Mental health expert


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Suicidal ideation is one of the symptoms a mental health expert should identify when diagnosing a patient with major depressive disorder under the DSM-5 diagnosis criteria. Even though Kel did not manifest this symptom, knowing the appropriate screening instruments to use for a patient with suicidal ideation is very important. One of the screening instruments is the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) (Runeson et al., 2017). Since the last question in this tool specifically deals with suicidal ideation, a health care professional should follow this up by administering a more comprehensive suicide risk screen (Runeson et al., 2017). Another instrument is the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS).

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Mental health expert