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Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With
Mood Disorders

When pediatric clients present with mood disorders, the
process of assessing, diagnosing, and treating them can be quite complex.
Children not only present with different signs and symptoms than adult clients
with the same disorders, but they also metabolize medications much differently.
As a result, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners must exercise
caution when prescribing psychotropic medications to these clients. For this
Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this week’s Learning
Resources, consider how you might assess and treat pediatric clients presenting
with mood disorders.

Note: This Assignment is the first of 10 assignments that
are based on interactive client case studies. For these assignments, you will
be required to make decisions about how to assess and treat clients. Each of
your decisions will have a consequence. Some consequences will be
insignificant, and others may be life altering. You are not expected to make
the “right” decision every time; in fact, some scenarios may not have a “right”
decision. You are, however, expected to learn from each decision you make and
demonstrate the ability to weigh risks versus benefits to prescribe appropriate
treatments for clients.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of antidepressant therapy for pediatric clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in pediatric clients requiring antidepressant therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing antidepressant therapy to pediatric clients

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through the Walden
Library using this link. This link will take you to a log-in page for the
Walden Library. Once you log into the library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Chapter 7, “Antidepressants”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following medications, click on the The
Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Review the following medications:

amitriptyline

bupropion

citalopram

clomipramine

desipramine

desvenlafaxine

doxepin

duloxetine

escitalopram

fluoxetine

fluvoxamine

imipramine

ketamine

mirtazapine

nortriptyline

paroxetine

selegiline

sertraline

trazodone

venlafaxine

vilazodone

vortioxetine

Magellan Health, Inc. (2013). Appropriate use of
psychotropic drugs in children and adolescents: A clinical monograph. Retrieved
from http://www.magellanhealth.com/media/445492/magellan-psychotropicdrugs-0203141.pdf

Rao, U. (2013).
Biomarkers in pediatric depression. Depression & Anxiety, 30(9), 787–791.
doi:10.1002/da.22171

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Vitiello, B. (2012). Principles in using psychotropic medication
in children and adolescents. In J. M. Rey (Ed.), IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child
and Adolescent Mental Health. Geneva: International Association for Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. Retrieved from
http://iacapap.org/wp-content/uploads/A.7-PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-072012.pdf

Poznanski, E., &
Mokros, H. (1996). Child Depression Rating Scale–Revised. Los Angeles, CA:
Western Psychological Services.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education (2016e). Case study: An African American
child suffering from depression [Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD:
Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

El Marroun, H., White, T., Verhulst, F., & Tiemeier, H.
(2014). Maternal use of antidepressant or anxiolytic medication during
pregnancy and childhood neurodevelopmental outcomes: A systematic review.
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 23(10), 973–992.
doi:10.1007/s00787-014-0558-3

Gordon, M. S., & Melvin, G. A. (2014). Do
antidepressants make children and adolescents suicidal? Journal of Pediatrics
and Child Health, 50(11), 847–854. doi:10.1111/jpc.12655

Seedat, S. (2014). Controversies in the use of
antidepressants in children and adolescents: A decade since the storm and where
do we stand now? Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 26(2), iii–v.
doi:10.2989/17280583.2014.938497

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat pediatric clients requiring antidepressant therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An African American Child Suffering From
Depression. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication
to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 3
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Adult and Geriatric
Clients With Mood Disorders

Advances in genetics and epigenetics have changed the
traditional understanding of mood disorders, resulting in new evidence-based
practices. In your role as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it
is essential for you to continually educate yourself on new findings and best
practices in the field. For this Assignment, you consider best practices for
assessing and treating adult and geriatric clients presenting with mood
disorders.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of antidepressant therapy for adult and geriatric clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in adult and geriatric clients requiring
antidepressant therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing antidepressant therapy to adult and geriatric clients

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through the Walden
Library using this link. This link will take you to a log-in page for the
Walden Library. Once you log into the library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following chapters, click on the
Essential Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select
the appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation
bar for each chapter.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following medications, click on the The
Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

amitriptyline

bupropion

citalopram

clomipramine

desipramine

desvenlafaxine

doxepin

duloxetine

escitalopram

fluoxetine

fluvoxamine

imipramine

ketamine

mirtazapine

nortriptyline

paroxetine

selegiline

sertraline

trazodone

venlafaxine

vilazodone

vortioxetine

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and
statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Montgomery, S. A.,
& Asberg, M. (1979). A new depression scale designed to be sensitive to
change. British Journal of Psychiatry, 134, 382-389. Retrieved from
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marie_Asberg/publication/22697065_A_New_Depression_Scale_Designed_to_be_Sensitive_to_Change/links/09e41513f85c708fee000000.pdf

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016g). Case study: An elderly Hispanic man with major depressive disorder
[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat adult and geriatric clients requiring antidepressant therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An Elderly Hispanic Man With Major
Depressive Disorder. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the
medication to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might
impact the client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 4
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients with With Bipolar
Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a unique disorder that causes shifts in
mood and energy, which results in depression and mania for clients. Proper
diagnosis of this disorder is often a challenge for two reasons: 1) clients
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 have a deep understanding of the disorder’s
pathophysiology. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in
this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with bipolar disorder.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of bipolar therapy for clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring bipolar therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing bipolar therapy to clients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Chapter 8, “Mood Stabilizers”

Stahl, S. M., & Ball, S. (2009b). Stahl’s illustrated
mood stabilizers. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Mood Stabilizers tab.

