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Secrecy Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Secrecy. 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 noticed the secretive behavior?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Are there any known reasons for the secretive behavior?

    Why: e.g. gambling, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, masturbation, purging food due to eating disorder, binge eating, delusional beliefs.

  3. Past psychiatric history?

    Why: Some mental illnesses may be associated with secretive behavior, social withdrawal or isolation such as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, panic disorder, agoraphobia and eating disorders.

  4. Medications?

    Why: e.g. some prescribed medications may be overused and abused such as pain killers, appetite suppressants and anti-anxiety medications.

  5. Alcohol history?

    Why: may help in determining whether alcohol abuse and alcoholism is the cause of the secretive behavior. The social consequences of alcoholism and the secrecy about the abuse may cause social withdrawal and isolation.

  6. Illicit drug use?

    Why: may cause depression. Marijuana is well known to cause apathy. The social consequences of illicit drug use and secrecy about the abuse may cause social withdrawal and isolation.

  7. Suicidal thoughts?

    Why: may be associated with many causes of secretive behavior. It is important for the Doctor to determine if the person is at risk of suicide.

  8. 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 - may present with detachment, social withdrawal and isolation.

  9. Psychotic symptoms?

    Why: e.g. hallucinations, delusions, disordered thought - may suggest schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, severe depression, dementia or delirium - all of which may present with secretive behavior, detachment, social withdrawal and isolation.

  10. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

    Why: e.g. symptoms follow exposure to an unusual stress such as a battle, being attacked or raped or a natural disaster. Symptoms include recurrent and intrusive recollections of the stress, recurrent distressing dreams of the event, acting or feeling as if the event was recurring, intense distress on exposure to resembling events, persistent avoidance of events that symbolize or resemble the trauma, increased arousal symptoms such as insomnia, exaggerated startle response, poor concentration and moodiness - Post-traumatic stress disorder may present with detachment, social withdrawal and isolation.

  11. Symptoms of panic attacks or panic disorder?

    Why: e.g. sudden, unexpected, short-lived episodes of intense anxiety. Panic disorder may present with detachment, social withdrawal and isolation.

  12. Symptoms of agoraphobia?

    Why: e.g. anxiety about being in a situation or place from which to escape may be difficult, or in which help may not be easily available should a panic attack occur. It is usually a complication of panic disorder which leads to avoidance of a variety of feared situations such as being alone away from home; being home alone; being in crowded areas; traveling in buses, trains, cars or planes; and being in an elevator or on a bridge.

  13. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. refusal to maintain normal body weight, loss of more than 25% of original body weight, intense fear of becoming fat, preoccupation with calorie counting, avoidance of all carbohydrate, fainting. May present with social withdrawal and isolation due to secrecy about the disorder.

  14. Symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. recurrent episodes of binge eating; preoccupation with food and weight changes; consumption of high calorie, easily digested food during the binge; termination of the binge by abdominal pain, sleep or vomiting; inconspicuous eating during a binge; repeated attempts to lose weight by frequent vomiting, fasting or use of laxatives or diuretics; frequent fluctuations of more than 4.5kg; awareness of abnormal eating pattern and fear of not being able to stop voluntarily; depressed mood after binge. Bulimia nervosa may present with social withdrawal and isolation due to secrecy about the disorder.

  15. Urinary or fecal incontinence?

    Why: may cause social withdrawal or isolation due to embarrassment.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Secrecy:

The following list of conditions have 'Secrecy' 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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