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Appearance, Behavior and Attitude Exam

Aka: Appearance, Behavior and Attitude Exam, Personal Appearance, Observable Behavior, Observable Attitude
  1. See Also
    1. Mental Status Exam
    2. Attention and Concentration
    3. Higher Integrative Function (Executive Function, Intellectual Function)
    4. Thought Process ( Thought Content, Thought Form, Delusion, Obsession, Abstract Thought)
    5. Speech Exam
    6. Affect Examination
    7. Insight and Judgement
    8. Memory Evaluation
    9. Orientation Exam
    10. Perception Exam ( Misperception, Illusion, Hallucination)
  2. Exam
    1. Appearance
      1. Posture
      2. Clothing and grooming
      3. Old or young appearing
      4. Healthy or sickly appearing
      5. Angry, puzzled, frightened, anxious, contemptuous, apathetic
      6. Effeminate or masculine
    2. Behavior
      1. Mannerisms, gestures, twitches, picking, hand wringing
      2. Combative
      3. Psychomotor retardation
      4. Clumsy
    3. Attitude toward examiner
      1. Coperative or hostile
      2. Defensive, seductive, evasive, ingratiating
  3. Interpretation
    1. Psychotic: Disheveled, odd, grimacing
    2. Schizophrenic: Stare or blank look
    3. Paranoid: Agitated or hostile
    4. Depressed: Psychomotor retardation or mute
    5. Histrionic: Seductive manner
    6. Restlessness is seen in anxiety, mania, drug or Alcohol Withdrawal
  4. References
    1. Zum, Swaminathan and Egan in Herbert (2014) EM:Rap 14(7): 11-13
    2. Tomb (1992) Psychiatry, 4th Ed, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, p. 6-11

Attitude (C0004271)

Definition (NCI) A habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how a person will interpret and respond to situations.
Definition (CSP) a mental position, feeling or emotion toward a fact or state.
Definition (MSH) An enduring, learned predisposition to behave in a consistent way toward a given class of objects, or a persistent mental and/or neural state of readiness to react to a certain class of objects, not as they are but as they are conceived to be.
Definition (PSY) Conceptually broad term referring to a mental position or feeling toward certain ideas, facts, or persons. Use a more specific term if possible.
Concepts Mental Process (T041)
MSH D001290
SnomedCT 225464009
English Attitudes, Attitude, Outlook, attitude, attitudes, Attitude (observable entity)
Swedish Attityder
Czech postoj
Finnish Asenne
Italian Atteggiamenti, Atteggiamento
Japanese 態度, 身構え
Croatian STAV
Polish Postawa
Norwegian Holdning, Innstilling
Spanish actitud (entidad observable), actitud, Actitud
French Attitude, Attitudes
German Einstellung (Psychologie), Einstellungen (Psychologie)
Dutch Attitude, Houding, Instelling
Portuguese Atitude
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

Personal appearance (C0233426)

Concepts Organism Attribute (T032)
SnomedCT 43175008, 386548000
English Personal appearance, appearance, personal appearance, look, Appearance, Looks, Personal appearance, function (observable entity), Personal appearance, function, State of appearance, Looks, NOS, Personal appearance, NOS, State of appearance, NOS, Personal appearance (function)
Spanish aspecto personal (entidad observable), aspecto personal (función), aspecto personal
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

Behavior observable (C1285660)

Concepts Behavior (T053)
SnomedCT 363896009
Spanish característica observable de la conducta, entidad observable relacionada con la conducta (entidad observable), característica observable de la conducta (entidad observable), entidad observable relacionada con la conducta, conducta observable (entidad observable), conducta observable
English Behavior observable (observable entity), Behavior observable, Behaviour observable
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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