Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With Mood Disorders.

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With Mood Disorders.

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With Mood Disorders.

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With Mood Disorders.

 

Assignment: Assessing and Treating Pediatric Clients With Mood Disorders

When pediatric clients present with mood disorders, the process of assessing, diagnosing, and

treating them can be quite complex. Children not only present with different signs and symptoms

than adult clients with the same disorders, but they also metabolize medications much

differently. As a result, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners must exercise caution when

 

prescribing psychotropic medications to these clients. For this Assignment, as you examine the

client case study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat

pediatric clients presenting with mood disorders.NURS 6630 – Psychopharmacologic

Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology Essay Assignment

Note: This Assignment is the first of 10 assignments that are based on interactive client case

studies. For these assignments, you will be required to make decisions about how to assess and

treat clients. Each of your decisions will have a consequence. Some consequences will be

insignificant, and others may be life altering. You are not expected to make the “right” decision

every time; in fact, some scenarios may not have a “right” decision. You are, however, expected

to learn from each decision you make and demonstrate the ability to weigh risks versus benefits

to prescribe appropriate treatments for clients.

NURS 6630 – Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology Essay

Assignment

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link

will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the library, the Stahl

website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013). Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical

applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Note: 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.

Chapter 6, “Mood Disorders”

Chapter 7, “Antidepressants”

Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University

Press.

 

Note: To access the following medications, click on the The Prescriber's Guide, 5th 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.

Review the following medications:

amitriptyline

bupropion

citalopram

clomipramine

NURS 6630 – Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology Essay

Assignment

Magellan Health, Inc. (2013). Appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in children and adolescents:

A clinical monograph. Retrieved from http://www.magellanhealth.com/media/445492/magellan-

psychotropicdrugs-0203141.pdf

Rao, U. (2013). Biomarkers in pediatric depression. Depression & Anxiety, 30(9), 787–791.

doi:10.1002/da.22171

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Vitiello, B. (2012). Principles in using psychotropic medication in children and adolescents. In J.

M. Rey (Ed.), IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Geneva:

International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. Retrieved

from http://iacapap.org/wp-content/uploads/A.7-PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-072012.pdf

Poznanski, E., & Mokros, H. (1996). Child Depression Rating Scale–Revised. Los Angeles, CA:

Western Psychological Services.

Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

 

Required Media

Laureate Education (2016e). Case study: An African American child suffering from depression

[Interactive media file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this week’s Assignment.

Optional Resources

El Marroun, H., White, T., Verhulst, F., & Tiemeier, H. (2014). Maternal use of antidepressant

or anxiolytic medication during pregnancy and childhood neurodev

 

 

 

 

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