Medications used for substance use disorders, including alcohol use disorder (disulfiram, naltrexone, acamprosate) and opioid use disorder (buprenorphine, methadone). Medications that support smoking cessation (varenicline, buproprion).
Central Nervous System stimulations, which are used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Key medications within this class, side effects, nursing care, and patient teaching for ADHD medications.
Antipsychotic medications used in the treatment of schizophrenia, including first generation (typical) and second generation (atypical) antipsychotics. The side effects and nursing care for each medication class. Two important antipsychotic side effects: extrapyramidal symptoms and neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
Key medications used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, including lithium, carbamazepine, and valproic acid. For lithium, the side effects, contraindications, signs/symptoms of toxicity, interactions, nursing care, and patient teaching associated with lithium. For carbamazepine and valproic acid, the mode of action, key side effects, and nursing care associated with these medications.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (i.e., MAOIs), including: phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, and selegiline. The mode of action, key side effects, interactions, and patient teaching associated with MAOIs.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSNRIs). Key medications that fall within these drug classes. The mode of action, interactions, and important side effects to know for SSRIs and SSNRIs.
Key medications used to treat anxiety, including benzodiazepines (diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide) and atypical anxiolytics (buspirone). The mode of action, side effects, and important teaching regarding medications in these drug classes.
Four key neurotransmitters that are commonly affected by mental health medications, including: GABA, serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Key teaching that should be provided a patient who is prescribed a psychiatric medication. Signs/symptoms of serotonin syndrome and what herbal supplement can increase the risk for serotonin syndrome.
Overviews of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). ECT includes the indications, contraindications, medications used during the procedure, side effects, nursing care and patient teaching. For VNS, we cover the indications, side effects, and patient teaching.
Introduction to therapies for mental health disorders. Relaxation techniques, including progressive relaxation, biofeedback, guided imagery, and meditation. The concept of milieu therapy, along with the purpose and phases of group therapy. A variety of behavioral therapies, including operant conditioning, modeling, aversion therapy, systematic desensitization, and flooding.