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Guilt Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Guilt. 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 have you felt excessive feelings of personal guilt?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What specifically do you feel guilty about?
  3. How is your self esteem been lately?

    Why: poor self esteem and poor self image may be associated with excessive feelings of personal guilt.

  4. Has there been a recent personal loss?

    Why: it is common to feel guilt after a personal loss.

  5. Religious beliefs?

    Why: the issue of guilt is central in various religions.

  6. Have you got children and what are their ages?

    Why: some level of guilt is common in parents (e.g. about spending enough time with them). Post-natal depression may also be associated with excessive feelings of personal guilt.

  7. What are your stressors at the moment?

    Why: questions specifically about relationship, family, children, social support, occupation, general physical health and financial stresses.

  8. Past psychiatric history?

    Why: e.g. depression. bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, postnatal depression - many types of mental health disorders are associated with excessive feelings of personal guilt.

  9. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt.

  10. Symptoms of Manic-depression?

    Why: e.g. episodes of depression (often psychotic in intensity) and at other times episodes of psychotic excitement (mania or hypomania). Symptoms of psychotic excitement may include elevation of mood, increased activity, grandiose ideas, irritability, disinhibition (which affects social, sexual and financial behavior), rapid speech and racing thought, delusions (persecutory or grandiose) and sometimes hallucinations.

  11. Symptoms of anxiety?

    Why: e.g. nervousness, shakiness, tremor, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, poor concentration, heart palpitations, racing heart, sweating, dizziness, diarrhea, lump in throat and frequency of urination - anxiety and depression are very closely related and may co-exist, however anxiety may mask an underlying depression.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Guilt:

The following list of conditions have 'Guilt' 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.

Select from the following alphabetical view of conditions which include a symptom of Guilt or choose View All.

 

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