What data are recorded regarding patient impulsivity during a Mental Status Examination (MSE)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2020
  • Author: Jeffrey S Forrest, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Estimate the degree of the patient's impulse control. Ask the patient about doing things without thinking or planning. Positive responses may result in follow-up questions about the frequency of which impulsive behaviors occur and whether they appear to impact a patient’s functioning (eg, punching walls in anger, destroying property, getting into verbal altercations, or experiencing black-out anger).


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