Psychiatric interview video lectures

These set of video lectures are a useful review for the  USMLE psychiatry test.  They explore the basics of a mental status examination when interviewing  psychiatric patients.

Lecture outline:

  • Mental status exam:
  • General description
  • Appearance, attitude rapport.
  • Behaviour /Activity
  • Akathesia: inability to sit still, restlessness (side effects of neuroleptic drugs)
  • Speech
  • Differences between:hallucination and illusion.
  • Types of hallucinations: auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory.
  • Content of thought
  • Minimental status exam: alertness, level of consciousness, orientation to time, person, place.
  • Features of dementia.
  • Concentration and attention.
  • Sensorium and cognition.