Mental State Examination PDF

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This is part 1 of the Mental State Examination section (written and produced by Dr Sian Hughes with funding obtained by Dr Jan Melichar).

‘Taking a history’ in psychiatry is a key skill to learn. You may find similarities with, and differences between, ‘taking a history’ in psychiatry and other medical specialties.

Below are some resources to help you in your learning, to accompany the lectures and tutorials you will have centrally, and in your academies, on this important topic.

The key, though, to good ‘history taking’ is to try to talk to as many people who have experienced, or are experiencing, difficulties with their mental health as you can.

This may feel like a daunting task at first, which is absolutely understandable. You will have the support of your educational supervisor, members of the teams you work with, your unit tutor, and your colleagues. The more you do, the more comfortable and rewarding it becomes!

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Q&A

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What does the phrase 'no culpable mental state' mean?

"No culpable mental state" means that a person committing a crime was not in a mental state such that they could be found guilty.

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What does it mean to be in "no culpable mental state"

No culpable mental state means a person does not have a state of mind which is necessary in order to commit a crime.

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