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What to look for during the interview

During the interview, you should note any of the following:

• facial expressions of sadness or fear (with schizophrenia and depression);

• restlessness, i.e. unable to sit relaxed (with psychoses, depression, drug and alcohol dependence and as a side-effect of some psychiatric medicines);

• strange movements (associated with schizophrenia and as a side-effect of some psychiatric medicines);

• irrelevant answers to questions (associated with all the psychoses);

• a very fast rate of talking (associated with the psychoses, especially mania);

• a very slow rate of talking (associated with depression, drug dependence and schizophrenia);

• the person’s general hygiene and self-care (poor in depression, drug and alcohol dependence, and schizophrenia).

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