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Stability of Affect

June 22nd, 2019


Stability of affect focuses on the consistency and adaptability of a patient's mood in response to the conversation's flow and topics. Evaluating stability can reveal whether a patient's emotional expression is stable or labile.
  • Interpretation

  • Stable: changes in mood that are relevant to the flow of conversation.
  • Labile: frequent shifts in emotional expression.Borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, traumatic brain injury, substances
  • Emotional incontinence: extreme lability.
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