Chapter 4, “Lithium and Various Anticonvulsants as Mood
Stabilizers for Bipolar Disorder”

Chapter 5, “Atypical Antipsychotics as Mood Stabilizers for
Bipolar Disorder”

Vitiello, B. (2013). How effective are the current
treatments for children diagnosed with manic/mixed bipolar disorder? CNS Drugs,
27(5), 331-333. doi:10.1007/s40263-013-0060-3

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Chen, R., Wang, H., Shi, J., Shen, K., & Hu, P. (2015).
Cytochrome P450 2D6 genotype affects the pharmacokinetics of controlled-release
paroxetine in healthy Chinese subjects: comparison of traditional phenotype and
activity score systems. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 71(7),
835-841. doi:10.1007/s00228-015-1855-6

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016f). Case study: An Asian American woman with bipolar disorder [Interactive
media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

Mostafavi, A., Solhi, M., Mohammadi, M., Hamedi, M.,
Keshavarzi, M., & Akhondzadeh, S. (2014). Melatonin decreases olanzapine
induced metabolic side-effects in adolescents with bipolar disorder: a
randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Acta Medica Iranica, 52(10),
734-739.

Retrieved from http://acta.tums.ac.ir/index.php/acta

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring bipolar therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An Asian American Woman With Bipolar
Disorder. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication
to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 5
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Anxiety
Disorders

Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include chest pains,
shortness of breath, and other physical symptoms that may be mistaken for a
heart attack or other physical ailment. These manifestations often prompt
clients to seek care from their primary care providers or emergency
departments. Once it is determined that there is no organic basis for these symptoms,
clients are typically referred to a psychiatric mental health practitioner for
anxiolytic therapy. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study
in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat
clients presenting with anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of anxiolytic therapy for clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring anxiolytic therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing anxiolytic therapy to clients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 9, “Anxiety Disorder and Anxiolytics”

Stahl, S. M., & Grady, M. (2010). Stahl’s illustrated
anxiety, stress, and PTSD. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Anxiety, Stress, and PTSD tab.

Chapter 4, “First-Line Medications for PTSD”

Chapter 5, “Second-Line, Adjunct, and Investigational
Medications for PTSD”

Strawn, J. R., Wehry, A. M., DelBello, M. P., Rynn, M. A.,
& Strakowski, S. (2012). Establishing the neurobiologic basis of treatment
in children and adolescents with generalized anxiety disorder. Depression and
Anxiety, 29(4), 328–-339. doi:10.1002/da.21913

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Hamilton, M. (1959). Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale.
Psyctests, doi:10.1037/t02824-0

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016b). Case study: A middle-aged Caucasian man with anxiety [Interactive
media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

Lupi, M., Martinotti, G., Acciavatti, T., Pettorruso, M.,
Brunetti, M., Santacroce, R., & … Di Giannantonio, M. (2014).
Pharmacological treatments in gambling disorder: A qualitative review. Biomed
Research International, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/537306

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring anxiolytic therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Middle-Aged Caucasian Man With
Anxiety. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to
prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 6
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Psychosis
and Schizophrenia

Psychosis and schizophrenia greatly impact the brain’s
normal processes, which interferes with the ability to think clearly. When
symptoms of these disorders are uncontrolled, clients may struggle to function
in daily life. However, clients often thrive when properly diagnosed and
treated under the close supervision of a psychiatric mental health
practitioner. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this
week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with psychosis and schizophrenia.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of antipsychotic therapy for clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring antipsychotic therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing antipsychotic therapy to clients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 4, “Psychosis and Schizophrenia”

Chapter 5, “Antipsychotic Agents”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

amisulpride

aripiprazole

asenapine

chlorpromazine

clozapine

flupenthixol

fluphenazine

haloperidol

iloperidone

loxapine

lurasidone

olanzapine

paliperidone

perphenazine

quetiapine

risperidone

sulpiride

thioridazine

thiothixene

trifluoperazine

ziprasidone

Naber, D., & Lambert, M. (2009). The CATIE and CUtLASS
studies in schizophrenia: Results and implications for clinicians. CNS Drugs,
23(8), 649-659. doi:10.2165/00023210-200923080-00002

