Intro: Program Objectives (00:48)
Signs, symptoms and physiology; types of psychotropic medications; how psychotropic medications work and assessment of the patient.
Mood Disorders (01:54)
See a dramatization of a manic episode. Mood disorders include bipolar disorders and major depression with or without psychotic features. Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and atypical antipsychotics are treatments for mood disorders.
Bipolar Disorders (Manic Depression) (00:51)
See a dramatization of a manic episode. Bipolar disorder is marked by severe mood swings and remission and recurrence; in severe forms patients may become psychotic. Comorbid problems include polysubstance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and migraine.
Diagnostic Criteria and Causes (01:17)
Learn the two types of bipolar as described by the DSM-IV-TR: Bipolar I & Bipolar II. Research into the causes of bipolar disorder is described here.
Medications for Bipolar Disorders (04:04)
Lithium is the common treatment for bipolar disorder. Lithium can have dangerous side effects, so monitoring is essential. Long-term side effects include hypothyroidism and kidney damage.
Anticonvulsants are now being used as first line mood stabilizers. Liver function tests and drug serum level monitoring are recommended. Side effects include sedation, changes in blood pressure, balance, speech patterns, tremor, and more.
Bipolar Disorder: Psychotropic Medications (00:36)
Bipolar Disorder: Psychotropic Medications
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