Mental Status Examination          NUR 682
AppearanceYes, appearance is justas straightforward as itseems. For examplehow does your patientlook, smell, behave, orspe...
AppearanceHow the patient relatesto the interviewer isalso important.Is the patientwithdrawn, cooperative,distant, shy, re...
 Rate and amount                             Normal (culturally derived)Speech                       Pressured –rapid s...
 Rhythm                               StutteringSpeech                         MonotoneSometimes called               ...
 Volume                             Soft-spokenSpeech                       LoudThe softness of              Poor arti...
 Spontaneity            Animated- excitedSpeech      Little detail            No speech
Eye contactUsually included in theAppearance section, becautioned to respect thecultural componentof eye contact.No eye co...
 MoodMood and                      Euthymic (normal)Affect                        Euphoric (elated)Mood- the subjective...
 Some other recognized subjective           feelings (mood) are:Mood          Anxious          Calm          Irritated...
 Range                           The degree of variation in emotionAffect                     ExpansiveAffect is the ou...
 Intensity                           High      LowIntensityEmotional power beingemitted from thepatient
 Labile affect                              Extreme change in a short period ofLability                       timeMoodin...
 The patient below says, ―I am soAppropriate            happy today.‖ His affect isness                   inappropriate t...
 Failure of orientation usually                            occurs in the following sequence:OrientationAreas of orientati...
 Confused is the attribute given to                             persons who become unaware ofCircumstance                ...
 So, a person can be oriented to                          person, place, and time and stillCONFUSION                 be c...
Intellectual           Intellectual Capacity is based on:and Cognitive            VocabularyFunctioning              Ab...
 Level of Abstraction                        Don’t cry over spilled milk.CognitionCognitive ability isusually examined b...
 Executive function- How to studyExecutive                for an exam in NUR 682functionThe ability to make asequence or ...
 Memory                            Recent -within the relative past shortMemory                       time e.g. breakfas...
 ConfabulationA special case                           ―I went out on a date with BradConfabulation issometimes used by ...
 Tangentiality– digressing, oftenThought                    multiple times, during theProcesses                  relating...
 Circumstantiality- an unnecessaryThought                    telling of details when relating anProcesses                ...
 Blocking---train of thought stopsThought                     in mid sentence.processesBlockng is noted in highanxiety st...
 Flight of IdeasFlight of IdeasMoving quickly fromone idea to another in avery short period oftime. Often noted inpersons...
 Loose Associations- words spokenThought                   at random and not in sentencesProcessesLoose associations arem...
 PerseverationThought                    Now is the time for every goodProcesses                  man to come to the aid...
 Delusions—false beliefsThought                     --Ideas of referenceContent                              (People ar...
 Life themes-Recurrent beliefs --Loss --Anger --Victimization
 Thought ControlThought                      Thought broadcasting (thinking one’sControl                       thoughts ...
 Hallucinations- the experiencingPerceptual                of a perception in the absence of aProblems                  s...
 Illusions --the experiencing of a                           mis-perception                          Auditory (hearing a...
Final              Judgment- stable quality ofcomponents of      persons decision makingthe MSEJudgmentInsightImpulse con...
 Insight- the ability for one to understand his or her condition.
 Impulse control-the ability to talkImpulse    out rather than act out.control
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  1. 1. Mental Status Examination NUR 682
  2. 2. AppearanceYes, appearance is justas straightforward as itseems. For examplehow does your patientlook, smell, behave, orspeak .What can you say aboutthis patient?Age GroomingSex DressBuild Activity
  3. 3. AppearanceHow the patient relatesto the interviewer isalso important.Is the patientwithdrawn, cooperative,distant, shy, relaxedcautious, hostile orFRIGHTENED?
  4. 4.  Rate and amount  Normal (culturally derived)Speech  Pressured –rapid speechSpeech patterns can be  Slow-difficulty finding wordsassessed for speed.Some illness conditions  Impoverished or paucity of speechhave concomitantspeech patterns. One ofthose patterns is acharacteristic rate.
  5. 5.  Rhythm  StutteringSpeech  MonotoneSometimes called  Slurredprosody-rhythm alsoalludes to the quality of  Mumbledthe voice  Poor articulation  Clear  Coherent
  6. 6.  Volume  Soft-spokenSpeech  LoudThe softness of  Poor articulationloudness of voice canindicate sensoryproblems, e.g.,deafness, moodproblems, e.g.,depression or mania; orcognitive problems,e.g., dementia
  7. 7.  Spontaneity  Animated- excitedSpeech  Little detail  No speech
  8. 8. Eye contactUsually included in theAppearance section, becautioned to respect thecultural componentof eye contact.No eye contact isconsidered rude insome cultures anddirect eye contact isconsidered rude inother cultures
  9. 9.  MoodMood and  Euthymic (normal)Affect  Euphoric (elated)Mood- the subjective  Dysphoric (sad)state of a person or howthe person ―feels‖.
  10. 10.  Some other recognized subjective feelings (mood) are:Mood  Anxious  Calm  Irritated  Angry
  11. 11.  Range  The degree of variation in emotionAffect  ExpansiveAffect is the outward  Normaldisplay of mood andcan be judged on four  Restricted – Dull- Bluntedparameters:  FlatRangeIntensityLabilityAppropriateness
  12. 12.  Intensity  High LowIntensityEmotional power beingemitted from thepatient
  13. 13.  Labile affect  Extreme change in a short period ofLability timeMoodiness or the  Laughing and crying at the same time―swing‖ of moodsOutside of highlyemotional events suchas weddings, labileaffect can be noted insome diseaseconditions, e.g. chronicalcoholism, or bipolardisorder 1.