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Document: Midterm
Exam Study Guide (PDF)

Kay, S. R., Fiszbein,
A., & Opler, L. A. (1987). The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS)
for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 13(2), 261-276.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Clozapine REMS.
(2015). Clozapine REMS: The single shared system for clozapine. Retrieved from
https://www.clozapinerems.com/CpmgClozapineUI/rems/pdf/resources/Clozapine_REMS_A_Guide_for_Healthcare_Providers.pdf

Walden University.
(2016). ASC success strategies: Studying for and taking a test. Retrieved from
http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASCsuccess/ASCtesting

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016j). Case study: Pakistani woman with delusional thought processes
[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

Chakos, M., Patel, J. K., Rosenheck, R., Glick, I. D.,
Hammer, M. B., Tapp, A., & … Miller, D. (2011). Concomitant psychotropic
medication use during treatment of schizophrenia patients: Longitudinal results
from the CATIE study. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, 5(3),
124-134. doi:10.3371/CSRP.5.3.2

Fangfang, S., Stock, E. M., Copeland, L. A., Zeber, J. E.,
Ahmedani, B. K., & Morissette, S. B. (2014). Polypharmacy with
antipsychotic drugs in patients with schizophrenia: Trends in multiple health
care systems. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 71(9), 728-738.
doi:10.2146/ajhp130471

Lin, L. A., Rosenheck, R., Sugar, C., & Zbrozek, A.
(2015). Comparing antipsychotic treatments for schizophrenia: A health state
approach. The Psychiatric Quarterly, 86(1), 107-121.
doi:10.1007/s11126-014-9326-2

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring anxiolytic therapy.

Week 7
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Pain

Pain can greatly influence an individual’s quality of life,
as uncontrolled pain negatively impacts mood, concentration, and the overall
physical and mental well-being of clients. Although pain can often be
controlled with medications, the process of assessing and treating clients can
be challenging because pain is such a subjective experience. Only the person
experiencing the pain truly knows the intensity of the pain and whether there
is a need for medication therapies. Sometimes, beliefs about pain and
treatments for pain can have an adverse effect on the provider-client
relationship. For this Assignment, as you examine the interactive case study
consider how you might assess and treat clients presenting with pain.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with pain

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for pain

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans for clients presenting
for pain therapy

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with pain

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 10, “Chronic Pain and Its Treatment”

Stahl, S. M., & Ball, S. (2009a). Stahl’s illustrated
chronic pain and fibromyalgia. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapter, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia tab.

Chapter 5, “Pain Drugs”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

For insomnia

amitriptyline

amoxapine

carbamazepine

clomipramine

clonidine (adjunct)

desipramine

dothiepin

doxepin

duloxetine

gabapentin

imipramine

lamotrigine

levetiracetam

lofepramine

maprotiline

memantine

milnacipran

nortriptyline

pregabalin

tiagabine

topiramate

trimipramine

valproate (divalproex)

zonisamide

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and
statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2016). Pain: Hope through research.
Retrieved from
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/detail_chronic_pain.htm#3084_2

Required Media

Laureate Education
(2016a). Case study: A Caucasian man with hip pain [Interactive media file].
Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring therapy for pain and sleep/wake disorders.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Caucasian Man With Hip Pain. You will
be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to prescribe to this
client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the client’s
pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 8
assignment

Assignment: Assessing
and Treating Clients With Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction

Impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction are challenging
disorders for clients across the lifespan. These disorders often manifest as
negative behaviors, resulting in adverse outcomes for clients. In your role as
the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, you have the opportunity to
help clients address underlying causes of the disorders and overcome these
behaviors. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this
week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for impulsivity,
compulsivity, and addiction

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 14, “Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction”

Stahl, S. M., & Grady, M. (2012). Stahl’s illustrated
substance use and impulsive disorder New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapter, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders tab.

Chapter 10, “Disorders of Impulsivity and Compulsivity”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

For insomnia

For obsessive-compulsive disorder

Citalopram

clomipramine

escitalopram

fluoxetine

fluvoxamine

paroxetine

sertraline

venlafaxine

vilazodone

For alcohol withdrawal

chlordiazepoxide

clonidine

clorazepate

diazepam

lorazepam

oxazepam

For bulimia nervosa and binge eating

fluoxetine

topiramate

zonisamide

For alcohol
abstinence

acamprosate

disulfiram

For alcohol dependence

nalmefene

naltrexone

For opioid dependence

buprenorphine

naltrexone

For nicotine
addiction

bupropion

varenicline

Book Excerpt: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration. (1999). Treatment of adolescents with substance use disorders.
Treatment Improvement Protocol Series, No. 32. Retrieved from
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64350/

