Mental Status Exam mood

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Feeling like practicing some of your mental status examination skills? While it may seem simple to ask patients about their mood, comparing one's stated mood to their affect in terms of congruency and generating a description of their affect can be quite challenging, but is a key skill in psychiatry.

In this video, we see examples to help us navigate between different descriptions of affect and mood including euthymia, dysphoria, elated/euphoria, lability, as well as better understand the range of affect from full to blunted and flat.

Feeling like practicing some of your mental status examination skills? Observing a patient's behaviours including involuntary movements and other motor actions can be a hard habit to get into, but having this skill can prove quite helpful in terms of gaining further insight into their mental state and coming to a possible diagnosis.

In this video, we see examples to help us navigate between different types of movement behaviours including ‪catatonia‬, psychomotor agitation, psychomotor retardation, and relaxed or comfortable motor activity.

Feeling like practicing some of your mental status examination skills? Determining a patient's "thought process" can be tricky, but having this skill can prove helpful in terms of earlier recognition of mental health conditions such as mania
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In this video, we see examples to help us navigate between different thought forms including circumstantial, tangential, loose associations and flight of ideas.

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How do I schedule a mental status evaluation? | Yahoo Answers

John ... start by seeing your regular physician. They will give you a full blood workup checking for things like blood sugar disorders and glandular problems. If they don't find anything, then see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. There are very good medicines today to treat most mental disorders and well as therapy once the medication(s) take effect. Take care of yourself by eating healthy, doing cardio exercise and getting quality sleep, which are also needed for positive brain chemistry. Chip

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