Neuropsychological screening in the psychiatric emergency room

Igor I. Galynker, Philip D. Harvey

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Abstract

In a pilot study, a neuropsychological minibattery of tests consisting of Trail-Making Test A (TMA), Trail-Making Test B (TMB), and the Visual Reproduction subtest (VR) of the Wechsler Memory Scale was administered to patients with common psychiatric diagnoses in a psychiatric emergency room (ER). Patients with adjustment disorders were not distinguish-able from normal controls, while patients with affective disorders and schizophrenia were more impaired than both of these samples. It is suggested that this or a similar minibattery of tests can be of use as an adjunct screening device for differential diagnosis of adjustment disorder versus more serious psychopathology in psychiatric ERs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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