly getting to know a patient well.”
—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
James Morrison, MD, is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. With his acclaimed practical books--including DSM-5 Made Easy; Diagnosis Made Easier, Second Edition; The First Interview, Fourth Edition; and When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, Second Edition--Dr. Morrison has guided hundreds of thousands of mental health professionals and students through the complexities of clinical evaluation and diagnosis.