How do you know if a Traumatic Brain
Injury (TBI) is changing someone’s behavior?
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As a psychiatrist, I perform a detailed medical and psychiatric history. If an Independent Medical Examination is an option, I will perform a Mental Status Exam and interview. I may conduct a neurocognitive screen if indicated or I may recommend neuroimaging or forensic neuropsychological assessment to obtain additional objective data. Occasionally, I recommend forming a team with other specialists such as neurologists and physiatrists. For example, often, neuro-endocrine disorders are overlooked and the input from a specialist in this area is a valuable addition to forming and communicating my conclusions as a Forensic Psychiatrist, both in a report and on the stand.