Chapter 1, “Substance Use Among Adolescents”

Chapter 2, “Tailoring Treatment to the Adolescent’s Problem”

Chapter 7, “Youths with Distinctive Treatment Needs”

University of Michigan Health System. (2016). Childhood
trauma linked to worse impulse control in adulthood, study finds. Retrieved
from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160120201324.htm

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Grant, J. E., Odlaug, B. L., & Schreiber, L. N. (2014).
Pharmacological treatments in pathological gambling. British Journal of Clinical
Pharmacology, 77(2), 375–381. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04457.x

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Loreck, D., Brandt, N. J., & DiPaula, B. (2016).
Managing opioid abuse in older adults: Clinical considerations and challenges.
Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(4), 10–15.
doi:10.3928/00989134-20160314-04

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Salmon, J. M., & Forester, B. (2012). Substance abuse
and co-occurring psychiatric disorders in older adults: A clinical case and
review of the relevant literature. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 8(1), 74–84.
doi:10.1080/15504263.2012.648439

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Sanches, M., Scott-Gurnell, K., Patel, A., Caetano, S. C.,
Zunta-Soares, G. B., Hatch, J. P., & … Soares, J. C. (2014). Impulsivity
in children and adolescents with mood disorders and unaffected offspring of
bipolar parents. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(6), 1337–1341.
doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.04.018

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education
(2016c). Case study: A Puerto Rican woman with comorbid addiction [Interactive
media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat adolescent clients requiring therapy for impulsivity,
compulsivity, and addiction.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Puerto Rican Woman With Comorbid
Addiction. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication
to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Week 9
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With ADHD

Not only do children and adults have different presentations
for ADHD, but males and females may also have vastly different clinical
presentations. They may also respond to medication therapies differently. For
example, some ADHD medications may cause children to experience stomach pain,
while others can be highly addictive for adults. In your role, as a psychiatric
mental health nurse practitioner, you must perform careful assessments and
weigh the risks and benefits of medication therapies for clients across the
lifespan. For this Assignment, you consider how you might assess and treat
clients presenting with ADHD.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with ADHD

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for ADHD

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Evaluate ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with ADHD

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: Review all materials from the Discussion.

Conners, C. K., Sitarenios, G., Parker, J. D. A., &
Epstein, J. N. (1998). Revision and restandardization of the Conners’ Teacher
Rating Scale (CTRS-R): Factors, structure, reliability, and criterion validity.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 26, 279-291.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education
(2016d). Case study: A young Caucasian girl with ADHD [Interactive media file].
Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

This case study will serve as the foundation for this week’s
Assignment.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Young Caucasian Girl With ADHD You
will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to prescribe to
this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the client’s
pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve with
Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 10
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as “a general
term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily
life” (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016). This term encompasses dozens of
cognitive disorders of impaired memory formation, recall, and communication.
The care and treatment of clients with dementia is dependent on multiple
factors, including the stage of dementia, comorbidities, family support, and
even the care setting. In your role, as the psychiatric mental health nurse
practitioner, you must be prepared to not only treat clients with these various
cognitive disorders, but also the multiple behavioral issues that often
accompany them. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in
this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with dementia.

Reference: Alzheimer’s Association. (2016). What is
dementia? Retrieved from http://www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with dementia

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for dementia

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with dementia

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapter, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 13, “Dementia and Its Treatment”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

For insomnia

donepezil

galantamine

memantine

rivastigmine

Bui, Q. (2012). Antidepressants for agitation and psychosis
in patients with dementia. American Family Physician, 85(1), 20–22. Retrieved
from http://www.aafp.org/journals/afp.html

Note: Retrieved from from the Walden Library databases.

Meltzer, H. Y.,
Mills, R., Revell, S., Williams, H., Johnson, A., Bahr, D., & Friedman, J.
H. (2010). Pimavanserin, a serotonin receptor inverse agonist for the treatment
of Parkinson’s disease psychosis. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 881–891.
Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v35/n4/pdf/npp2009176a.pdf

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016h). Case study: An elderly Iranian man with Alzheimer’s disease
[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring therapy for dementia.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An Elderly Iranian Man With Alzheimer’s
Disease. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to
prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 2
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With
Mood Disorders

When pediatric clients present with mood disorders, the
process of assessing, diagnosing, and treating them can be quite complex.
Children not only present with different signs and symptoms than adult clients
with the same disorders, but they also metabolize medications much differently.
As a result, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners must exercise
caution when prescribing psychotropic medications to these clients. For this
Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this week’s Learning
Resources, consider how you might assess and treat pediatric clients presenting
with mood disorders.

