• Subjective and objective appreciation of mood.

Subjective: the patient’s own view of his current mood should be documented.

Objective: is how he appears to the assessing clinician, e.g. dysthymic, euthymic etc.


  • Affect

"If mood is the weather then affect is the climate.” (Description of presentation over longer time frame.)

This may include non-reactive, blunted, inappropriate etc.


  • Based on presentation, document further detail on mood symptoms (sustained low mood, variation, sleep, early morning wakening, appetite and weight loss, energy, enjoyment/anhedonia, feelings of guilt, suicidal thoughts or acts, possible mood elevation).