Assessing and treating patients with bipolar disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a unique disorder that causes shifts in mood and energy, which results in depression and mania for patients. Proper diagnosis of this disorder is often a challenge for two reasons: 1) patients often present as depressive or manic but may have both; and 2) many symptoms of bipolar disorder are similar to other disorders. Misdiagnosis is common, making it essential for you to have a deep understanding of the disorder’s pathophysiology. For this Assignment, as you examine the patient case study in this week’s Learning Resources, consider how you might assess and treat patients presenting with bipolar disorder.

TO PREPARE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources, including the Medication Resources indicated for this week.
  • Reflect on the psychopharmacologic treatments you might recommend for the assessment and treatment of patients requiring bipolar therapy.

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Reflect on the psychopharmacologic treatments you might recommend for the assessment and
treatment of patients requiring bipolar therapy.

For this assignment, you will write a 5–6-page paper on the topic of bipolar and bipolar and related
disorders. You will create this guide as an assignment; therefore, a title page, introduction, conclusion,
and reference page are required. You must include a minimum of 3 scholarly supporting resources
outside of your course provided resources.

In your paper, you will choose one of the following diagnoses: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder,
Substance/Medication-Induced Bipolar and Related Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorder Due to
Another Medical Condition. Your paper will include discussion for your chosen diagnosis of bipolar and
related disorder on the following:

Prevalence and Neurobiology of your chosen disorder
Discuss the differences between your chosen disorder and one other bipolar and related disorders in
relation to the diagnostic criteria including presentation of symptoms according to DSM 5 TR criteria
Discuss special populations and considerations (children, adolescents, pregnancy/post-partum, older
adult, emergency care) for your chosen bipolar and related disorder; demonstrating critical thinking
beyond basics of HIPPA and informed consent with discussion of at least one for EACH category:
legal considerations, ethical considerations, cultural considerations, social determinants of health
Discuss FDA and/or clinical practice guidelines approved pharmacological treatment options in
relation to acute and mixed episodes vs maintenance pharmacological treatment for your chosen
bipolar and related disorder
Of the medication treatment options for your chosen disorder discuss side effects, FDA approvals
and warnings. What is important to monitor in terms of labs, comorbid medical issues with why
important for monitoring
Provide 3 examples of how to write a proper prescription that you would provide to the patient or
transmit to the pharmacy.

Note: Support your rationale with a minimum of five academic resources. While you may
use the course text to support your rationale, it will not count toward the resource
requirement. You should be utilizing the primary and secondary literature.

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Criteria Ratings Pts

20 pts

20 pts

20 pts

Write a 5–6-page
paper on the topic
of bipolar and
bipolar related
disorders: •
Prevalence •
Neurobiology

20 to >17.0 pts
Excellent Point
range: 90–100

Discussion
includes
Prevalence and
Neurobiology of
chosen bipolar
and related
disorder.

17 to >15.0 pts
Good Point
range: 80–89

Discussion is
vague regarding
Prevalence and
Neurobiology of
chosen bipolar and
related disorder.

15 to >13.0 pts
Fair Point range:
70–79

Discussion is
missing one
section for
Prevalence and
Neurobiology of
chosen bipolar and
related disorder.

13 to >0 pts
Poor Point
range: 0–69

Discussion is
inaccurate or
missing more
than one section
for Prevalence
and Neurobiology
of chosen bipolar
and related
disorder.

• Discuss the
differences
between your
chosen disorder
and one other
bipolar and
related disorders
in relation to the
diagnostic criteria
including
presentation of
symptoms
according to DSM
5 TR criteria.

20 to >17.0 pts
Excellent Point
range: 90–100

Discussion
includes the
differences
between chosen
disorder and one
other bipolar and
related disorders in
relation to the
diagnostic criteria
including
presentation of
symptoms
according to DSM
5 TR criteria.

17 to >15.0 pts
Good Point
range: 80–89

Discussion
includes the
differences
between chosen
disorder and one
other bipolar and
related disorders in
relation to the
diagnostic criteria
including
presentation of
symptoms
according to DSM
version older than
DSM 5 TR criteria.

