What is included in the Mental Status Exam for bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Examination of patients with suspected bipolar disorder includes evaluation using the Mental Status Examination as well as assessment of the following:

  • Appearance

  • Affect/mood

  • Thought content

  • Perception

  • Suicide/self-destruction

  • Homicide/violence/aggression

  • Judgment/insight

  • Cognition

  • Physical health


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