flat affect

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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

flat affect

Psychiatry A marked attenuation of emotional range, a sign often associated with major depression. See Major depression, Schizophrenia.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

flat af·fect

(flat a'fekt)
Absence of emotional tone or reaction typically shown by oneself or others under similar circumstances.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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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