Hello fellow psychics
I'm trying to put together a "cheat sheet" of sorts on documentation for a new grad nurse I'm working with. While looking at some charts I noticed that many nurses start their notations with "Pt exhibits labile affect and irritable mood". Can you get any more bland?
I can explain to her that affect is something you can see, the expression of feelings or emotions. But how do I explain mood? This definition I found doesn't speak to how the observer can determine the mood.
"Mood - A pervasive and sustained emotion that colors the perception of the world. Common examples of mood include depression, elation, anger, and anxiety. In contrast to affect, which refers to more fluctuating changes in emotional "weather," mood refers to a more pervasive and sustained emotional "climate." Types of mood include: dysphoric, elevated, euthymic, expansive, irritable."
In working with kids, they don't always have words to explain their moods so they usually respond "Fine". I've been doing this a while and I can "feel" their mood but I don't know how to explain it to someone new to it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.