15 to >13.0 pts
Fair Point range:
70–79

Discussion is vague
in differences
between chosen
disorder and one
other bipolar and
related disorders in
relation to the
diagnostic criteria
and/or missing
discussion
presentation of
symptoms
according to DSM 5
TR criteria or older
version of DSM.

13 to >0 pts
Poor Point
range: 0–69

Discussion is
inaccurate or
does not include
the differences
between chosen
disorder and one
other bipolar and
related disorders
in relation to the
diagnostic
criteria including
presentation of
symptoms
according to
DSM 5 TR
criteria or older
version of DSM.

• Discuss special
populations and
considerations
(children,
adolescent,
pregnancy/post-
partum, older
adult, emergency
care) for your
chosen bipolar

20 to >17.0 pts
Excellent Point
range: 90–100

Special
Populations and
Considerations
are discussed and
specific, not
general and

17 to >15.0 pts
Good Point
range: 80–89

Special
Populations and
Considerations
are discussed not
specific, but
general and

15 to >13.0 pts
Fair Point range:
70–79

Special
Populations
Considerations
are discussed not
specific, but
general and

13 to >0 pts
Poor Point range:
0–69

Special
Populations
Considerations are
vaguley or not
discussed, not
specific, is

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Criteria Ratings Pts

15 pts

and related
disorder-be
specific, not
general and
address at least
one for EACH
category
demonstrating
critical thinking
beyond basics of
HIPPA and
informed consent:
legal
considerations,
ethical
considerations,
cultural
considerations,
social
determinants of
health.

address at least
one for EACH
category
demonstrating
critical thinking
beyond basics of
HIPPA and
informed consent:
legal
considerations,
ethical
considerations,
cultural
considerations,
social
determinants of
health.

address at least
one for EACH
category
demonstrating
critical thinking
beyond basics of
HIPPA and
informed consent:
legal
considerations,
ethical
considerations,
cultural
considerations,
social
determinants of
health.

missing 1-2 of
EACH category
and does not
demonstrate
critical thinking
beyond basics of
HIPPA and
informed consent:
legal
considerations,
ethical
considerations,
cultural
considerations,
social
determinants of
health.

inaccurate and/or
general and
missing 3+ or more
of or none of
EACH category,
inaccurate
discussion and/or
does not
demonstrate
critical thinking
beyond basics of
HIPPA and
informed consent:
legal
considerations,
ethical
considerations,
cultural
considerations,
social
determinants of
health.

• Discuss FDA
and/or clinical
practice
guidelines
approved
pharmacological
treatment options
in relation to acute
and mixed
episodes vs
maintenance
pharmacological
treatment for your
chosen bipolar
and related
disorder • Of the
medication
treatment options
for your chosen
disorder discuss
side effects, FDA
approvals and
warnings. What is
important to

15 to >13.0 pts
Excellent Point
range: 90–100

Discussion
includes FDA
and/or clinical
practice guidelines
approved
pharmacological
treatment options
in relation to acute
and mixed
episodes vs
maintenance
pharmacological
treatment for
chosen bipolar
and related
disorder; Of the
medication
treatment options
chosen for the
disorder there is

13 to >11.0 pts
Good Point
range: 80–89

Discussion
includes vague
FDA and/or clinical
practice guidelines
approved
pharmacological
treatment options
in relation to acute
and mixed
episodes vs
maintenance
pharmacological
treatment for
chosen bipolar
and related
disorder; Of the
medication
treatment options
chosen for the
disorder there is

11 to >9.0 pts
Fair Point range:
70–79

Discussion
includes
pharmacological
treatment options
but not aligned
with FDA
approved and/or
clinical practice
guidelines in
relation to acute
and mixed
episodes vs
maintenance
pharmacological
treatment for
chosen bipolar
and related
disorder; Of the
medication
treatment options

9 to >0 pts
Poor Point range:
0–69

Discussion
inaccurate and/or
missing
pharmacological
treatment options
but not aligned
with FDA approved
and/or clinical
practice guidelines
in relation to acute
and mixed
episodes vs
maintenance
pharmacological
treatment for
chosen bipolar and
related disorder;
Of the medication
treatment options
chosen for the

