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Appearance

Overview

  • 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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