flat affect


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Related to flat affect: inappropriate affect, Labile affect

affect

 [af´ekt]
the external expression of emotion attached to ideas or mental representations of objects. see also mood.
blunted affect severe reduction in the intensity of affect; a common symptom of schizophrenic disorders.
constricted affect restricted affect.
flat affect lack of emotional expression.
inappropriate affect affect that is incongruent with the situation or with the content of a patient's ideas or speech.
labile affect that characterized by rapid changes in emotion unrelated to external events or stimuli.
restricted affect reduction in the intensity of affect, to a somewhat lesser degree than is characteristic of blunted affect.

flat af·fect

absence of or diminution in the amount of emotional tone or outward emotional reaction typically shown by oneself or others under similar circumstances; a milder form is termed blunted affect.

flat affect

the absence or near absence of emotional response to a situation that normally elicits emotion. It is observed in schizophrenia and some depressive disorders. Also called flattened affect.

flat affect

Psychiatry A marked attenuation of emotional range, a sign often associated with major depression. See Major depression, Schizophrenia.

flat af·fect

(flat a'fekt)
Absence of or diminution in the amount of emotional tone or outward emotional reaction (e.g., facial expression, posture) typically shown by oneself or others under similar circumstances; may include lack of vocal expression; often a symptom of mental disorders; a milder form is termed blunted affect.

flat af·fect

(flat a'fekt)
Absence of emotional tone or reaction typically shown by oneself or others under similar circumstances.

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Q. what does the term flat affect means?

A. "Flat affect: A severe reduction in emotional expressiveness. People with depression and schizophrenia often show flat affect. A person with schizophrenia may not show the signs of normal emotion, perhaps may speak in a monotonous voice, have diminished facial expressions, and appear extremely apathetic. Also known as blunted affect."

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The majority of those with flat affect were male (75%), which is consistent with earlier studies.
Compared with patients without flat affect, those with flat affect had significantly poorer functioning in early adolescence, late adolescence, and adulthood, reported Dr.
Compared with schizophrenia patients, people with psychotic depression are more likely to have delusions than hallucinations or thought disorder, and their flat affect is not as severe as in schizophrenia.
Possible symptom synonyms include lack of interest, lack of feeling, lack of concern, indifference, flat affect, and emotional unresponsiveness.