Which findings on a mental status exam suggest perimenopausal depression?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Symptoms of depression may includethe following suggestive features from a Mental Status Examination:

  • Motor retardation or agitation

  • Latency of response to questions

  • Slowed thought process

  • Diminished prosody of speech

  • Poor eye contact

  • Poor grooming or hygiene (may indicate advanced depression)


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