What data are collected about family history during a history and Mental Status Examination (MSE)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2020
  • Author: Jeffrey S Forrest, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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List any psychiatric or medical illnesses, including method of treatment such as hospitalization (medical and psychiatric) of family members and response. Once again, the emphasis here is strong. Record any information obtained because it may help in treatment planning. If a patient's family member has been diagnosed with the same psychiatric illness and has been treated successfully, treating the current patient with that same medication may be appropriate. This may be a reasonable place to begin.


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