As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you will likely encounter patients who suffer from various mental health disorders. Not surprisingly, ensuring that your patients have the appropriate psychopharma

As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you will likely encounter patients who suffer from various mental health disorders. Not surprisingly, ensuring that your patients have the appropriate psychopharmacologic treatments will be essential for their overall health and well-being. The psychopharmacologic treatments you might recommend for patients may have potential impacts on other mental health conditions and, therefore, require additional consideration for positive patient outcomes. For this Assignment, you will review and apply your understanding of psychopharmacologic treatments for patients with multiple mental health disorders.

Assignment #1 – Short Answer Assessment

As you complete this assignment, please keep in mind that you are to concisely answer the following questions within the stated guidelines.  Your answers should be short, to the point, and address only what the question is asking.  Be sure to include references 

  • In 3 or 4 sentences, explain the appropriate drug therapy for a patient who presents with MDD and a history of alcohol abuse. Which drugs are contraindicated, if any, and why? Be specific. What is the timeframe that the patient should see resolution of depressive symptoms?
  • List 4 predictors of late onset generalized anxiety disorder.
  • List 4 potential neurobiology causes of psychotic major depression.
  • An episode of major depression is defined as a period of time lasting at least 2 weeks. List at least 5 symptoms required for the episode to occur. Be specific.
  • List 3 classes of drugs, with a corresponding example for each class, that precipitate insomnia. Be specific.

*** a file with the rubric for grading is attached

*** references should be within past 5 years

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