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Aggression Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Aggression. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long has the aggression been present?

    Why: Acute or chronic.

  2. Previous episodes of aggression?
  3. Medical history

    Why: e.g. low glucose levels in diabetes can cause aggression.

  4. Past history of traumatic events

    Why: suggesting post-traumatic stress disorder as cause.

  5. Alcohol history

    Why: suggesting alcohol abuse as a possible cause.

  6. Hard street drug history

    Why: suggesting substance abuse as a possible cause.

  7. Forensic history

    Why: suggesting anti-social personality disorder or drug abuse as cause.

  8. Can you tell me a little bit about how you have been feeling lately?

    Why: Aggression can be a sign of some mood and thought disorders, such as depression or Antisocial Personality Disorder.

  9. Can you try to tell me how you are feeling right now?

    Why: In spite of how you may have been feeling lately, it is most important for you to communicate to the best of your ability exactly how you are feeling right now. This can give your health professional some insight into what you are experiencing.

  10. Do you drink alcohol, or use any other substances?

    Why: Substance dependence, abuse and withdrawal can result in aggression.

  11. Can you tell me about what's been happening in your life lately?

    Why: Sometimes other things happening in your life may have a dramatic effect on your mood and make you more prone to aggression.

  12. Have you ever thought or attempted to harm yourself?

    Why: It is important for your Health Professional to know if you have attempted self harm or suicide as it is a strong risk factor for you to further harm yourself, or even commit suicide.

  13. Have you ever thought or tried to hurt anyone else?

    Why: Your Health Professional needs to assess if you are a risk to those around you, and if so to what degree.

  14. Have you ever been diagnosed with any psychiatric disorders or conditions?

    Why: As part of assessing your current physical and mental health your health professional needs to know about your past. This may aid them to know how to best treat you, and what management plans to make with you.

  15. Depressive symptoms

    Why: suggesting Depression, post-natal depression.

  16. Psychotic symptoms

    Why: e.g. hallucinations, delusions, disordered thought.

  17. Memory problems

    Why: suggesting possible Alzheimer's.

  18. Delirium symptoms

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Aggression:

The following list of conditions have 'Aggression' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Aggression:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Aggression' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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