The Mental Status Examination

  • Seymour L. Halleck
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


The mental status examination is a study of the patient’s behavior and experience, primarily within the environment of the examination itself. Therefore, it deals mainly with the present, not the past. Because it consists of time-limited observations, it is ordinarily viewed as a cross-sectional rather than a longitudinal view of the patient’s behavior and experience.


Emotional State History Taking Suicidal Intent Hallucinatory Experience Organic Brain Disease 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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