What data are collected about past psychiatric treatment during a history and Mental Status Examination (MSE)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2020
  • Author: Jeffrey S Forrest, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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List all of the patient's treatment, including outpatient, inpatient, and therapy-based (ie, individual, couples, family, group), including dates. Inquire about past psychotropic medications and response, compliance, and dosages. Ask patients if they feel that they received any benefits from the treatments. If so, inquire about the specific type of benefit. Additionally, ask patients which medications they feel helped them most in the past and ask which ones helped them least. From an insightful patient, this information may offer clues as to which class of medication the patient responds to best. If possible, try to obtain old psychiatric records. It can also be helpful to inquire if there have been other family members treated successfully with any particular medication.

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