Jan 27, 2023
Welcome to PsychEd — the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers the mental status examination and makes use of practical and fictional examples to delve deeper into the skills and concepts
The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:
By the end of this episode, the listener will be able to…
Explain the utility and purpose of the mental status examination in psychiatry
Describe the major components of the mental status examination and be familiar with some of the common vocabulary used
Incorporate the mental status in a way that respects patients in presentation, documentation and formulation in clinical practice
2:37 - Learning objectives
3:10 - Definition of the MSE
6:48 - History of the MSE
9:00 - Limitations of the MSE
15:37 - Strengths of the MSE
21:30 - ASEPTIC Mnemonic
23:04 - Appearance and Behaviour
37:42 - Speech
51:51 - Emotion (mood and affect)
1:03:51 - Perception
1:08:38 - Thought Form and Content
1:17:30 - Insight and Judgement
1:27:40 - Cognition
Hosts: Andreea Chiorean (CC4), Saja Jaberi (IMG), Dr. Weam Seiffien (PGY2), Angad Singh (CC2), Dr. Annie Yu (PGY1), and Dr. Alex Raben, staff psychiatrist.
Guest Experts: Us!
Mojo Jojo: https://youtu.be/y4qNWPPlYE4?t=48
Family guy video: no longer available
A Beautiful Mind: https://youtu.be/vNa37tOB4rE
Insight and Judgement
Simpsons: no longer available
Mr. Magoo: https://youtu.be/eWEnzLFd4P4?t=201
Still Alice: https://youtu.be/mhiXAJO8kBc?t=67
MSE template: https://www.therapistaid.com/therapy-worksheet/mental-status-exam
Emotion wheel: https://feelingswheel.com/
MSE vocabulary: http://www.columbia.edu/itc/hs/medical/psychmed/1_2004/mental_status_exam.pdf
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