inappropriate 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.

in·ap·pro·pri·ate af·fect

emotional tone or outward emotional reaction out of harmony with the idea, object, or thought accompanying it.

inappropriate affect

Psychiatry A display of emotion that does not reflect a Pt's reality