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Appearance is an objective description of the patient as observed by the interviewer.

Aspects of Appearance

Apparent Age -
Looks his/her stated age, younger, or older

Physical Stigmata -
Facial and/or bodily features suggestive of a medical or genetic disorder (i.e. Downs Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome).

Hygiene -
Well-groomed, malodorous.

Eye contact -
Appropriate, moderate, minimal

Manner of Relating to the Examiner -
Guarded, seductive, angry, attentive, cooperative.

Case Notes

35y/o CF appears stated age, no physical stigmata, dressed in mismatched clothes with a tag still on her shirt, moderate hygiene, excessive make-up, appropriate eye contact, cooperative with interview, but irritable.