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Range of Affect

June 22nd, 2019


Assessing the range of affect involves examining the variety of emotions a patient exhibits during the conversation. A patient may display a restricted or expanded range of emotions.
  • Interpretation

  • Restricted: a spectrum of emotions is not elicitable.Depression, schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substances
  • Expanded: excessive joy, sadness or irritability.Mania, anxiety disorders, histrionic personality disorder, substances
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