Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bipolar Disorders nursing care plans

. Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bipolar disorder is an affective disorder marked by severe pathologic mood swings, these disorders are characterized by mood swings from profound depression to extreme euphoria (mania), with intervening periods of normalcy
The diagnostic picture for bipolar Disorders depression is identical to major depressive disorder, with one exception. For Bipolar Disorders client must have a history of one or more manic episodes

Bipolar I Disorder
Bipolar I disorder is the diagnosis given to an individual who is experiencing, or has experienced, a full syndrome of manic or mixed symptoms. The client may also have experienced episodes of depression.
Bipolar II Disorder
Bipolar II disorder is characterized by recurrent bouts of major depression with the episodic occurrence of hypomania. This individual has never experienced a full syndrome of manic or mixed symptoms.
Cyclothymic Disorder
The essential feature is a chronic mood disturbance of at least 2 years’duration, involving numerous periods of depression and hypomania, but not of sufficient severity and duration to meet the criteria for either bipolar I or II disorder. There is an absence of psychotic features.

Common Nursing Diagnoses for Bipolar Disorders
  • Chronic low self-esteem
  • Disturbed personal identity
  • Disturbed thought processes
  • Impaired social interaction
  • Ineffective coping
  • Ineffective health maintenance
  • Ineffective role performance

Other resource for Bipolar Disorders care
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach!
Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Plans!


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