This CE guides you in understanding common challenges for nurse practitioners when caring for the psychiatric/mental health patient in crisis. Assessment, psychopharmacology, and therapeutic interventions for acute presentations of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, suicidal ideation, and personality disorders will be discussed. Complications of psychoactive medications will also be addressed, as well as the impact of mental illness on physical disease. Finally, through case studies, optimal management strategies for these diagnoses will be explored.
Other topics include:
- Signs and symptoms of common psychiatric disorders
- Commonly used medications, including antipsychotics
- Psychological processes of personality disorders
- Depression and SSRIS
- The four critical areas of human interpersonal need