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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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.