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Mental Health

1. Panic attack

Abrupt experience of intense fear and discomfort, consumer feels a sudden elevation of fear, may occur anytime. Consumer having the attack show’s physical symptoms such as dizzines and palpitation.

How it relates to or affects my clinical practice:

If the consumer is having panic attack the nurse can calm the consumer and the nurse can assisst the consumer through out the episode of the attack.

Refrences: Barlow, D. And Durand, M. (2008). Abnormal psychologyan integrative aprouch. (Fifth edition., 121-124). Canada: Wadsworth.

Sims, A. (2003). Symptoms in the mind., An introduction to descriptive psychopathology. (Third edition.,328). New England: Saundres.

2. Phobia

Consumer shows unreasonable and unexplained fear of a certain animal, insect, place, situation. Some people may feel an extreme fear of riding a bus or a train. Some shows excessive fear towards a large crowd.

How it relates to or affects my clinical practice:

A nurse understand that a certain people has fears, everybody has a phobia, understanding the consumer’s feeling will be helpfull and will promote an open communication to discuss such fear inorder to resolve it.

Refrences: Nevid, J. And Rathus, S. (2006). Abnormalpsychology in changing world. (sixth edition.,52-191). New Jersey: Pearson.

Sims, A. (2003). Symptoms in the mind., An introduction to descriptive psychopathology.(Third edition.,308-401). New England. Saunders.

3. Delirium

Consumer with delirium show’s detachment with the environment, unaware of specific information about themselves and others. Disoriented and confused, has low attention span. May caused by a high fever , medication induced or from alcohol widrawal.

How it relates to or affects my clinical practice:

Consumer’s having a delirium are confused and may have amnesia for the moment. As a nurse it is best to explain to the family about consumer’s condition. Giving information to the family about delirium and at the same time attend to consumer’s needs.

References: Barlow, D. And Durand, M. (2008). Abnormal psychologyand integrative approach. (Fifth edition., 533-535). Canada: Wadsworth.

Sadock, B. And Sadock, A, (2007). Synopsis of psychiatry., Behavioural science/clinical psychiatry.(Tenth edition.,322-327).Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams and Wilkins.

4. Hallucination

False interpretation and perception. Consumer may hear and see things that are not true and do not exist. For example hearing something whispered or seeing a person who is already dead.

How it relates to or affects my clinical practice:

The incident may happen to consumer anytime. Calm the consumer, re orient to reality, and try to explain to the family about the consumers condition.

References: Sims, A. (2003). Symptoms in the mind., An introduction to descriptive psychopathology.(Third edition.,93-108). New England. Saunders.

Sadock, B. And Sadock, A, (2007). Synopsis of psychiatry., Behavioural science/clinical psychiatry.(Tenth edition.,278).Philadelphia: Lippincot Williams and Wilkins.

5. Delusion

An irrational and false belief, people or consumer’s who has delusion may appear normal but most of the time they choose decisions that are unusual.

How it relates to or affects my clinical practice:

Consumer’s with delusion...
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