This week you will build on your assessment and treatment skills as you examine clients presenting for antipsychotic therapy. In practice, clients may present with delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking, disorganized or abnormal motor behavior, as well as other negative symptoms that can be disabling for these individuals. Not only are these symptoms one of the most challenging symptom clusters you will encounter, many are associated with other disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and disorders on the schizophrenia spectrum. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, you must understand the underlying neurobiology of these symptoms to select appropriate therapies and improve outcomes for clients.
Please discuss each medication option listed in Decision Point 1. Why did you choose/not choose each medication? What is the mechanism of action for each medication? Discuss first line FDA approved medications for the disease state, taking into consideration your client’s age, sex, and ethnicity.
At each decision point stop to complete the following:
Also include how ethical considerations might impact your treatment plan and communication with clients.
Must include 4 references
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