blunted affect


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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.

blunt·ed af·fect

a disturbance in mood seen in schizophrenic patients manifested by shallowness and a severe reduction in the expression of feeling.
An affect with a marked reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expression

blunt·ed af·fect

(blŭnt'ĕd af'ekt)
A disturbance in mood manifested by a severe reduction in the expression of feeling.
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Aphasia and amnesia have been described in nearly all patients, and most will exhibit one or more of the following: blunted affect, apathy, prosopagnosia or "psychic blindness" (the inability to distinguish among friends, relatives, and strangers), hypermetamorphosis manifested by consistent exploration of the environment and placement of objects into the mouth, bulimia, hyperactive oral behavior, and altered sexual behavior such as frequent sexual overtures and attempts at physical contact.
Some of these changes include blunted affect, poor concentration, impaired short- and long-term memory, apathy, social withdrawal, avoidance of complex tasks, and personality changes.
This symptom cluster, often associated with functional impairment, includes the 2 observable symptoms of blunted affect and alogia.