Why are orientation and memory assessed during the mental status review to determine suicide risk?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The focus of this part of the mental status review is to determine if the person is delirious or has dementia. In either case, the patient, as a result of disorientation and loss of recollection, can perform many self-destructive behaviors.


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