Mental status exam: involves the systematic observation of somebody"s behaviour, organize info in sufficient way to see if psychological disorder is present, the exam covers 5 categories, appearance and behaviour, overt behaviour, attire (individual"s dress, general appearance, posture, expression, ex. Frank persistent twitch, appearance appropriate: thought process, rate of speech, continuity of speech, does person make sense, content of speech, ex. Flow and content of speech reasonable: mood and affect, predominant feeling stat of the individual, normal reactions to situations olaughing if mother dies, ex. Frank anxious mood, affect appropriate: intellectual functioning, estimate of intelligence, type of vocabulary, use of abstractions and metaphors, ex. Consists of 31 cards: 30 picutres on them and one blank card, only only 20 cards are typically used the instructor tells the person to tell a dramatic story about the picture. Based on the notion that people will reveal their unconscious mental processes in their stories about the pictures.