9. Specific Mental Signs and Symptoms

  1. Barbara Schildkrout

Published Online: 1 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118083598.ch9

Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders

Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders

How to Cite

Schildkrout, B. (2011) Specific Mental Signs and Symptoms, in Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118083598.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 SEP 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470639078

Online ISBN: 9781118083598

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Keywords:

  • mental status examination;
  • Affect, Mood, and Emotion;
  • Change in Personality;
  • Apathy;
  • Mutism;
  • Psychomotor Activity;
  • Hallucinations and Illusions;
  • Sense of Reality;
  • Delusions;
  • Insight;
  • Judgment;
  • Impairments in Consciousness, Attention, Concentration, and Vigilance;
  • Disorientation;
  • Confusion;
  • Memory;
  • Language;
  • Perseveration in Thought or Action;
  • Automatic Behavior;
  • Environmentally Dependent Behavior;
  • Apraxia;
  • Agnosia;
  • Adult-Onset Difficulty with Reading, Writing, Drawing, or Calculating;
  • Executive Functions

Summary

Each aspect of a complete mental status examination is presented and discussed. The focus is on what constitutes evidence that an underlying physical disorder may be contributing to the clinical picture. Numerous clinical examples are included. Topics include Affect, Mood and Emotion, Change in Personality, Apathy, Mutism, Psychomotor Activity, Hallucinations and Illusions, Sense of Reality, Delusions, Insight, Judgment, Impairments in Consciousness, Attention, Concentration and Vigilance, Disorientation, Confusion, Memory, Language, Perseveration in Thought or Action, Automatic Behavior, Environmentally Dependent Behavior, Apraxia, Agnosia, Adult-Onset Difficulty with Reading, Writing, Drawing, or Calculating, and the Executive Functions.