Note: This Assignment is the first of 10 assignments that
are based on interactive client case studies. For these assignments, you will
be required to make decisions about how to assess and treat clients. Each of
your decisions will have a consequence. Some consequences will be
insignificant, and others may be life altering. You are not expected to make
the “right” decision every time; in fact, some scenarios may not have a “right”
decision. You are, however, expected to learn from each decision you make and
demonstrate the ability to weigh risks versus benefits to prescribe appropriate
treatments for clients.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of antidepressant therapy for pediatric clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in pediatric clients requiring antidepressant therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing antidepressant therapy to pediatric clients

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through the Walden
Library using this link. This link will take you to a log-in page for the
Walden Library. Once you log into the library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Chapter 7, “Antidepressants”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following medications, click on the The
Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Review the following medications:

amitriptyline

bupropion

citalopram

clomipramine

desipramine

desvenlafaxine

doxepin

duloxetine

escitalopram

fluoxetine

fluvoxamine

imipramine

ketamine

mirtazapine

nortriptyline

paroxetine

selegiline

sertraline

trazodone

venlafaxine

vilazodone

vortioxetine

Magellan Health, Inc. (2013). Appropriate use of
psychotropic drugs in children and adolescents: A clinical monograph. Retrieved
from http://www.magellanhealth.com/media/445492/magellan-psychotropicdrugs-0203141.pdf

Rao, U. (2013).
Biomarkers in pediatric depression. Depression & Anxiety, 30(9), 787–791.
doi:10.1002/da.22171

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Vitiello, B. (2012). Principles in using psychotropic medication
in children and adolescents. In J. M. Rey (Ed.), IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child
and Adolescent Mental Health. Geneva: International Association for Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. Retrieved from
http://iacapap.org/wp-content/uploads/A.7-PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-072012.pdf

Poznanski, E., &
Mokros, H. (1996). Child Depression Rating Scale–Revised. Los Angeles, CA:
Western Psychological Services.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education (2016e). Case study: An African American
child suffering from depression [Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD:
Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

El Marroun, H., White, T., Verhulst, F., & Tiemeier, H.
(2014). Maternal use of antidepressant or anxiolytic medication during
pregnancy and childhood neurodevelopmental outcomes: A systematic review.
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 23(10), 973–992.
doi:10.1007/s00787-014-0558-3

Gordon, M. S., & Melvin, G. A. (2014). Do
antidepressants make children and adolescents suicidal? Journal of Pediatrics
and Child Health, 50(11), 847–854. doi:10.1111/jpc.12655

Seedat, S. (2014). Controversies in the use of
antidepressants in children and adolescents: A decade since the storm and where
do we stand now? Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 26(2), iii–v.
doi:10.2989/17280583.2014.938497

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat pediatric clients requiring antidepressant therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An African American Child Suffering From
Depression. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication
to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 3
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Adult and Geriatric
Clients With Mood Disorders

Advances in genetics and epigenetics have changed the
traditional understanding of mood disorders, resulting in new evidence-based
practices. In your role as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it
is essential for you to continually educate yourself on new findings and best
practices in the field. For this Assignment, you consider best practices for
assessing and treating adult and geriatric clients presenting with mood
disorders.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of antidepressant therapy for adult and geriatric clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in adult and geriatric clients requiring
antidepressant therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing antidepressant therapy to adult and geriatric clients

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through the Walden
Library using this link. This link will take you to a log-in page for the
Walden Library. Once you log into the library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following chapters, click on the
Essential Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select
the appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation
bar for each chapter.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: To access the following medications, click on the The
Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

amitriptyline

bupropion

citalopram

clomipramine

desipramine

desvenlafaxine

doxepin

duloxetine

escitalopram

fluoxetine

fluvoxamine

imipramine

ketamine

mirtazapine

nortriptyline

paroxetine

selegiline

sertraline

trazodone

venlafaxine

vilazodone

vortioxetine

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and
statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Montgomery, S. A.,
& Asberg, M. (1979). A new depression scale designed to be sensitive to
change. British Journal of Psychiatry, 134, 382-389. Retrieved from
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marie_Asberg/publication/22697065_A_New_Depression_Scale_Designed_to_be_Sensitive_to_Change/links/09e41513f85c708fee000000.pdf

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016g). Case study: An elderly Hispanic man with major depressive disorder
[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat adult and geriatric clients requiring antidepressant therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An Elderly Hispanic Man With Major
Depressive Disorder. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the
medication to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might
impact the client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 4
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients with With Bipolar
Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a unique disorder that causes shifts in
mood and energy, which results in depression and mania for clients. Proper
diagnosis of this disorder is often a challenge for two reasons: 1) clients
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 have a deep understanding of the disorder’s
pathophysiology. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in
this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with bipolar disorder.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of bipolar therapy for clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring bipolar therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing bipolar therapy to clients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Chapter 8, “Mood Stabilizers”

Stahl, S. M., & Ball, S. (2009b). Stahl’s illustrated
mood stabilizers. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Mood Stabilizers tab.

