Table of Contents

The initial interview: a preview.
Logistic preparations: what to do before the interview.
The therapeutic alliance: what it is, why it's important, and how to establish it.
Asking questions I: how to approach threatening topics.
Asking questions II: tricks for improving patient recall.
Asking questions III: how to change topics with style.
Techniques for the reluctant patient.
Techniques for the overly talkative patient.
Techniques for the malingering patient.
Techniques for the adolescent patient.
Techniques for other challenging situations.
Practical psychodynamics in the diagnostic interview.
Obtaining the history of present illness.
Obtaining the psychiatric history.
Screening for general medical conditions.
Family psychiatric history.
Obtaining the social and developmental history.
How to memorize the DSM-IV-TR criteria.
Interviewing for diagnosis: the art of hypothesis testing.
Mental status examination.
Assessing suicidal and homicidal ideation.
Assessing mood disorders I: depressive disorders.
Assessing mood disorders II: bipolar disorder.
Assessing anxiety disorders.
Assessing alcohol dependence and drug abuse.
Assessing psychotic disorders.
Assessing dementia and delirium.
Assessing eating disorders and somatization disorder.
Assessing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Assessing personality disorders.
How to educate your patient.
Negotiating a treatment plan.
Writing up the results of the interview.