THE MENTAL STATUS EXAMINATION5 components:appearance and behavior; speech and language; mood; thoughtsand perceptions; and cognitive function.Cognitive function includes orientation, attention,memory, attention, and higher cognitive functions suchas information and vocabulary, calculations, abstractthinking, and constructional ability.
MIDDLE CHILDHOODgoal-directed exploration, increased physical andcognitive abilities, and achievements by trial and errorMiddle childhood is an active period of growth anddevelopment. Goal-directed exploration, increasedphysical and cognitive abilities, and achievements by trialand error mark this stage.
GET UP AND GO TESTHead-to-Toe Assessment: Older Adult, the Get Up and GoTest assessmentidentify risk for fallingshould be conducted as part of a routine evaluation whendealing with older persons. Its purpose is to assess legmobility
FEELING THE BABY MOVE?a pregnant female can usually feel fetal movementThe examiner can usually feel movements externallyafter 24 gestational weeks; the mother can usually feelthese by 18 to 24 weeks. The maternal sensation of fetalmovement is traditionally known as “quickening.”
CONSCIOUSNESSbeing aware of one's own existence, feelings, andthoughts and of the environmentConsciousness means being aware of one's ownexistence, feelings, and thoughts and of the environment.