Mental health

A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Like any field, psychiatry has its own collection of terminology.  Some of it is self-explanatory, but some of it isn't.  I believe that knowing the jargon helps to narrow the power gap between health care providers and patients, so I put together this glossary of common psychiatric terms.   Alexithymia: inability to identify and describe… Continue reading A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Mental health

The Mental Status Exam (MSE) in Psychiatry

The mental status exam (MSE) is a framework for assessment that's used widely in the field of psychiatry.  Rather than being a one-time assessment, it is used on an ongoing basis to capture how a patient is doing on any given encounter (and I use the term patient to describe the role and not the… Continue reading The Mental Status Exam (MSE) in Psychiatry