The data from the mental status exam combined with personal and family histories and psychiatric review of systems forms the data base from which psychiatric diagnoses are formed mental status exam a synopsis of the four mse sections is presented below in following pages there are elaborations of each section with sample descriptors. Developed from years of teaching psychiatry to medical students and residents this comprehensive text devoted solely to describing the mental status examination mse fills a void in the teaching literature and will be valuable to both students first learning about the mse and seasoned clinicians seeking an informative reference the introductory chapter offers basic advice on interviewing . The psychiatric mental status exam mse appearance and behavior dress grooming hygiene posture and gait facial expression eye contact and relatedness to examiner motor activity other mannerisms or behaviors degree of cooperation with exam how the patient makes you feel. A mental status examination mse is a type of psychiatric evaluation it is used to determine a patients state of mind through the use of observation and a series of questions a psychiatrist asks questions and observes how the patient appears initially and while providing answers to questions about symptoms
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