Alberto Gutierrez Lopez
16 minutes ago, at 8:55 AM
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Foundational Neuroscience in Prescribing Medications for Psychiatric Patients
I’ll use Case 2 from the videos section, which explores the function of the neurotransmitter serotonin in different mental diseases, as an example of what I want to talk about here. Understanding the importance of serotonin and how drugs that alter serotonin levels are used to treat psychiatric diseases is critical to my work as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Chu & Wadhwa, 2022).
When prescribing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for a depressed patient, for example, the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner must be informed of the medication’s function. Inhibiting serotonin reuptake in the brain is how SSRIs function, and this boost in serotonin levels is what improves mood and reduces depression symptoms (Liu et al., 2019). To ensure that an SSRI treatment is both successful and well-tolerated, it is crucial to take into account the possible side effects, such as gastrointestinal upset and sexual dysfunction, and to monitor the patient’s reaction to the medicine.
The possible interactions between SSRIs and other drugs the patient may be taking should be taken into account with the risks associated with using the drug. An increased risk of bleeding has been linked to the combination of SSRIs and several blood-thinning medications. Because of my specialty in mental health nursing, I am responsible for reviewing my patients’ prescription lists and working with their other doctors to make sure they are getting the best possible treatment (Chu & Wadhwa, 2022).
In conclusion, knowing the fundamentals of neuroscience, such the function of neurotransmitters like serotonin, may affect how I prescribe pharmaceuticals to patients by allowing me to choose the most effective treatments and track my patients’ progress (Liu et al., 2019). I can provide the patient the best possible treatment by taking into account the risks associated with their drugs as well as their interactions with one another.
Chu, A., & Wadhwa, R. (2022). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. In
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Liu, Y., Zhao, J., Fan, X., & Guo, W. (2019). Dysfunction in serotonergic and noradrenergic systems and somatic symptoms in psychiatric disorders.
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Neuroscience of Depression. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a4y6tzkJdc
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Yordanis Santana Soayero
17 minutes ago, at 8:54 AM
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A client who had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder is a good illustration of the circumstances in which a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is required to be aware of the effect of the medicine being administered to a patient (MD). Sertra
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