Assessing and Treating Patients With Bipolar Disorder

Assessing and Treating Patients With Bipolar Disorder

Assessing and Treating Patients With Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder is a unique disorder that causes mood and energy shifts, resulting in depression and mania for patients. Proper diagnosis of this disorder is often challenging for two reasons: 1) patients often present as depressive or manic but may have both, and 2) many symptoms of bipolar disorder are similar to other disorders. Misdiagnosis is common, making it essential for you to understand the disorder’s pathophysiology deeply. For this Assignment, as you examine the patient case study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat patients presenting with bipolar disorder.

 

How do you assess a patient with bipolar disorder?

Assessing and Treating Patients With Bipolar Disorder
To prepare for this Assignment:
Review this week’s Learning Resources, including the Medication Resources indicated for this week.
Reflect on the psychopharmacologic treatments you might recommend for assessing and treating patients requiring bipolar therapy.

In your paper, you will choose one of the following diagnoses: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder, Substance/Medication-Induced Bipolar and Related Disorder, or Bipolar and Related Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition. Your paper will include a discussion of your chosen diagnosis of bipolar and related disorders on the following:
Prevalence and Neurobiology of your chosen disorder
Discuss the differences between your chosen disorder and one other bipolar and related disorder concerning the diagnostic criteria, including presentation of symptoms according to DSM 5 TR criteria

 

Assessing and Treating Patients With Bipolar Disorder: What is the treatment of choice for bipolar disorder?

Assessing and Treating Patients With Bipolar Disorder
Discuss special populations and considerations (children, adolescents, pregnancy/post-partum, older adults, emergency care) for your chosen bipolar and related disorder; demonstrate critical thinking beyond the basics of HIPPA and informed consent with a discussion of at least one for EACH category: legal considerations, ethical considerations, cultural considerations, social determinants of health
Discuss FDA and/or clinical practice guidelines approved pharmacological treatment options for acute and mixed episodes vs. maintenance pharmacological treatment for your chosen bipolar and related disorder
Of the medication treatment options for your chosen disorder, discuss side effects, FDA approvals, and warnings. What is important to monitor in terms of labs and comorbid medical issues? Why is it important to monitor
Provide three examples of writing a proper prescription that you would provide to the patient or transmit to the pharmacy.