Mental State Examination Questions

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Alzheimer’s disease isn’t part of normal aging. If you think you or a loved one might be showing symptoms of the disease, it’s important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis. Some warning signs to get checked are, behavior changes, or trouble with speech and decision-making.

But Alzheimer’s has many of the same symptoms as other common conditions, too. Those include depression, poor nutrition, and taking medications that don’t work well together. A doctor can find out if the symptoms are happening because of Alzheimer’s or due to something else that’s easier to treat.

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Sometimes, people with Alzheimer’s disease lash out for no clear reason. They may get upset or angry easily. They may curse, hurl insults, or scream. They might even throw things or resist caregivers by pushing and hitting. This kind of aggression usually starts when people get to the later stages of the disease. No one knows for sure why it happens. Aggression may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease itself. It could also be a reaction when a person feels confused or frustrated. If your loved...

An early and accurate diagnosis can also give you or your loved one time to plan for the future. You can start using some medicines that help people in the earlier stages of Alzheimer's control some of their symptoms for a while as well. On average, these drugs keep symptoms from getting worse for about 6 to 12 months in about half of the people who take them.

Getting a Diagnosis

Here’s what you can expect when you or your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Health History

Your doctor will do a physical exam and ask questions about your past and current health. He’ll want to know:

  • Your symptoms, including any trouble you have with everyday tasks
  • Other medical conditions you have now or had before
  • Your personal history, like your marital status, living conditions, employment, sexual history, and important life events
  • Family history, including any illnesses that seem to run in the family

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Q&A

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What does the phrase 'no culpable mental state' mean?

"No culpable mental state" means that a person committing a crime was not in a mental state such that they could be found guilty.

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What does it mean to be in "no culpable mental state"

No culpable mental state means a person does not have a state of mind which is necessary in order to commit a crime.

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