Chapter 4, “Lithium and Various Anticonvulsants as Mood
Stabilizers for Bipolar Disorder”

Chapter 5, “Atypical Antipsychotics as Mood Stabilizers for
Bipolar Disorder”

Vitiello, B. (2013). How effective are the current
treatments for children diagnosed with manic/mixed bipolar disorder? CNS Drugs,
27(5), 331-333. doi:10.1007/s40263-013-0060-3

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Chen, R., Wang, H., Shi, J., Shen, K., & Hu, P. (2015).
Cytochrome P450 2D6 genotype affects the pharmacokinetics of controlled-release
paroxetine in healthy Chinese subjects: comparison of traditional phenotype and
activity score systems. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 71(7),
835-841. doi:10.1007/s00228-015-1855-6

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016f). Case study: An Asian American woman with bipolar disorder [Interactive
media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

Mostafavi, A., Solhi, M., Mohammadi, M., Hamedi, M.,
Keshavarzi, M., & Akhondzadeh, S. (2014). Melatonin decreases olanzapine
induced metabolic side-effects in adolescents with bipolar disorder: a
randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Acta Medica Iranica, 52(10),
734-739.

Retrieved from http://acta.tums.ac.ir/index.php/acta

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring bipolar therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An Asian American Woman With Bipolar
Disorder. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication
to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 5
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Anxiety
Disorders

Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include chest pains,
shortness of breath, and other physical symptoms that may be mistaken for a
heart attack or other physical ailment. These manifestations often prompt
clients to seek care from their primary care providers or emergency
departments. Once it is determined that there is no organic basis for these symptoms,
clients are typically referred to a psychiatric mental health practitioner for
anxiolytic therapy. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study
in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat
clients presenting with anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of anxiolytic therapy for clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring anxiolytic therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing anxiolytic therapy to clients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 9, “Anxiety Disorder and Anxiolytics”

Stahl, S. M., & Grady, M. (2010). Stahl’s illustrated
anxiety, stress, and PTSD. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Anxiety, Stress, and PTSD tab.

Chapter 4, “First-Line Medications for PTSD”

Chapter 5, “Second-Line, Adjunct, and Investigational
Medications for PTSD”

Strawn, J. R., Wehry, A. M., DelBello, M. P., Rynn, M. A.,
& Strakowski, S. (2012). Establishing the neurobiologic basis of treatment
in children and adolescents with generalized anxiety disorder. Depression and
Anxiety, 29(4), 328–-339. doi:10.1002/da.21913

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Hamilton, M. (1959). Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale.
Psyctests, doi:10.1037/t02824-0

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016b). Case study: A middle-aged Caucasian man with anxiety [Interactive
media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

Lupi, M., Martinotti, G., Acciavatti, T., Pettorruso, M.,
Brunetti, M., Santacroce, R., & … Di Giannantonio, M. (2014).
Pharmacological treatments in gambling disorder: A qualitative review. Biomed
Research International, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/537306

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring anxiolytic therapy.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Middle-Aged Caucasian Man With
Anxiety. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to
prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 6
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Psychosis
and Schizophrenia

Psychosis and schizophrenia greatly impact the brain’s
normal processes, which interferes with the ability to think clearly. When
symptoms of these disorders are uncontrolled, clients may struggle to function
in daily life. However, clients often thrive when properly diagnosed and
treated under the close supervision of a psychiatric mental health
practitioner. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this
week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with psychosis and schizophrenia.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
plans of antipsychotic therapy for clients

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring antipsychotic therapy

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing antipsychotic therapy to clients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 4, “Psychosis and Schizophrenia”

Chapter 5, “Antipsychotic Agents”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

amisulpride

aripiprazole

asenapine

chlorpromazine

clozapine

flupenthixol

fluphenazine

haloperidol

iloperidone

loxapine

lurasidone

olanzapine

paliperidone

perphenazine

quetiapine

risperidone

sulpiride

thioridazine

thiothixene

trifluoperazine

ziprasidone

Naber, D., & Lambert, M. (2009). The CATIE and CUtLASS
studies in schizophrenia: Results and implications for clinicians. CNS Drugs,
23(8), 649-659. doi:10.2165/00023210-200923080-00002

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Document: Midterm
Exam Study Guide (PDF)

Kay, S. R., Fiszbein,
A., & Opler, L. A. (1987). The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS)
for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 13(2), 261-276.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Clozapine REMS.
(2015). Clozapine REMS: The single shared system for clozapine. Retrieved from
https://www.clozapinerems.com/CpmgClozapineUI/rems/pdf/resources/Clozapine_REMS_A_Guide_for_Healthcare_Providers.pdf

