Observed Affect


Observed Affect, Affect Examination, Affect Exam, Stated Mood, Emotional Mood

  • 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
  • Exam
  • Affect Characteristics
  1. Emotional Range: Broad or Restricted
  2. Intensity: Expansive, Blunted/Flat or Normal
  3. Stability
  • 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?