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What is the difference between shallow and flat affect?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Quality and degree

Shallow affect refers to people who do not show much range in emotion; they rarely if ever feel intense moods, either highs or lows.
Flat affect refers to a near-complete absense of affect: the person simply does not show an emotional response even under pretty extreme conditions such as the loss of a loved one.

In brief: Quality and degree

Shallow affect refers to people who do not show much range in emotion; they rarely if ever feel intense moods, either highs or lows.
Flat affect refers to a near-complete absense of affect: the person simply does not show an emotional response even under pretty extreme conditions such as the loss of a loved one.
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