Mental Health Monday–Mental Status Exam


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Ok, so part of a psychiatric evaluation includes what’s called the Mental Status Examination. Simply put, it contains observational information such as appearance, behavior, speech, mood, mental health symptoms (such as hallucinations, delusions, and suicidal thoughts), as well as a set of “formal” questions used to assess a person’s orientation (to self, place, and time/date), memory, concentration, fund of knowledge, ability to manipulate thoughts, and insight (knowledge of) their illness and ability to have sound judgment.

Most clinicians use the same questions in the same order (it keeps things consistent, standardized, and easier to remember).

Some clinicians have their own set of questions, however. One of my colleagues asks her patients to interpret a statement that for the life of me (and my fellow co-workers) I can’t figure out.

So, I’m putting it to you guys to see if anyone knows it.

Drumroll please (as if this long-winded intro isn’t enough of a lead in, LOL!)!

What is the SAME between and EGG and the MOON? 

Yeah. Anybody know the answer to this?

I found a link that states the full moon in April is called the “egg moon” because it coincides with the days getting longer and to chickens laying more eggs.

Check out Lydia’s Medical Monday post and Sarah’s post!

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13 comments on “Mental Health Monday–Mental Status Exam

  1. Sarah says:

    OK … it’s too early for me to even ponder that question. What information does your colleague expect to glean from the answer? Is it like a verbal Rorschach?

  2. That’s a bizarre question. Have you asked her what she learns by asking this? I don’t imagine any two people give the same answer.

  3. Well, they both have essentially the same shape – the moon is slightly bowed out like an egg (if I remember correctly. :-} )

    Maybe she’s trying to determine if the subject has a scientific interest / viewpoint?

  4. Linda Gray says:

    Hmm, I don’t think it’s in the function category, so it must be form. They both have a bumpy, white, rounded surface that looks smooth from a distance? Eggs are the darlings of architectural design students. Moons are the darlings of poet and songwriter wannabes. Maybe there’s a conjunction there somewhere? That’s all i’ve got!

  5. They can both float? One’s rumored to be made of cheese, the other taste good with cheese? They both have repeated letters? I don’t know. What an odd question.

    Hope you’ll reveal the correct answer. 🙂

  6. Lydia K says:

    Um, I have no idea. The yolk look like a moon sometimes. Er, I guess! Do they both share an ellipse? In shape and orbit?

  7. lenny says:

    hi dr laura! yikes! for sure thats a pretty strange question. for me theyre both their most brightest when their sunny side up! ha ha.
    …hugs from lenny

  8. roguemutt says:

    Maybe to sane people it doesn’t mean anything, but if you’re insane it could mean something.

  9. Donna Hole says:

    GREEN! Green eggs go good with ham, and the moon is made of green cheese, which also goes well with ham and eggs 🙂

    Do I win the dodo award . .

    …….dhole

  10. Vicki Tremper says:

    Wow, I have no idea what to say. That’s a tricky one. I definitely want to know what she learns by asking this. How creative a thinker the person is?

  11. They’re both round…

    ❤ Gina Blechman

  12. ketmakkura says:

    …they’re both delicious?

  13. Melody says:

    1) They’re both white {but not really white-white} and round.
    2) Neither of them are smooth. If you took a high-res, close-up picture of an egg and compared it to a high-res picture of the moon, they would probably be quite similar. Eggs aren’t smooth, and there are small craters and ‘mountains.’

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