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
- Head trauma
- Personality disorders
- Intellectual disability
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:
Your physical appearance can be checked: Age, clothing, Gender, Grooming, Height, Weight, Expressions, Posture etc.
It check s is your attitude Friendly or hostile, Cooperative or uncertain.
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