Caring for Clients with Psycho-biological Disorders

KEY TERMS
acetylcholine (Ach)
agnosia
Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
aphasia
apraxia
ß-amyloid protein
cholinesterase inhibitors
delirium
dementia
dementia related to HIV disease
depressive pseudodementia
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
executive function
frontotemporal dementia
Lewy body dementia
monoamine oxidase inhibitors
(MAOIs)
neurofibrillary tangle
norepinephrine
selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors (SSRIs)
serotonin
tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
vascular dementia.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Define key terms.
2. Describe the pathophysiology of depression in the client with chronic illness or pain.
3. Describe the assessment, treatment, and nursing care of clients with depression from
chronic illness or pain.
4. Discuss the various causes of delirium.
5. Differentiate delirium, depression, and dementia.
6. Describe the assessment, treatment, and nursing care of clients experiencing delirium.
7. Discuss the major types of dementia and their symptoms.
8. Describe the assessment, treatment, and nursing care of clients with dementia.

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