Walden University.
(2016). ASC success strategies: Studying for and taking a test. Retrieved from
http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASCsuccess/ASCtesting

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016j). Case study: Pakistani woman with delusional thought processes
[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

Chakos, M., Patel, J. K., Rosenheck, R., Glick, I. D.,
Hammer, M. B., Tapp, A., & … Miller, D. (2011). Concomitant psychotropic
medication use during treatment of schizophrenia patients: Longitudinal results
from the CATIE study. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, 5(3),
124-134. doi:10.3371/CSRP.5.3.2

Fangfang, S., Stock, E. M., Copeland, L. A., Zeber, J. E.,
Ahmedani, B. K., & Morissette, S. B. (2014). Polypharmacy with
antipsychotic drugs in patients with schizophrenia: Trends in multiple health
care systems. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 71(9), 728-738.
doi:10.2146/ajhp130471

Lin, L. A., Rosenheck, R., Sugar, C., & Zbrozek, A.
(2015). Comparing antipsychotic treatments for schizophrenia: A health state
approach. The Psychiatric Quarterly, 86(1), 107-121.
doi:10.1007/s11126-014-9326-2

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring anxiolytic therapy.

Week 7
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Pain

Pain can greatly influence an individual’s quality of life,
as uncontrolled pain negatively impacts mood, concentration, and the overall
physical and mental well-being of clients. Although pain can often be
controlled with medications, the process of assessing and treating clients can
be challenging because pain is such a subjective experience. Only the person
experiencing the pain truly knows the intensity of the pain and whether there
is a need for medication therapies. Sometimes, beliefs about pain and
treatments for pain can have an adverse effect on the provider-client
relationship. For this Assignment, as you examine the interactive case study
consider how you might assess and treat clients presenting with pain.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with pain

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for pain

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans for clients presenting
for pain therapy

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with pain

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 10, “Chronic Pain and Its Treatment”

Stahl, S. M., & Ball, S. (2009a). Stahl’s illustrated
chronic pain and fibromyalgia. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapter, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia tab.

Chapter 5, “Pain Drugs”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

For insomnia

amitriptyline

amoxapine

carbamazepine

clomipramine

clonidine (adjunct)

desipramine

dothiepin

doxepin

duloxetine

gabapentin

imipramine

lamotrigine

levetiracetam

lofepramine

maprotiline

memantine

milnacipran

nortriptyline

pregabalin

tiagabine

topiramate

trimipramine

valproate (divalproex)

zonisamide

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and
statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2016). Pain: Hope through research.
Retrieved from
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chronic_pain/detail_chronic_pain.htm#3084_2

Required Media

Laureate Education
(2016a). Case study: A Caucasian man with hip pain [Interactive media file].
Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring therapy for pain and sleep/wake disorders.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Caucasian Man With Hip Pain. You will
be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to prescribe to this
client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the client’s
pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 8
assignment

Assignment: Assessing
and Treating Clients With Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction

Impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction are challenging
disorders for clients across the lifespan. These disorders often manifest as
negative behaviors, resulting in adverse outcomes for clients. In your role as
the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, you have the opportunity to
help clients address underlying causes of the disorders and overcome these
behaviors. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in this
week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for impulsivity,
compulsivity, and addiction

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapters, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 14, “Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction”

Stahl, S. M., & Grady, M. (2012). Stahl’s illustrated
substance use and impulsive disorder New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapter, click on the Illustrated
Guides tab and then the Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders tab.

Chapter 10, “Disorders of Impulsivity and Compulsivity”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

For insomnia

For obsessive-compulsive disorder

Citalopram

clomipramine

escitalopram

fluoxetine

fluvoxamine

paroxetine

sertraline

venlafaxine

vilazodone

For alcohol withdrawal

chlordiazepoxide

clonidine

clorazepate

diazepam

lorazepam

oxazepam

For bulimia nervosa and binge eating

fluoxetine

topiramate

zonisamide

For alcohol
abstinence

acamprosate

disulfiram

For alcohol dependence

nalmefene

naltrexone

For opioid dependence

buprenorphine

naltrexone

For nicotine
addiction

bupropion

varenicline

Book Excerpt: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration. (1999). Treatment of adolescents with substance use disorders.
Treatment Improvement Protocol Series, No. 32. Retrieved from
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64350/

Chapter 1, “Substance Use Among Adolescents”

Chapter 2, “Tailoring Treatment to the Adolescent’s Problem”

Chapter 7, “Youths with Distinctive Treatment Needs”

University of Michigan Health System. (2016). Childhood
trauma linked to worse impulse control in adulthood, study finds. Retrieved
from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160120201324.htm

