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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

What Should the Nurse Do?

Psychiatric-Mental Health NursingWhat Should the Nurse Do?

What Should the Nurse Do?

Maria is a twenty-eight-year-old female who has been diagnosed with OCD and has been struggling with severe contamination fears, leading her to wash her hands repeatedly throughout the day. This ritual has resulted in red, chapped skin on her hands. Maria is distressed and finds it difficult to complete daily tasks or leave the house.

History: Maria’s symptoms began to appear in her early twenties and have gradually worsened. She has a family history of anxiety disorders. Previous treatments have included medication and outpatient therapy, with some improvement, but recent stressors have led to a relapse.

Treatment Plan: Maria’s treatment plan includes a combination of CBT with ERP, medication management with an SSRI, and coordination with a psychiatric nurse for education and ongoing support.

1 .
What are the essential considerations for the nursing care plan for Maria?
2 .
What interventions could be useful in assisting Maria with her handwashing compulsion?
3 .
How might a nurse collaborate with the interdisciplinary team in Maria’s care?
4 .
What client education might be necessary for Maria to manage her OCD in daily life?

Sarah, a twenty-nine-year-old female, was referred to mental health services by her primary care physician. She reported experiencing memory gaps, feeling like she’s “watching herself from afar,” and periods where she acts like different people, including a timid child and an angry young male. Family members have also noted her shifting behaviors. Sarah’s history includes a traumatic childhood with physical and emotional abuse.

Symptoms: Distinct identity states, memory gaps related to personal information, confusion about personal identity, altered perceptions and behaviors

Diagnosis: After a thorough evaluation, Sarah was diagnosed with DID.

Treatment: Sarah’s treatment plan included establishing safety, psychotherapy focusing on integration and rehabilitation, collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, and regular monitoring and assessment.

5 .
Based on the information provided, what indicators led to the diagnosis of DID in Sarah’s case?
6 .
What are the essential components of Sarah’s treatment plan for DID, and why are they vital?
7 .
How can nurses play a role in the care and support of a DID client like Sarah?

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