Wk 9 Class Open Discussion

Wk 9 Open Discussion in 3 pages. class

· Choose one of the two following specific populations: either pregnant women or older adults.

· Then, select a specific disorder from the DSM-5 to use.

I choose Dementia

Use each bullet point as headings.

· Use the Walden Library to research evidence-based treatments for your selected disorder in your selected population (either older adults or pregnant women).

· Recommend one FDA-approved drug, one off-label drug, and one nonpharmacological intervention for treating your chosen disorder in older adults or pregnant women.

· Explain the risk assessment you would use to inform your treatment decision making. What are the risks and benefits of the FDA-approved medicine? What are the risks and benefits of the off-label drug?

· Explain whether clinical practice guidelines exist for this disorder, and if so, use them to justify your recommendations. If not, explain what information you would need to take into consideration.

· Support your reasoning with at least three current, credible scholarly resources, one each on the FDA-approved drug, the off-label, and a nonpharmacological intervention for the disorder.

Learning Resources
Required Readings

American Psychiatric Association. (2016). The American Psychiatric Association practice guideline on the use of antipsychotics to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890426807

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2019). Maternal and fetal effects of mental health treatments in pregnant and breastfeeding women: A systematic review of pharmacological interventions.


Hardy, L. T., & Reichenbacker, O. L. (2019). A practical guide to the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and lactation. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 33(3), 254–266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2019.04.001

National Library of Medicine. (2006–2020). Drugs and lactation database (LactMed). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501922/

· The LactMed® database is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based resource on drugs that may be used by breastfeeding mothers. It includes possible effects on nursing infants and offers drug alternatives where possible.

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2015). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry (11th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.

· Chapter 27, “Psychiatry and Reproductive Medicine”

· Chapter 33, “Geriatric Psychiatry”

Stewart, J. G., & DeNisco, S. M. (2019). Role development for the nurse practitioner (2nd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.

· Chapter 3, “Vulnerable Populations”

· Chapter 4, “Mental Health and Primary Care: A Critical Intersection”

· Chapter 5, “Cultural Sensitivity and Global Health”

Some Medication Review
Review the FDA-approved use of the following medicines related to treating neurocognitive disorders.

Alzheimer’s disease


Parkinson’s disease dementia/psychosis

caprylidene donepezil galantamine memantine rivastigmine

There are no FDA-approved medications for the treatment of delirium.

nuplazid rivastigmine pimavanserin

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