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The patient's general appearance is an indicator of self-care, lifestyle and daily living skills.
  • Look For

  • The patient’s clothing
  • Grooming
  • Distinctive features
  • Hygiene
  • Interpretation

  • Poor self-care may indicate decompensation in patients with mental illness.
  • Bizarre, eccentric clothing may be an indicator of schizophrenia or acute mania.
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