stability e.g. stable, labile!
happiness eg, ecstatic, elevated, lowered, depressed!
irritability e.g. explosive, irritable, calm!
#peech can be a particularly revealing feature of a person's presentation and should be described behaviourally as well as considering its content see also section on Thoughts!. $nusual speech is sometimes associated with mood and anxiety problems, schi%ophrenia, and organic pathology.
speech rate e.g. rapid, pressured, reduced tempo!
volume e.g. loud, normal, soft!
tonality e.g. monotonous, tremulous!
quantity e.g. minimal, voluble!
ease of conversation
This refers to a person's current capacity to process information and is important because it is often sensitive though in young people usually secondary! to mental health problems.
level of consciousness e.g. alert, drowsy, intoxicated, stuporose!
orientation to reality often expressed in regard to time&place&person - e.g. awareness of the time&day&date, where they are, ability to provide personal details!
memory functioning including immediate or short-term memory, and memory for recent and remote information or events!
literacy and arithmetic skills
visuospatial processing e.g. copying a diagram, drawing a bicycle!