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During the doctor’s examination, they will also be paying attention to how the patient looks and speak. This will be subtle. They’ll be doing this to check for hints that could explain symptoms.

The doctor will gather various details during the interview, such as family history, work background, and marital status. They may also ask about past experiences with drugs or alcohol, as well as questions about religious beliefs.

Answering all of the questions truthfully will help the doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Some of these may cause the patient to anger or the response may upset the doctor, especially if the underlying medical condition is not well known. Some mental health problems can be hard to diagnose, there may not be a definitive answer to all questions immediately.