Antipsychotic Schizophrenia Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… With this being the case, antipsychotic medications often have side effects that need to be monitored regularly by the health professionals (Young et al, 2011). Compliance is often a challenge with patients either because of the unmanageable side effects they experience or through limited insight. It is a role of the health professionals involved in the care to closely monitor this behaviour, as the effectiveness of the treatment may be affected (Young et al, 2011). Keller, Drexler &Lichtenberg (2009) discuss the benefits of treating paranoid schizophrenia with atypical antipsychotic medication clozapine and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). However both forms of treatment are linked with harsh side effects. As a nurse it is important to manage these side effects as best possible . Thus relieving anxiety related to treatment, ensuring healthy outcomes for the patient, this is making physical health an important aspect of management (Keller, Drexler &Lichtenberg, 2009).
Physical health is an area that is of equal importance to a patient’s mental health. With the treatment of schizophrenia frequently resulting in antipsychotic medication, this brings about the need to manage patient’s physical status, as such side effects as increased weight gain may hinder the recovery process, through patients
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