Mental State Examination 1 – Appearance and Behaviour
Author(s): Farah Rozali
By the end of this CAL you will be able to:
- Describe the general purpose and component parts of the Mental State Examination (MSE), especially patients’ appearance and behaviour.
- Evaluate patients’ appearance and behaviour and use appropriate terminology to describe abnormalities.
Thank you to Neelom Sharma, Alexandra Pittock, Meroe Grove, Maia Forrester and Mercedes Smith for their major contributions to the content of this module.
Introduction Part 1 of 5
The mental state examination is a structured way of taking a ‘snapshot’ of a person’s psychological functioning. We do this by observing and describing a patient’s current state of mind.
Appearance and Behaviour Part 2 of 5
Are you able to build a rapport with the patient?
- It is useful to record the nature of the rapport established with the patient e.g. are they engaging and cooperative or do you feel threatened?
- A positive rapport aids the formation of a constructive therapeutic relationship
- A negative rapport can be highly counter-therapeutic.
Recording Appearance and Behaviour Part 3 of 5
Questions Part 4 of 5
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