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Ch 27: Understanding Behavioral & Psychosocial Disorders for Nurses

About This Chapter

Study the information about psychosocial and behavioral disorders that nurses need to know by checking out his informative chapter. In it, you'll find short video and text lessons that are easy to use and created specifically to help you study for an important upcoming exam.

Understanding Behavioral & Psychosocial Disorders for Nurses - Chapter Summary

If you need assistance understanding behavioral and psychosocial disorders for nurses, this chapter is for you. Video and text lessons present topics such as the evaluation and treatment of patient agitation, the symptoms and causes of antisocial behavior and how to evaluate and treat patient violence and aggression. Other subjects covered here include the definition of delirium, the causes of dementia and the care needed for these patients as well as tools utilized to make medication adherence easier for patients. We've created this chapter to assist you in achieving these objectives:

  • Understand different types of mood disorders and the theories associated with them
  • Detail different anxiety disorders and their potential causes
  • Outline the treatments and medications used with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Identify patient risk-taking behaviors and recognize how they are best evaluated
  • Differentiate between substance abuse, use and dependence
  • Describe how substance dependence is commonly treated
  • Discuss the psychological factors at play with regards to drug-taking behaviors
  • Explain the difference between suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior

Feel free to work at your own pace and go back to review any of these subjects as many times as needed until you feel comfortable with them. Use the video tabs feature to easily navigate any of our video lessons, and keep track of your progress in the Dashboard. You'll also find a test at the end of the chapter and a quiz with each lesson. Both offer a great way to check your comprehension.

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: Understanding Behavioral & Psychosocial Disorders for Nurses
Patient Agitation: Nursing Evaluation & Treatment

1. Patient Agitation: Nursing Evaluation & Treatment

Patient agitation is an acute emergency and should be promptly addressed to prevent escalation to aggression. In this lesson, we will learn about nursing evaluation and treatment for patient agitation.

Antisocial Behavior: Causes & Symptoms

2. Antisocial Behavior: Causes & Symptoms

Antisocial behavior can begin as early as preschool and manifests as angry and defiant behavior. The causes of antisocial behavior can be biological or environmental. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and several antisocial behavioral and personality disorders in this lesson.

What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

3. What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

What does it mean to be delirious? What might cause someone to be confused and disoriented, and what can be done to treat it? In this lesson, we'll look at the symptoms, causes, and treatment of delirium.

Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

4. Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

Whether due to Alzheimer's disease or drug abuse, dementia affects many people. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the symptoms, causes and treatment for dementia.

Medication Adherence: Definition, Tools, & Statistics

5. Medication Adherence: Definition, Tools, & Statistics

Medication adherence refers to taking prescription medications correctly. There are many reasons people might not follow their doctor's directions, and we'll take a look at some of these here, as well as some tools you can use to make adherence easier.

Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

6. Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

When someone has abnormal feelings that affect his or her life, he or she might be suffering from a mood disorder. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the types of mood disorders and the different theoretical views of them.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

7. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When do we cross the boundary between natural worry and the debilitating types of anxiety associated with disorders? In this lesson, you'll explore some common anxiety disorders and their potential causes.

PTSD: Symptoms, Medication & Treatment

8. PTSD: Symptoms, Medication & Treatment

Did you know that over three percent of adults in the United States have post-traumatic stress disorder? Learn about PTSD, its symptoms, and how PTSD is treated. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

9. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

Substance Dependence: Definition, Treatment & Symptoms

10. Substance Dependence: Definition, Treatment & Symptoms

In this lesson, you will learn what substance dependence is, what it looks like, and how it is commonly treated. You will also learn the DSM-IV criteria that define substance dependence.

Psychological Factors in Drug-Taking Behavior

11. Psychological Factors in Drug-Taking Behavior

What are the psychological factors that predispose or push someone to drug use? Is it all because of mental illness? Is it all the media's fault? You'll find out about some of these factors in this lesson.

What is Suicidal Ideation? - Definition & Assessment

12. What is Suicidal Ideation? - Definition & Assessment

Suicidal ideation presents significant risks for those struggling with mental health issues. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define suicidal ideation and gain insight into the most effective ways for assessing risk.

What are Suicidal Behaviors? - Definition & Nursing Assessment

13. What are Suicidal Behaviors? - Definition & Nursing Assessment

Nurses are often the first medical professionals to interview patients who may be suicidal. When people with depression go to the emergency room, they need to be assessed to determine if they are at risk of harming themselves or others.

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