“I’m no longer at the mercy of my PTSD, and I would not
be here today had I not had the proper diagnosis and treatment. It’s
never too late to seek help.”
—P.K. Philips, PTSD patient
For individuals suffering from posttraumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders, everyday life can be
a constant challenge. Clients requiring anxiolytic therapy may present
with anxiousness, depression, substance abuse issues, and even physical
symptoms related to cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal
ailments. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, you must be
prepared to address the many needs of individuals seeking treatment for
PTSD and other anxiety disorders.
as you study anxiolytic therapies and PTSD treatments, you examine the
assessment and treatment of clients with PTSD and other anxiety
disorders. You also explore ethical and legal implications of these
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.
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.
Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through this link provided.
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.
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.
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
Hamilton, M. (1959). Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. PsycTESTS, doi:10.1037/t02824-0
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.
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:
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:
Also include how ethical considerations might impact your treatment plan and communication with clients.
Note: Support your rationale with a minimum of three
academic resources. While you may use the course text to support your
rationale, it will not count toward the resource requirement.
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
Now that you have:
Next week, you will build on your assessment and treatment skills as you examine clients presenting for antipsychotic therapy.