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Grant, J. E., Odlaug, B. L., & Schreiber, L. N. (2014).
Pharmacological treatments in pathological gambling. British Journal of Clinical
Pharmacology, 77(2), 375–381. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04457.x

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Loreck, D., Brandt, N. J., & DiPaula, B. (2016).
Managing opioid abuse in older adults: Clinical considerations and challenges.
Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(4), 10–15.
doi:10.3928/00989134-20160314-04

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Salmon, J. M., & Forester, B. (2012). Substance abuse
and co-occurring psychiatric disorders in older adults: A clinical case and
review of the relevant literature. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 8(1), 74–84.
doi:10.1080/15504263.2012.648439

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Sanches, M., Scott-Gurnell, K., Patel, A., Caetano, S. C.,
Zunta-Soares, G. B., Hatch, J. P., & … Soares, J. C. (2014). Impulsivity
in children and adolescents with mood disorders and unaffected offspring of
bipolar parents. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(6), 1337–1341.
doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2014.04.018

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education
(2016c). Case study: A Puerto Rican woman with comorbid addiction [Interactive
media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat adolescent clients requiring therapy for impulsivity,
compulsivity, and addiction.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Puerto Rican Woman With Comorbid
Addiction. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication
to prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Week 9
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With ADHD

Not only do children and adults have different presentations
for ADHD, but males and females may also have vastly different clinical
presentations. They may also respond to medication therapies differently. For
example, some ADHD medications may cause children to experience stomach pain,
while others can be highly addictive for adults. In your role, as a psychiatric
mental health nurse practitioner, you must perform careful assessments and
weigh the risks and benefits of medication therapies for clients across the
lifespan. For this Assignment, you consider how you might assess and treat
clients presenting with ADHD.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with ADHD

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for ADHD

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Evaluate ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with ADHD

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: Review all materials from the Discussion.

Conners, C. K., Sitarenios, G., Parker, J. D. A., &
Epstein, J. N. (1998). Revision and restandardization of the Conners’ Teacher
Rating Scale (CTRS-R): Factors, structure, reliability, and criterion validity.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 26, 279-291.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education
(2016d). Case study: A young Caucasian girl with ADHD [Interactive media file].
Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

This case study will serve as the foundation for this week’s
Assignment.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: A Young Caucasian Girl With ADHD You
will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to prescribe to
this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the client’s
pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve with
Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

Week 10
assignment

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Clients With Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as “a general
term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily
life” (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016). This term encompasses dozens of
cognitive disorders of impaired memory formation, recall, and communication.
The care and treatment of clients with dementia is dependent on multiple
factors, including the stage of dementia, comorbidities, family support, and
even the care setting. In your role, as the psychiatric mental health nurse
practitioner, you must be prepared to not only treat clients with these various
cognitive disorders, but also the multiple behavioral issues that often
accompany them. For this Assignment, as you examine the client case study in
this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat clients
presenting with dementia.

Reference: Alzheimer’s Association. (2016). What is
dementia? Retrieved from http://www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with dementia

Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for dementia

Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans

Analyze ethical and legal implications related to
prescribing therapy for clients with dementia

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access the following chapter, click on the Essential
Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar
for each chapter.

Chapter 13, “Dementia and Its Treatment”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
appropriate medication.

Review the following medications:

For insomnia

donepezil

galantamine

memantine

rivastigmine

Bui, Q. (2012). Antidepressants for agitation and psychosis
in patients with dementia. American Family Physician, 85(1), 20–22. Retrieved
from http://www.aafp.org/journals/afp.html

Note: Retrieved from from the Walden Library databases.

Meltzer, H. Y.,
Mills, R., Revell, S., Williams, H., Johnson, A., Bahr, D., & Friedman, J.
H. (2010). Pimavanserin, a serotonin receptor inverse agonist for the treatment
of Parkinson’s disease psychosis. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 881–891.
Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v35/n4/pdf/npp2009176a.pdf

Required Media

Laureate Education.
(2016h). Case study: An elderly Iranian man with Alzheimer’s disease
[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this
week’s Assignment.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how to
assess and treat clients requiring therapy for dementia.

The Assignment

Examine Case Study: An Elderly Iranian Man With Alzheimer’s
Disease. You will be asked to make three decisions concerning the medication to
prescribe to this client. Be sure to consider factors that might impact the
client’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes.

At each decision point stop to complete the following:

Decision #1

Which decision did you select?

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #1 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #2

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #2 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Decision #3

Why did you select this decision? Support your response with
evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

What were you hoping to achieve by making this decision?
Support your response with evidence and references to the Learning Resources.

Explain any difference between what you expected to achieve
with Decision #3 and the results of the decision. Why were they different?

Also include how ethical considerations might impact your
treatment plan and communication with clients.

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