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.
"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).