1.6 Common Differential Diagnoses

Assessment by the Health Professional

  • Watch carefully for discrepancies in person’s behavior while taking prolonged, detailed history.
  • Dig deep into patient’s personality ( assessing for antisocial personality disorder, histrionic personality traits).
  • Find out about the legal status of the patient (pending legal charges).
  • Ask rapid questions and see the incoherence between answers.
  • Ask a variety of open-ended and leading questions.
  • Watch for exaggeration of psychiatric symptoms like hallucinations and delusions.
Alozai & Mcpherson, 2022