Crisis Intervention: Theory and Methodology

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APPENDIX B
Descriptive Terms Applicable to A Mental Status Examination
Characteristics
Normal
Abnormal
APPEARANCE AND BEHAVIOR
Posture Normal
Rigid, limp, ill-at-ease, bizarre
Gestures Appropriate
Hyperactive, agitated, fidgeting, hand
wringing, picking, touching, violent,
purposeless, tics, twitches, clumsy,
bizarre
Grooming (hair, nails) Neat and
well groomed
Slovenly, meticulously clean
Dress Appropriate,
casual but clean
Careless, seductive, dirty, inappropriate,
bizarre
Facial expression Appropriate
Dazed, perplexed, grimacing, poor eye
contact, staring, lip smacking
Speech Pace Normal
Pressured, retarded, halting, blocking,
mute, stuttering
Volume Normal
Very loud or soft, monotonous
Form Logical, coherent
Illogical, rambling, incoherent, tangential,
circumstantial
Clarity Clear
Slurred, garbled
Content Normal,
unremarkable
Flight of ideas, word salad, loose associa
tions, rhyming, echolalia neologisms,
obscene
ATTITUDE AND SENSORIUM
Attention Normal span,
alert
Short span, hyperalert, fluctuating,
drowsy, easily distracted
Mood Cheerful,
friendly, happy
Elated, euphoric, agitated, fearful, anx
ious, panicky, hostile, apathetic, sad
Affect Appropriate
Inappropriate, intense, shallow, flat,
blunted, labile, indifferent
PERCEPTION AND THOUGHT
Hallucinations Auditory Own voice, another's, many; talking to/
about patient; flattering, accusatory,
directive
Continued

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