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Mood disorders are alterations in emotions that are expressed as depression, mania or both, and include bipolar and depression.
When dealing with mental health disorders, especially mood disorders, it is important to do all of the following, except:
The depressed patient may have medication prescribed that include tricyclic (TCA’s), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s). Common side effects that nurses must watch for in patients taking this medication include:
Discontinuation syndrome describes the dizziness, lethargy, headache, and nausea that results when most antidepressants are abruptly discontinued.
There is no need to counsel patients about the timeframe involved in getting antidepressants to a therapeutic level because they begin quickly with symptoms relieved in 1-2 weeks.
While atypical antipsychotics such as olanzapine (Zyprexa), aripiprazole (Abilify), and risperidone (Risperdal) are also used for Bipolar Disorder, the drug of choice is still lithium. Therefore, the correctional nurse needs to know which of the following about lithium?
Patients prescribed antipsychotic medication should be monitored for which of the following very serious side effects that should be reported to a provider immediately?