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Mental Status Tests: Overview

Mental status tests are done to test individual’s cognitive function. It will examine your appearance, memory, language & judgement skills.

Reasons for Testing

Mental tests can be done to diagnose mental illness affecting the brain. It can help diagnose:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Attention deficit disorder(ADD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Head trauma
  • Personality disorders
  • Intellectual disability
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stroke

 How the Test is Performed

A doctor can give you a questionnaire.  It can be done home, office, hospitals etc. The following may be tested:

  1. APPEARANCE

Your physical appearance can be checked: Age, clothing, Gender, Grooming, Height, Weight, Expressions, Posture etc.

  1. ATTITUDE

It check s is your attitude Friendly or hostile, Cooperative or uncertain.

  1. ORIENTATION

The provider will ask questions such as:

  • What is your name?
  • How old are you?
  • Where do you work?
  • Where do you live?
  • What day and time is it?
  • What season is it?

   4. ATTENTION SPAN

It will check:

  • Ability to complete a thought
  • Ability to think and problem solve
  • Whether you are easily distracted