DDSs may use VCE to conduct only:
psychiatric examinations, or
psychological examinations without testing.
NOTE: The mental status examination is performed in the course of a clinical interview
and is often partly assessed while the history is being obtained. A comprehensive
mental status examination generally includes a narrative description of appearance,
behavior, and speech; thought process (e.g., loosening of associations); thought content
(e.g., delusions); perceptual abnormalities (e.g., hallucinations); mood and affect
(e.g., depression, mania); sensorium and cognition (e.g., orientation, recall, memory,
concentration, fund of information, and intelligence); and judgment and insight. The
individual case facts determine the specific areas of mental status that need to be
emphasized during the examination.
See also, DI 22510.021 Consultative Examination (CE) Report Content Guidelines - Mental Disorders