The neuropsychiatric mental status examination

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Neuropsychiatric disorders can cause a wide range of effects. Many aspects of behavior, cognition, and personality can be impacted. This article illustrates sensitive interview techniques for obtaining structured pertinent information to capture the effects of neuropsychiatric disorders. It then goes on to explain the components of the cognitive evaluation, with an emphasis on the hierarchical nature of cognition. It includes practical comments about evaluating cognitive dysfunctions, along with recommendations regarding the use of practical batteries. The mental status examination is then presented in detail, including nuances in assessing activity, mood, and perceptual disturbances. The manuscript content provides a template for the overall evaluation of neuropsychiatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-193
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Behavior
  • Cognition
  • Mental status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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