II. Definition

  1. Observed Affect
    1. Clinician's objective observation of a patient's emotional state
  2. Stated Mood
    1. Constant emotional state (depression, euphoria, anxiousness, anger, irritability) the patient can describe

III. Exam: Affect Characteristics

  1. Emotional Range: Broad or Restricted
  2. Intensity: Expansive, Blunted/Flat or Normal
  3. Stability

IV. Exam: Consistency

  1. Appropriate for situation?
  2. Congruence with Stated Mood
    1. Is Observed Affect consistent with Stated Mood?
    2. Is Stated Mood consistent with Thought Content?

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