  14. 14.  The patient below says, ―I am soAppropriate happy today.‖ His affect isness inappropriate to his mood andAffect- the outwarddisplay of mood – circumstance.should be congruentwith mood andcircumstances.
  15. 15.  Failure of orientation usually occurs in the following sequence:OrientationAreas of orientation are  TimePersonPlace  PlaceTime  Person andCircumstance Never document person is oriented times three. Proper documentation is person is oriented to person, place, and time.
  16. 16.  Confused is the attribute given to persons who become unaware ofCircumstance the circumstances surroundingNot understanding thatthis presentation is a them.lesson on the mentalstatus exam andthinking it is a group ofcartoons is amisunderstanding ofthe circumstance orCONFUSION
  17. 17.  So, a person can be oriented to person, place, and time and stillCONFUSION be confused.Sometimes calleddisorientation tocircumstanceConfusion is quitecommon in high anxietystates or in delirium,dementia, or mooddisordered states
  18. 18. Intellectual  Intellectual Capacity is based on:and Cognitive  VocabularyFunctioning  Ability to understand complex conceptsTwo closely related  General fund of informationattributesIntelligence isconsidered to beAverageAbove AverageBelow Average
  19. 19.  Level of Abstraction  Don’t cry over spilled milk.CognitionCognitive ability isusually examined bytestingLevel of Abstraction  Does the patient interpretExecutive Function literally?Memory  How are an orange and a banana alike?  Both are fruit or both are in the world?
  20. 20.  Executive function- How to studyExecutive for an exam in NUR 682functionThe ability to make asequence or plan  1. Order a latte grande  2. Add extra sugar  3. Sit by the library  4. Study for the exam  5. Get a good night’s sleep
  21. 21.  Memory  Recent -within the relative past shortMemory time e.g. breakfastThe first memory to be  Remote – not in the relative past shortlost is recent. time e.g. name of first boyfriend  Recall-ability to say one’s SS #  Retain- ability to learn and then recall new information, e.g., nurse’s name.
  22. 22.  ConfabulationA special case  ―I went out on a date with BradConfabulation issometimes used by Pitt last night.‖persons with braindamage or dementia.Confabulation is theconstruction of unrealevents which seem real,even to the person whoconstruct them, yet thee vents are unreal.
  23. 23.  Tangentiality– digressing, oftenThought multiple times, during theProcesses relating of an episode or story.The only way toexamine is by analyzing Noted in states of high anxietyspeech:TangentialityCircumstantialityFlight of IdeasBlockingLoose AssociationsPerseveration
  24. 24.  Circumstantiality- an unnecessaryThought telling of details when relating anProcesses episode or story.Circumstantiality isnote d with personswho are highly anxious,suffer from Bipolardisorders, or fromDementia
  25. 25.  Blocking---train of thought stopsThought in mid sentence.processesBlockng is noted in highanxiety states,depressive states, andin thought disorderedconditions
  26. 26.  Flight of IdeasFlight of IdeasMoving quickly fromone idea to another in avery short period oftime. Often noted inpersons with Bipolardisorder
  27. 27.  Loose Associations- words spokenThought at random and not in sentencesProcessesLoose associations aremost often noted inpersons suffering fromSchizophrenia
  28. 28.  PerseverationThought  Now is the time for every goodProcesses man to come to the aid of thePerseveration- the country. Now is the time for everyinability to move on toanother topic or the good man to come to the aid ofcontinual return to the the country. Now is the time forsame topic every good man to come to the aid of the country. Now is the time for every good man to come to the aid of the country. Now is the time for every good man to come to the aid of the country. Now is the time for every good man to come to the aide of the country
  29. 29.  Delusions—false beliefsThought  --Ideas of referenceContent  (People are talking about me)Delusions- false beliefs  --Paranoid  (People are after me)Life themes-recurrentbeliefs  --Grandeur  (I am the President of UM)Control-degree of  --Nihilisticcontrol over one’sthoughts  (My muscles are disappearing)
  30. 30.  Life themes-Recurrent beliefs --Loss --Anger --Victimization
  31. 31.  Thought ControlThought  Thought broadcasting (thinking one’sControl thoughts are being heard by others)These disorders ofthought are often foundin persons who suffer  Thought insertion (thinking one’sfrom schizophrenia thoughts are being inserted by someone or something else)  Thought withdrawal (thinking one’s thoughts are being stolen)
  32. 32.  Hallucinations- the experiencingPerceptual of a perception in the absence of aProblems stimulusAll senses can beinvolved in sensory  Auditory (hearing voices)perceptual problems  Visual (seeing people of objects)Hallucinations  Tactile (feeling things)Illusions  Gustatory (tasting things)  Olfactory (smelling aromas)
  33. 33.  Illusions --the experiencing of a mis-perception  Auditory (hearing a sound andIllusions- common in thinking it is a knock on the door)fatigue and delirium  Visual (seeing a towel and thinking it is a cat)  Tactile (feeling a touch and thinking it is a burn)  Gustatory (tasting onions and thinking they are chocolate)  Olfactory (smelling fish and thinking it is apple pie)
  34. 34. Final  Judgment- stable quality ofcomponents of persons decision makingthe MSEJudgmentInsightImpulse control
  35. 35.  Insight- the ability for one to understand his or her condition.
  36. 36.  Impulse control-the ability to talkImpulse out rather than act out.control
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