Disorders With Behavioral Components

Disorders With Behavioral Components

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Disorders with Behavioral Components 

Mental health and substance abuse disorders can affect individuals across the life span. While these illnesses are common, recurrent, and serious, they are often treatable and many people do recover (SAMHSA, 2020). Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior such that these changes can and do affect how individuals relate to others and how they make choices.

Behavioral disorders that give rise to impulsivity and substance abuse represent one area of expertise for which a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PNP) may prescribe pharmacologic treatments. Furthermore, understanding the underlying mechanisms that result in these behavioral disorders will be an important component of any treatment plan. Not surprisingly, PNPs may observe the coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder (SAMHSA, 2020). Such co-occurring disorders or comorbidities present additional challenges for PNPs in assessing, treating, and providing care to their patients.

As you engage with the content for this module, reflect on how you might assess, treat, and provide care for patients presenting with behavioral disorders. While some disorders may have a direct treatment plan, others may require additional assessment considerations and pharmacologic interventions.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Mental health and substance use disorders. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disorders

What’s Happening This Module?

Module 3, Disorders With Behavioral Components, is a 2-week module. During Week 10, you will continue to apply your assessment and therapy skills as you assess and treat patients suffering from impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction. In Week 11, you will review treatment plans and concepts related to the treatment of patients with dementia/Alzheimer’s and comorbid states. You will also complete your Final Exam for the course.

What do I have to do?     When do I have to do it?    
Review your Learning Resources. Days 1–7, Weeks 10–11
Assignment: Assessing and Treating Patients With Impulsivity, Compulsivity, and Addiction Submit your Assignment by Day 7 of Week 10.
Final Exam Complete Final Exam by Day 7 of Week 11.

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