NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

Mental health and substance abuse disorders can affect individuals across the life span. While these illnesses are common, recurrent, and serious, they are often treatable and many people do recover (SAMHSA, 2020). Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior such that these changes can and do affect how individuals relate to others and how they make choices.

Behavioral disorders that give rise to impulsivity and substance abuse represent one area of expertise for which a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PNP) may prescribe pharmacologic treatments. Furthermore, understanding the underlying mechanisms that result in these behavioral disorders will be an important component of any treatment plan. Not surprisingly, PNPs may observe the coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder (SAMHSA, 2020). Such co-occurring disorders or comorbidities present additional challenges for PNPs in assessing, treating, and providing care to their patients.

As you engage with the content for this module, reflect on how you might assess, treat, and provide care for patients presenting with behavioral disorders. While some disorders may have a direct treatment plan, others may require additional assessment considerations and pharmacologic interventions. NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Mental health and substance use disorders.

What’s Happening This Module?

Module 3, Disorders With Behavioral Components, is a 2-week module. During Week 10, you will continue to apply your assessment and therapy skills as you assess and treat patients suffering from impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction. In Week 11, you will review treatment plans and concepts related to the treatment of patients with dementia/Alzheimer’s and comorbid states. You will also complete your Final Exam for the course.  NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

What do I have to do?     When do I have to do it?    
Review your Learning Resources. Days 1–7, Weeks 10–11
Assignment: Assessing and Treating Patients With Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction Submit your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 10.
Final Exam Complete Final Exam by Day 7 of Week 11.

Go to the Weekly Content

Week 10

Week 11

Week 10: Therapy for Patients With Impulsive/Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

Impulsivity and compulsivity have a wide range of clinical presentations and often overlap with many other psychiatric disorders. Some individuals act without forethought and have difficulty saying “no” to certain things, such as using illicit drugs or spending money, whereas other individuals engage in compulsive behaviors with undesirable consequences. In some cases, these impulsive and compulsive behaviors also fuel issues with addiction. To effectively assess and treat patients, you must understand how these disorders differ as well as how their symptoms impact patients and their families. NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

This week, as you examine therapies for individuals with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction, you explore the assessment and treatment of patients with these disorders. You also consider ethical and legal implications of these therapies. NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

Week 11: Therapy for Patients With Dementia/Alzheimer’s and Comorbid States

As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you will frequently work with patients across the life span who may also have comorbid conditions. For instance, you may treat a 16-year-old female with Down syndrome and increasing violent behaviors; a middle-aged male with schizophrenia, diabetes, and poor lung function; or an older adult with a mental disorder, Stage 1 Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic heart disease (CHD). In cases like these, you must draw from foundational knowledge of pathophysiology and collaborate with other healthcare providers to ensure optimal safety and efficacy of psychopharmacologic therapies for patients.

This week, as you examine therapy for patients with dementia/Alzheimer’s and comorbid states, you review psychopharmacologic approaches to treatment for these patients across the life span. You will also complete your Final Exam. NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components

Optional Resources 

Bennett, T. (2015). Changing the way society understands mental health. National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mechanic, D. (2007). Mental health services then and now. Health Affairs, 26(6), 1548–1550.

Rothman, D. J. (1994). Shiny, happy people: The problem with “cosmetic psychopharmacology.” New Republic, 210(7), 34–38.

NURS 4430 Module 3 Disorders With Behavioral Components