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Criteria Ratings Pts

15 pts

5 pts

monitor in terms
of labs, comorbid
medical issues
with why
important for
monitoring.

discussion
regarding side
effects, FDA
approvals and
warnings. Paper
includes what is
important to
monitor in terms of
labs, comorbid
medical issues
with why important
formonitoring.

vague discussion
regarding side
effects, FDA
approvals and
warnings. Paper
includes vague
discussion what is
important to
monitor in terms of
labs, comorbid
medical issues
with why important
for monitoring.

chosen for the
disorder there is
missing elements
for discussion
regarding side
effects, FDA
approvals and
warnings. Paper
includes what is
important to
monitor in terms of
labs, comorbid
medical issues but
does not discuss
why important for
monitoring.

disorder there is
inaccurate or no
elements for
discussion
regarding side
effects, FDA
approvals and
warnings. Paper
does not include
what is important
to monitor in terms
of labs, comorbid
medical issues but
does not discuss
why important for
monitoring.Provides three

examples of how
to write a proper
prescription that
would be provided
to patient and/or
transmitted to
pharmacy.
Prescription
contains date,
medication and
strength, amount
to be taken, route
to be taken,
frequency,
indication,
quantity, refills;
providers
signature.

15 to >13.0 pts
Excellent Point
range: 90–100

Provides three
examples of how to
write a proper
prescription that
would be provided
to patient and/or
transmitted to
pharmacy.
Prescription
contains date,
medication and
strength, amount to
be taken, route to
be taken,
frequency,
indication, quantity,
refills; providers
signature.

13 to >11.0 pts
Good Point range:
80–89

Provides three
examples of how to
write a proper
prescription that
would be provided
to patient and/or
transmitted to
pharmacy.
Prescription is
missing 1-2
elements of the
following; date,
medication and
strength, amount to
be taken, route to
be taken, frequency,
indication, quantity,
refills; providers
signature.

11 to >9.0 pts
Fair Point range:
70–79

Provides two
examples of how
to write a proper
prescription that
would be provided
to patient and/or
transmitted to
pharmacy.
Prescription is
missing 3 of the
following: date,
medication and
strength, amount
to be taken, route
to be taken,
frequency,
indication,
quantity, refills;
providers
signature.

9 to >0 pts
Poor Point
range: 0–69

Provides one
example of how
to write a proper
prescription that
would be
provided to
patient and/or
transmitted to
pharmacy.
Prescription is
missing 4+ or is
inaccurately
written for date,
medication and
strength,
amount to be
taken, route to
be taken,
frequency,
indication,
quantity, refills;
providers
signature.

Written
Expression and
Formatting—

5 to >4.0 pts
Excellent Point
range: 90–100

4 to >3.5 pts
Good Point range:
80–89

3.5 to >3.0 pts
Fair Point range:
70–79

3 to >0 pts
Poor Point
range: 0–69

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Criteria Ratings Pts

Paragraph
development and
organization:
Paragraphs make
clear points that
support well-
developed ideas,
flow logically, and
demonstrate
continuity of
ideas. Sentences
are carefully
focused—neither
long and rambling
nor short and
lacking substance.
A clear and
comprehensive
purpose
statement and
introduction are
provided that
delineate all
required criteria.

Paragraphs and
sentences follow
writing standards
for flow, continuity,
and clarity…. A clear
and comprehensive
purpose statement,
introduction, and
conclusion are
provided that
delineate all
required criteria.

Paragraphs and
sentences follow
writing standards for
flow, continuity, and
clarity 80% of the
time….Purpose,
introduction, and
conclusion of the
assignment are
stated, yet they are
brief and not
descriptive.

Paragraphs and
sentences follow
writing standards
for flow, continuity,
and clarity 60%–
79% of the time….
Purpose,
introduction, and
conclusion of the
assignment is
vague or off topic.

Paragraphs and
sentences
follow writing
standards for
flow, continuity,
and clarity <
60% of the
time…. No
purpose
statement,
introduction, or
conclusion
were provided.

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