1. The primary purpose of the initial interview is to learn about the background of the individual and what some possible causes of the illness are. The initial interview also helps to gather information about the seriousness of the psychological illness, which in turn helps to make a judgment.
B) Dr. Eisdorfer is trying to determine why she is there, length of time that her problems have been around, is she has anxiety, what are some of the things that are causing her to feel this way, he is exploring the depth of her problems. He is also trying to determine if her symptoms are appropriate to the situation, and if there is a potential to harm herself and or others, and what the potential for carrying out a suicide is.
2. When looking at Jessica’s thinking and behavior she shows that she is scared, distant, and anxious. We also see that she does not maintain eye contact, her answers to the questions are short, she often throughout the course...