6. The History of the Present Illness
Published Online: 1 SEP 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders
How to Cite
Schildkrout, B. (2011) The History of the Present Illness, in Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118083598.ch6
- Published Online: 1 SEP 2011
- Published Print: 3 AUG 2011
Print ISBN: 9780470639078
Online ISBN: 9781118083598
- chief complaint;
- mental state
It is challenging to take a history with the goal of identifying a patient's diagnosis. The chief complaint may be different from the important factors to follow. What exactly are the patient's signs and symptoms, and how have these evolved over time?
Patients vary in their degree of insight about changes in their mental state and about possible precipitating or causal circumstances. Some individuals are unaware that there is a problem at all. At times it is difficult to decipher how much the individual has changed and how much the circumstances have changed.