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RUNNING HEAD: Anxiolytic Therapy 1 Anxiolytic Therapy Joanna Cunningham Walden University NURS 6630, Psychopharmacologic Approaches to Treatment of Psychopathology September 30, 2019
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RUNNING HEAD: Anxiolytic Therapy 2 Anxiolytic Therapy Anxiety disorders display features of fear and worry and include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (Stahl, 2013). According to Rosche (2015), general anxiety disorder (GAD ) affects approximately 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the US population. The criteria involved with GAD include the presence of excessive anxiety and worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities which often occurs for at least six months and is excessive (Glasofer, 2019). People with GAD find it difficult to control their anxiety and focus on a daily task (National Institute of Mental Health, 2016). Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized as a mental illness of unknown cause but has been associated with traumatic experiences in the individual's life. Client The case study titled; A Middle-Aged White Male with Anxiety involved a 46-year-old mal seen in the emergency room. He is alert and oriented, appropriately dressed, with clear, speech, and blunted affect who presents with symptoms like a heart attack. His symptoms included chest tightness, mild hypertension, trouble breathing, and feeling of “impending doom.” After a complete assessment to rule out a myocardial infarction, he was ultimately referred for mental health services. He continues to be symptomatic and describes them "anxiety attacks." He has many stressors in his life which include harsh management at his employment as well as acting as a caregiver to his aging parents. He reports drinking 3-4 beers a night to help with the stressors of life. He denies all visual, auditory, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions. His HAM- A score is 26, which indicates severe anxiety. The purpose of this assignment is to assess the client presented in the case study, explore treatment options which determines the best
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RUNNING HEAD: Anxiolytic Therapy 3 pharmacological agent involved, and discuss ethical considerations involved in the treatment plan of the client. First Decision I decided to start the client on Zoloft 50mg orally daily as the first pharmacological agent in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Although SSRIs are usually intended to treat depression, they are also the first line of therapy for anxiety disorders (Stahl, 2013). The clinical signs reported by the client indicating anxiety attacks and frequent worrying about family and work.
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