Mental Status

During the interview, the examiner has already gained much insight into the mental status of the patient. The interviewer may have already been able to assess the patient's remote memory, affect, and judgment. The formal mental status portion of the neurologic examination is introduced by saying to the patient, ''I would like to ask you a few routine questions. Some of them you will find very easy. Others will be more difficult. Do the best you can.''

The mental status examination consists of evaluation of the following:

Level of consciousness

Speech

Orientation

• Knowledge of current events

• Judgment Abstraction Vocabulary Emotional responses Memory

Calculation ability

• Object recognition Praxis

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