If you’ve ever provided care to a patient diagnosed with bipolar disorder you know how challenging they can be. They question everything, they can be irritable, provocative, question their meds, and when they’re done pointing out your flaws, you wonder why you went into nursing.
Ringin’ any bells so far?
In this module I’ll discuss the differences between Bipolar I and Bipolar II disorders and describe the general behaviors associated with each. We’ll review the potential causes, prevalence, treatment options, and suicide risk and staff’s role in preventing suicide. I’ll also suggest some patient engagement strategies, and I’ll give some pointers on staff interaction skills including limit setting and how to set therapeutic boundaries.
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