(Solution) NURS 6521 Week 8 Discussion: Decision Making When Treating Psychological Disorders

Psychological disorders, such as depression, bipolar, and anxiety disorders can present several complications for patients of all ages. These disorders affect patients physically and emotionally, potentially impacting judgment, school and/or job performance, and relationships with family and friends. Since these disorders have many drastic effects on patients’ lives, it is important for advanced practice nurses to effectively manage patient care. With patient factors and medical history in mind, it is the advanced practice nurse’s responsibility to ensure the safe and effective diagnosis, treatment, and education of patients with psychological disorders.

For this Discussion, you will select an interactive media piece to practice decision making when treating patients with psychological disorders. You will recommend the most effective pharmacotherapeutic to treat the psychological disorder presented and examine potential impacts of pharmacotherapeutics on a patient’s pathophysiology.

To Prepare
  • Review this week’s interactive media pieces and select one to focus on for this Discussion.
  • Reflect on the decision steps in the interactive media pieces, and consider the potential impacts from the administration of the associated pharmacotherapeutics on the patient’s pathophysiology.
By Day 3 of Week 8

Post a brief explanation of the psychological disorder presented and the decision steps you applied in completing the interactive media piece for the psychological disorder you selected. Then, explain how the administration of the associated pharmacotherapeutics you recommended may impact the patient’s pathophysiology. How might these potential impacts inform how you would suggest treatment plans for this patient? Be specific and provide examples.


Generalized Anxiety disorder (GAD) is a psychological condition manifested by severe anxiety and excessive worry regarding everyday events without any apparent reasons. The individuals with this problem usually expect to face profound experiences and worry about employment,  health, money, school, and family. However, such worry is not often proportionate to the situation. The patient presents normal cardiac rhythm with no murmur.   There are no signs of peripheral edema, and the refilling rate for the capillary ranges from 0 to 1.5.

It is important to note that the majority of patients with  GAD report remission. However, Kelly and Mezuk (2017) indicate that childhood adverse experiences are the major predictors of recurrence. Pharmacological treatment is the most effective method of reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Benzodiazepines have significant efficacy in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Besides, the new formulation of alprazolam is also effective and readily available. The reason for recommending these drugs is that they have fewer…Please click the icon below to purchase full answer at only $5