Flashcards in Mental State Exam Deck (14):
What are the components of the MSE?
Mood and Affect + suicidality
Thoughts (form and content)
What should be noted regarding personal appearance of the patient?
Dress - evidence of self neglect
Signs of physical ill health
Features of alcoholism or drug abuse
What should be noted regarding a patients' behaviour?
Describe mood and affect?
Mood is like the weather - can change frequently
Affect is like climate, generally the same
Is suicide risk important to know?
What is Psychosis?
A mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. Possibly involves hallucinations or delusions
What is 'Knights Move Thinking'?
The patient jumping from topic to topic with no connection between them
What is Tangential Thinking?
Wandering from the topic and never returning to it or providing the information required
What is Circumstantiality?
An inability to answer a question without giving excessive, unnecessary detail
What are Neologisms
Giving something a different name e.g.
Calling a hat a "headshoe"
What are Preoccupations?
Not fixed, false or intrusive but have an undue prominence in the persons mind
What is an Overvalued Idea?
An unreasonable, sustained belief that is held with less than delusional intensity e.g. hypochondriasis
What are obsessions?
An undesired, unpleasant intrusive thought that can't be suppressed