The Generic Mental Status Examination

The main categories covered in a basic mental status examination vary slightly among practitioners and settings. In our work, we find the following list of categories most useful:

1. Appearance

2. Behavior/psychomotor activity

3. Attitude toward examiner (interviewer)

4. Affect and mood

5. Speech and thought

6. Perceptual disturbances

7. Orientation and consciousness

8. Memory and intelligence

9. Reliability, judgment, and insight

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Putting It in Practice 8.1 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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