This course has been approved for 4 hours by the Commission on Case Manager Certification for 2008, 2/12/09 through 12/31/09, 1/15/10 through 12/31/10, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare providers with the most recent information about severe and persistent mental illnesses, particularly the biological aspects. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Discuss the public health and social impact of severe and persistent mental illnesses.
- Describe positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia and treatment guidelines. Identify symptoms, treatment and cormorbidity concerns with major depression. Explain diagnostic categories and biochemical considerations with bipolar illness.
- Describe various anxiety disorders and appropriate nursing approaches for different levels of anxiety.
- Discuss how nurses can have an impact on policy and education issues to improve mental healthcare.