Key Features

  • Focuses on the practical skills readers need most - "what to ask" and "how to ask it".
  • Provides diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV-TR when relevant.
  • Explains how to apply ratings scales for both diagnosis and symptom severity to clinical practice.
  • Discusses psychiatric interviews in the full range of settings: clinic, inpatient unit, emergency room, and home.
  • Helps readers interview patients of diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Integrates the knowledge and experience of a respected team of senior academic subspecialty clinicians.
  • Presents a wealth of reader-friendly features, including clinical vignettes, chapter overviews,
    key-point boxes, and an informal writing style.
  • Includes selected references and suggested readings in each chapter.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. General Principles of Interviewing

3. Rating Scales

4. Documentation

5. Psychosis

6. Depression

7. Bipolar Disorder

8. Anxiety Disorders

9. Personality Disorders

10. Eating Disorders

11. Substance Abuse

12. Suicide

13. Somatization

14. Sexuality

15. Forensic Assessment

16. Emergency Assessment

17. Assessment of People with Neurological Disorders

18. Assessment of People with Developmental Disorders

19. Assessment of People for Insurance and Disability

20. Children

21. Youth

22. The Elderly

23. Families

24. Cultural Competency

25. What Matters to Me: Perspectives of Patients and Families


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About the author

David Goldbloom

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada