Diagnostic Intake Interview Questions
1. Tell me about your friends. (Perhaps get a description of one or two individuals.)
a. What do you like to do with your friends?
b. Do most people seem to like you? Why or why not?
g. Do you feel like you have enough friends, or do you wish you had more
2. What makes you happy?
a. What makes you sad?
b. What do you do when you feel sad?
c. What do your parents do when you feel sad?
d. What makes you mad?
e. What do you do when you get mad?
f. What are you scared of?
g. Are there things you worry about a lot?
h. What do you do when you feel worried?
i. All in all, how do you feel most of the time?
9. What do you think about yourself? How would you describe yourself? Do you like
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(If yes to 10) What happened? What did you do?
c. (If appropriate) Have you ever thought about doing something to hurt
yourself or to try to kill yourself? What?
d. (If yes to c) Do you think you might do something like that? Do you have a
plan to do something like that?
e. (If appropriate) Have you ever done anything to hurt yourself or try to kill
11. Do you ever hear things that other people don’t hear? What? When?
a. Do you ever see things that other people don’t see? What? When? (If in bed
at night, seriousness may be lessened.) Have you ever seen a monster or a
c. (If yes to 11) What do the voices say? Who are they?
c. (If there is a response to b) Do the voices ever tell you to do things? What?
Have you ever done what they told you to do? Is it easy to keep from doing
what they say, or is that hard?
d. (If appropriate) Do you think the voices/things you see come from inside
your head or from outside you?
12. Do your thoughts ever confuse you? Seem weird?
13. Do your thoughts ever go so fast that you can hardly keep track of them?
14. Do you ever do things fast, without thinking about it, and then afterward you wish
you hadn’t done it?
15. Are there certain little things that you feel you have to do over and over again?
16. Has anything really bad ever happened to you?
17. Return to any aspects of the presenting problems that have not been adequately
covered. Obtain information about problem:
e. What do you think causes these problems to happen?
f. What do you think would help the problems get better? What could you do?
What could your parents do?
18. Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you’d like to tell me or that is
important for me to understand?