Semin Neurol 2009; 29(3): 185-193
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1223874
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The Neuropsychiatric Mental Status Examination

Raymond A. Faber1
  • 1The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
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Publication Date:
23 June 2009 (online)


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.


Raymond A Faber, M.D. 

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7400 Merton Minter Drive, 116-A, San Antonio, TX 78229

Email: [email protected]