How are causes and differential diagnoses recorded in the treatment plan following 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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Note the following:

  • Causes - Multiple etiologies based on findings from history, MSE, physical examination, lab studies, and other required diagnostic tests

  • Differential diagnosis - Multiple etiologies; differentials (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5)), other problems to consider that may be contributing to a patient’s status (medical and neurological illnesses, social circumstances, et al.)

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