What Is Schizophrenia? (04:02)
Schizophrenia is a series of consequences resulting from fundamental brain dysfunction. The whole brain is involved in this condition. Classifications of symptoms are positive, negative, cognitive, and mood.
Comorbid Conditions/Assessment (01:54)
Comorbid conditions may include substance abuse, hepatitis, AIDS, and diabetes. These can contribute to depression, anxiety, and aggression. The interview, a critical tool in the assessment process, takes into account comorbid conditions.
Medications for Schizophrenia (04:14)
Antipsychotic agents are categorized into two broad groups: first generation agents (typical) and second-generation agents (atypical). Typical agents work primarily at receptor sites in the brain. A list of medications is included.
Second-Generation Psychotropics (03:48)
Second generation agents also block access of various neurotransmitters from certain receptor sites in the brain. It is important to carry out routine liver and kidney function tests. Extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) are demonstrated and described.
Psychotropics and Nursing Responsibility (05:28)
Nurses and other heathcare professionals must be observant of patient behaviors. All patients must be educated about the possible side effects of their medications. Several specific antipsychotics may have particularly dangerous side effects.
Credits: Schizophrenia: Psychotropic Medications (00:50)
Credits: Schizophrenia: Psychotropic Medications
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